Monday, June 17, 2024

WEEK 223--BARS which have dissappeared

News about the sudden closure of  Himmeriget in Copenhagen came about a day before the early June newspaper column publishing date--it was indeed a surprise & somewhat sad news to me & a few friends who have been there during MBCC week some years ago.
This is a bar which hosted a few of us back in 2016 & 2018 MBCC week, had quite some significant bottles here--including a Batch 2 3Foenteinen Zen Y Frontera, also some different years Cantillon Blabaer & more....

上期说起在哥本哈根啤酒庆典的三次啤酒天堂经历,其中一张照片是每次到必定会去不只一次的重点酒吧Himmeriget,不料就在专栏见报前一天收到啤迷朋友发来消息说这家酒吧I已无预警宣布结业,突如其来消息让人意外/惋惜,因为这是一家无论啤酒泵上选酒或只能店内开喝瓶子清单都会让啤迷感觉开心兴奋的精品店

*后记:据曾在哥本哈根当过两家专注天然发酵酸啤专卖吧店长的比利时啤迷朋友说,新老板接手後会转变为易喝型捷克风格酒吧
哥本哈根这家店的无预警关闭让人想起这些年来个人craft beer历程中具有一定意义和作用但在新冠疫情来袭前因为各家不同原因已不复存在(或永久关闭或已搬迁新地点)的几家重点酒吧。
The closure or rather the change of ownership/format of this geeky bar somehow triggered memories of some bars which were of certain level of significant meaning during my craft journey but have either vanished or no longer operating at original location/s.

Singapore--The Great Beer Experiment
This is a bar which marked the only time all 5 of us from the KLtastinggroup went "overseas" as a group--yes we did also went to some other places in Singapore during the trip but this place was the one we spend basically the whole day--located back then at a community mall in PasarBella, this bottle shop/bar was conveniently located in an area surrounded by food/snacks/cheese--perfect for in between beer break/snacks/food...
新加坡
The Great Beer Experiment 
开在较外围地区综合美食和生活采购于一体的旧式购物中心内,是新加坡早期的瓶子店酒吧,2015年我们五位本地瓶子分享会成员第一次(至今也就那么一次)全员出动到国外时这家是当时重点关注。店内以欧洲瓶子特别是北欧和比利时酿坊为主,也有为数不多的啤酒泵选择,当时来说有着好些吉隆坡找不到的好酒,酒吧就开在有着各种食物选择的区域,可以边吃边品尝好酒,五个人在这里基本呆了一整天,在当时来说是一次让人心情愉悦的品酒聚会经历。
*后记:这家店多年前已搬迁至其他地方,至今仍在营业中。

This place primarily focus on European breweries--back then there were selections not easily available in KL even though it was mainly Belgian, Dutch & Scandinavian selections.
Note:this bottle shop/bar is still operating but no longer at the original location.

Kuala Lumpur--Taps 1MK
Those who knows me well would know that except for the beginning 2-3years--I hardly come out to local bars for beer--but this particular local craft bar which no longer in existence is of quite significant meaning to the 5 of us from KLtastinggroup simply because back then this is THE meeting point for all of our sharing sessions--it was the most active period of the group where sharing sessions were rather frequently held than the total of last 4-5 years.

吉隆坡

Taps 1MK
开在满家乐(Mount Kiara)一家购物中心,当时来说是吉隆坡Taps酒吧第一家分店,除了最开始喝craft beer大概两三年左右,一直以来个人绝少出外在本地酒吧找酒喝,会提起这家是因为这里算是我们五位本地瓶子分享会成员最活跃时期的定点聚会场地,和酒吧老板协议好只在酒吧不忙碌的下午时段进行私人瓶子分享会,在这除了跟成员们聚会,也有新加坡啤迷朋友们,在哥本哈根认识的英国啤迷朋友飞来吉隆坡,在这里有过瓶子分享会。在这里我们有过不少次的首嚐经历,比如第一次分享美国高手酿坊黑啤,农场风格啤酒,蜜酒,比利时天然发酵酸啤等等好酒。分享会成员中也有人在这里办私人小型结婚庆祝活动,再回望仍觉得这是分享会最活跃时期的重点场所。
*后记:酒吧关闭後搬迁至Desa Park City新址後也已关闭,至今位于Changkat Bukit Bintang本店仍在营业。
In fact this place has seen us sharing with a few geek friends from Singapore, as well another friend from the UK who flew in with bottles for share.
Back then we had an understanding with the owner that sharing sessions only to be held on non-peak daytime hours--this is essentially the only branch out bar at that time for Taps and it's location means it's a halfway point for all 5 of us, had some of the group's first big stouts/lambic/mead/saison and so on here.
note:-this bar moved to Desa Park City few years ago but also closed down--the original Taps at Changkat is still operating though.


