TAP – The Ale Project
This Kowloon brew bar is fast becoming one of our top destinations for intriguing craft beers and quality comfort food
The craft beer trend has been moving along swiftly, and while much of the openings have been concentrated on the island, we’re thankful that Kowloon isn’t running dry thanks to TAP (acronym for The Ale Project) in Mongkok’s Hak Po Street. An impressive selection of both local and international brews are available on – you guessed it – tap, supplementing a sizeable selection of bottled imports.
The ‘Brewed in Hong Kong’ list is an encouraging read, with offerings mostly from Wong Chuk Hang-based Young Master Ales (try the recent Cha Chan Teng Gose, which is brewed with salted lime to intriguing results) and some showings from HK Beer Co. Recognisable labels such as Brewdog and Meantime from the UK fight for tap space on the wall with American and Scandi imports, from Anderson Valley to Nøgne Ø.
And what is beer without food? Tap works with one of our favourite bakers, Gregoire Michaud, on excellent breads that go into hearty sandwiches that are inspired by the best of Hong Kong – think a siu yuk (roasted pork) Cubano with Chinese pickles, or a take on a Southern po’boy with ‘jiu yim’ (salt and pepper) prawns. The atmosphere is always agreeable, too – quiet enough for a relaxed Sunday pint, and lively enough for a round of Friday drinks.
In mid-July, Chris Wong – the man hehind TAP and homebrew headquarters HK Brewcraft – will be opening another venture, called Beer & Fish in Soho.
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