Five Marbles: Singapore gastropub strives to be the fifth ingredient

Singaporeans are passionate about their food. Eating is so important to the city’s life, that even professional gourmand Anthony Bourdain dubbed it a “food-crazy culture”. At Five Marbles Craft Beer Restaurant, they’re also passionate about beer. Beer and food together? So far, so standard, I hear you say. What makes Five Marbles stand out, however,Continue reading “Five Marbles: Singapore gastropub strives to be the fifth ingredient”

Shenzhen Craft Beer Fest: Day One Photo Album and Tips

Day one of the third annual Shenzhen Craft Beer Fest is in the books, and day two is currently underway. If you haven’t gone yet: GO! This might literally be the best craft beer festival I’ve ever attended. Why? A full review will be up next week but for now there’s two main reasons: JoeContinue reading “Shenzhen Craft Beer Fest: Day One Photo Album and Tips”

The First Ever “Crafty Beer Fest” in Shenzhen, China – A Review

Leading up to last weekend’s Crafty Beer Fest in Shenzhen, I couldn’t help but think of Hong Kong’s Beertopia. Although the amount and range of beer, and the location, were incredible, I documented how bummed out I was at the prices there. Although after visiting Hong Kong a few more times and drinking in someContinue reading “The First Ever “Crafty Beer Fest” in Shenzhen, China – A Review”

Beertopia 2017 Review: The Best Craft Beer Festival I Couldn’t Afford

Hailed as Asia’s biggest craft beer festival, Beertopia was marked on my calendar for months. After spending that last 5 years in Seoul, this was the first craft beer festival I’ve attended outside South Korea. Now living in Shenzhen, an easy commute from Hong Kong, I fully expected Hong Kong’s Beertopia to raise my craftContinue reading “Beertopia 2017 Review: The Best Craft Beer Festival I Couldn’t Afford”

The Booth Part II: “The Best Decision We Made, Ever.” An Interview With Head Brewer Chris Shelton

I was in line outside The Booth Brewery in Pangyo this past January, waiting for their relaunch event to begin. I had already interviewed Sunghoo Yang, the co-founder of The Booth, and was dictating some notes in private when I realized that a sizable line-up had materialized out of nowhere. To make matters worse, I hadContinue reading “The Booth Part II: “The Best Decision We Made, Ever.” An Interview With Head Brewer Chris Shelton”

The Booth Part I: A Friendly Neighborhood Haven – Interview with Co-foudner Sunghoo Yang About The Booth’s Past and Future

  The Booth has been a major presence in the Korean craft beer scene since it first appeared in the spring of 2013. With 5,000KRW glasses of Bill’s Pale Ale and 4,000KRW slices of Monster Pizza, it was perhaps the cheapest place in the city for good food and beer. Today, pizza paired with craftContinue reading “The Booth Part I: A Friendly Neighborhood Haven – Interview with Co-foudner Sunghoo Yang About The Booth’s Past and Future”

Celtic Pride, Boston Style: St. Paddy’s Day Weekend at Maloney’s

I recently asked Maloney’s Pub & Grill owner, and Maloney’s Brewing Co. owner, Brendan Maloney about his pub’s upcoming St. Paddy’s Day plans. (Pics courtesy of Brendan Maloney)  What will the St. Paddy’s Day atmosphere be like at your pub? The atmosphere is pretty lively with people, Irish or not, getting wasted on green beerContinue reading “Celtic Pride, Boston Style: St. Paddy’s Day Weekend at Maloney’s”

Gorilla Brewing Co Q&A on the Eve of Their Tap Takeover of Seoul

Gorilla Brewing Co. is a brand new brewpub located in Busan’s hip new craft beer mecca near Gwangalli Beach. They are being hosted this week in Seoul at Pong Dang (Thursday, March 3rd) and Hop Mori (Saturday, March 5th). 1) Who is Gorilla Brewing Co? How did it start? The Gorilla Brewing Co project startedContinue reading “Gorilla Brewing Co Q&A on the Eve of Their Tap Takeover of Seoul”

Meet the Brewer: Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery Visits Mikkeller Seoul Tomorrow

Boxing Cat Brewery has been a craft beer staple of Shanghai since 2008. With three locations in Shanghai, plus another kitchen and taphouse, Boxing Cat is coming to South Korea tomorrow (Feb 20th, 2016) for the first time—at least for a little while. Tomorrow, beer geeks from Seoul get a chance to try Boxing Cat’s mostContinue reading “Meet the Brewer: Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery Visits Mikkeller Seoul Tomorrow”

Summary of the Korean Craft Beer Scene in 2016

It’s alive! That’s really the shortest way to put it. The craft beer scene in Korea hasn’t fully grown or developed yet, but there’s no denying that it’s alive. When I started writing for this blog in the summer of 2013 with my first summary, I really didn’t know where to get craft beer outsideContinue reading “Summary of the Korean Craft Beer Scene in 2016”