the craft movement started some 6 years ago with 1 Belgium craft beer restaurant--then the first ever 100% craft beer bar came along some 4 years ago, after which 1 bottle shop joined in.
since the last 12-18 months--there's an addition of :-
2 craft beer bar+1 bottle shop--making it the grand total of 3 bars+2 bottle shop....
that's all we have locally for 100% craft dedicated places..
lack of varieties or selection---due to limited supply--is what KL craft beer scene is facing, this is still very much a market where pale ale, IPA take up most tap or displaying area at the bar/shop.(And we are not talking about comparison with US or Europe)
If we were to compare with Bangkok up north or Singapore down south, the lack of varieties in beer styles is quite obvious.
Is KL a lousy place for craft beer? NOPE--certainly NOT--far from it--but if you are a beer geek who demand varieties and high quality beers--then you would be somewhat critical about the progress--or the seemingly very slow progress( or was it even regress?) so far...
The craft movement in and around Bangkok been quite interesting--there's new bars opening up in numbers for the past 12-18 months, some 100% dedicated bars, some a mix of craft and macro or craft and coffee place....
过去一年，新开撞意酒吧不少，引人注目的包括“HAIR OF THE DOG”，13个啤酒泵常有类别分布均衡的佳酿供选择，有以质取胜感觉。另一家开在产业展示厅的“WISHBEER”是由之前只提供网上订购兼送啤酒上门服务的虚拟瓶子店变身而成，另外，之前开业只有8个啤酒泵的CRAFT已大量增加到40个啤酒泵选择，大有以量取胜的企图。（最近也在曼谷另一地点开了20个啤酒泵分店）谈到曼谷，“米吧”（MIKKELLER BANGKOK）仍然是指标，除了不定时举行占领啤酒泵（TAP TAKEOVER）活动或新品牌品酒会，最新动作是正式把啤酒结合美食，在现有旧式洋房阁楼打造一间小餐厅，由之前在美国芝加哥一家米其林2星餐厅担任副主厨的高手玩美食配啤酒
Among the newly opened bars--some noteworthy ones are bars such as :-
-the 13 taps Hair of the Dog with good selection and varieties of beer styles (yeah--some may wonder about the name---there's no HOTD beers on sale)
-the virtual store turned bar---Wishbeer which is housing it's bar at a property showroom at Ekamai
-the 8 taps turned 40 taps Craft(number game wise this could be the bar with the most taps in BKK for now)
and of course--Bangkok has got Mikkeller Bar which always would have something exciting for geeks and drinkers alike....latest development is a restaurant Upstairs--offering fine dine, tasting session and of course more beers...
If you are into home brew--the movement is getting quite interesting since it is legally NOT PERMITTED but it's moving none-the-less, there's even publicized events for new launches where drinkers, geeks and brewers get together.
Singapore is kinda near to KL(it's about 4-5 hours drive on the highway on a normal traffic day).
It is a known fact that Singapore is quite a small city in terms of size--but in terms of craft beer supply--selection--importers--distributors--craft beer bar and bottle shop---there's no denying that Singapore is the best city among the 3 cities...and of course HOME BREW is Legally PERMITTED in Singapore--there's home brew equipment shop that you can buy most of what you need there....
To put it in perspective, maybe this is how it went for the past 12-18 months--if we could use running as examples:-
Singapore is Pace Setter
Bangkok is gaining pace and getting stronger
KL--is basically slow pacing itself to say the least