The Springs Taphouse: Great Canadian Craft Beer in Seoul

  On a sunny afternoon, the day after Hallowe’en, I met with Mission Springs Sale Manager Ian Rodgers at their Kyundridan location here in Seoul, Korea. The Springs Taphouse is a Korean branch of Mission Springs Brewing Company in British Columbia that serve excellent Canadian craft beer and pizza. I ran into Ian at the …

Guinness in Vietnam?

By Jonathan Gharbi at BeerVN A frequent question about beer in Vietnam is if you can get hold of a Guinness or any other stout or porter. But why drink a expensive imported beer when you have many tastier local beers with more malt and taste?    There are many microbreweries that make black beer with imported malt …

The Great Korean Beer Festival: Media Paran is Perfecting the Beer Festival

It was a gorgeous autumn evening at the War Memorial, under leaves the colors of roasted malt and well-crafted beer: amber, nut brown, blonde, and straw. The GKBF had all the fun of an amazing pub experience with live music, lots of fun people, and tons of food and beer. Last weekend’s Great Korean Beer …

Taking the Plunge: Learning To Homebrew With Seoul Homebrew Shop

Have you ever had a moment where, after years of going back and forth, hemming and hawing, you finally take the plunge and do something you've always wanted to do? After years of curiosity, I took the plunge on a nice autumn afternoon last Sunday. With some initiative from my friend Rob Shelley, I was …

IPA Bottle Tasting #1: Lost Coast, Ninkasi, Ballast Point, Brew Dog, Kona, and Queen’s Ale

In many respects, American-style IPAs have become the poster child for the recent craft beer boom. New varieties of hops from the Pacific Northwest—such as Simcoe, Cascade, Chinook, and Columbus—have introduced new flavors and punchy bitterness to countless new beer drinkers. In Korea, too, the IPA is gaining in popularity; not only with foreigners but …

Home Brewing in Vietnam

by Jonathan Gharbi of BeerVN There are a hopeless group of beer enthusiasts in Vietnam who doesn’t drink industrial beer or satisfy themselves with a visit in one of the 40 local microbreweries that we have in Vietnam. People who just have to make it complicated by mixing several kinds of malt and hops with other ingredients …