Hong Kong is a city of vibrant culture and unique flavours, and it's no surprise that its craft beverage scene is just as impressive. Whether you're a local or a visitor, keen on a light buzz or alcohol-free sipping, there's no shortage of delicious and refreshing drinks to discover.
From tea-infused cocktails to spiked seltzer to artisanal beers, we've compiled a list of 10 incredible craft-champions that are sure to tantalise your taste buds.
Taboocha is a Hong Kong-based maker that produces a range of delicious kombucha drinks. Unlike many imported brands, Taboocha is made with love by true locals who create with unique flavours like Snow Chrysanthemum and Shiso Watermelon Green Tea, Taboocha is sure to satisfy your taste buds.
If you drink beer in Hong Kong, you know Young Master. But did you know they also offer 500ml crawlers? Their Chungking Espresso kicks you in the right mood: a barrel aged imperial stout with coffee added, it's round, dense, decadent, and full of rich, nutty, and roasty flavours of dark malts, chocolate, and coffee. Slurp!
Did you know It’s really, really hard to get a distilling licence in Hong Kong? According to afoodieworld, for Two Moons: “it [was] a long, frustrating, expensive road, with no road map. It took Two Moons over two years for their licence to be approved." But, when you are as passionate as the founders of Two Moons and you happen to own a gorgeous copper still fondly named: Luna, it’s worth it. Their Trio Tasting Set is a perfect entry-point and includes their Signature Dry Gin, Five Flowers Tea Gin, and Calamansi Gin.
Heroes Beer Co. is another local craft brewery that has made a name for itself in Hong Kong. Their beers are inspired by Hong Kong's vibrant culture and history, with unique conecpts like Hangry Donut, and Citrine and Embarrassador. If you like fun, and want to be part of a creative platform built for beer, this is your place.
Carbon Brews is known for its innovative and experimental beers. From hoppy IPAs to fruity sours, their range of brews is sure to tease your taste buds. They have incredible design and aesthetic to each of their cans and also have an amazing tap room in Central where you can sample all their exotic, curious, fantastical and delicious brews. Even better? They now own and brew in the brewery we built! Keepin' it in the family. Which is an awesome segue way…see what I did there?
Last but not least, us!
Double Haven is a craft brand that cares. They not only produce some of the most delicious beers in Hong Kong and HK’s first ever spiked seltzer - Dragon Water, but the most unique part of Double Haven drinks is that they are intended to bring people outdoors, into the sun, onto the trails, and amongst mates.
So, all their drinks are crafted to be refreshing, accessible to starter-crafters, and the ultimate reward at the end of a race or day at the beach. They are committed to using their business as a platform for good. They are the first beverage company to be members of 1% For The Planet and give back to local community organisations, initiatives and teams with their partnership program.
Double Haven craft beers and spiked seltzers are a great choice for those who care about the environment and supporting local community – oh, and incredible quality and taste. O.K, we are bias, but it’s easy because it’s also true!
So there you have it, our HK craft hit-list! There are so many incredible crafted beverages not only founded but actually made in Hong Kong.
There are so may wonderful craft creators supporting the local community and each other, and pushing the scene to keep creating innovative drinks.
Hong Kong's beverage scene is truly one-of-a-kind. So, next time you're in the city or want to explore something new, be sure to try a few of these delicious, innovative and refreshing options.
From Leigh & Scott