Tokyo--Craftheads Shibuya
Those who been around craft beer circle for quite some time now would know this place--perhaps to some this is an opinion deviding bar--some would think this is an expensive bar(especially if you are an American or been staying in the States) since the place is famous for carrying some big USA beweries back then--names such as Alesmith, Hair of The Dog & Three Floyds( with DarkLord bottles available)--while some geeks do viewed this bar as significant place to be especially if you are looking for those 3 breweries beers in particular.
We all know this bar is no longer in existence since end of 2018--for geeks who went to Tokyo during MBCT18 and happened to be at Craftheads when quite a few US brewers were at the bar--it was in a small way nice ending scene for a bar scheduled to shut down not too far after that.
東京
Craftheads Shibuya
提起这家开在涉谷神南小区的酒吧,亚洲很多较资深啤迷都会知道,某种程度来说,这是一家有可能口碑两极化的酒吧,因为重点酒单是当时几家在亚洲难寻美国出名酿坊如Alesmith, Hair of The DogThree Floyds等作品,一些人(特别是美国人或在美国待过)会说这家价格贵所以不推荐,另一边就有觉得喝多几杯便宜但水平一般啤酒不如给多点钱喝上一些高水平,自己很想喝作品的啤迷们。
个人craft beer历程来说,到访東京开始的两三年这家酒吧是绝对重点关注,就算较后期有其他新酒吧新酿坊分散了注意力但一直到2018年宣布永久关闭前人在東京时还是会去看看酒单选择性喝一下。
适逢2018東京啤酒庆典,在年底永久关闭前酒吧迎来了海外酿酒师和啤迷们相聚一堂的纪念性画面,是当时在场大家的美好记忆。
*后记:酒吧关闭後在三轩茶屋以混合型居酒屋形式重新营业但已在今年宣布结业。


Tuesday, May 28, 2024

WEEK222--MBCC 2024--which i did not go....

 

MBCC 2024 was held mid of May this year--of course I was not there to participate--in fact it's been quite a long while since i last set foot in Copenhagen --since 2018 to be precise.

刚过去不久的五月第二个周末丹麦迎来了全球不同地区啤谜集聚在哥本哈根共同度过为期一周有多的MBCC 2024啤酒庆典。
身在吉隆坡的我这次当然没参与其盛,实际上自2020年原计划和之前一起去过两次的本地瓶子分享会成员再加一位还没去过年轻成员组成吉隆坡四人团的哥本哈根啤酒庆典之旅被新冠肺炎疫情按下停键後,虽然啤酒庆典自2022年开始已复办三次,但感觉好像时机已过,我们几位对再次启动2020计划没有了那时候的动力。

In 2020, there was a plan with 3 of the KL tasting group guys to go MBCC again--but as we all know the plan was put into an abrupt halt as Covid paused the world into various stages of lockdown. And somehow since then the urge to revisit MBCC has sort of died down among the few of us.

这样是不是说MBCC参与酿坊阵容水平有所下跌所以不再有吸引力?其实除了2022(更正-应该是20/21年)那次酒单和酿坊阵容有明显期待水准以下之外,以今年阵容来说参与酿坊无论是成名已久还是后起之秀可说都是顶尖或高水平级别,所以并没有参与酿坊阵容薄弱问题。实际上,动力不再的因素有几个,个人时间财力心态等排除不说的话,疫情导致的全世界当时封锁停摆然后突然某个时间点开始网上有机会能买到一些之前可说几乎不可能网购到的欧美顶尖酿坊作品一定程度上舒缓了身在亚洲啤迷难以买到欧美顶尖酿坊作品的渴望,换句话说就是因为有时候很想喝到的好酒可以欧美直送到本地安坐分享,再考虑到飞去欧洲的旅费开支时差,还有就是在哥本哈根那一周的密集式(有时感觉像愉快开工那样需要赶场)的啤酒庆典氛围喝法等客观因素,加上本身自2015第一次去已参与过三次,有幸参与见证了比如美国顶尖酿坊Hill Farmstead主创人Shaun Hill2016年不仅出现在节庆日两天四场活动亲自为啤迷倒酒,还带了很多好酒包括绝对限量瓶子的ANN/ARTWarpigs酒吧办了场至今仍被啤迷津津乐道的占领酒吧活动,还有就是同一年第一次参与庆典活动後人气更涨的比利时天然发酵酸啤小作坊BOKKE(当时还用着旧名称Bokkereyder),也是除了参与庆典日的两天四场也在另一家米吧旗下专攻酸啤/农场风格啤酒类型的酒吧做了一次很小型占领啤酒泵推介活动。去了三次当然还有其他让人很有印象的节庆日或之前周边活动喝到的其他酿坊作品,新旧啤迷朋友,整个活动周期散发的啤酒天堂氛围等等都是让人享受和怀念的。或许也因为有幸参与了一些顶级酿坊活动所以2020年那次去不成後慢慢的好像就能放轻松觉得再不去也可以了。

As to why the urge is no longer there--was it due to any drastic drop in breweries standards or line up ? The answer is no--except maybe for MBCC 20/21 which was delayed and held in October 2021 which somehow saw an overall drop in standards/line up--the subsequent MBCC have seen high standards line up attending, so line up is not the reason why personally speaking I have kind of rule MBCC out of the picture for beer travelling--mainly due to these factors:-

1) During Covid time--somehow some breweries which usually unavailable online for non-members (or those not staying in say USA) have "miracurously" appeared online and let geeks living in Asia a chance to try and buy something--also when master brewery like Cantillon also made occasional online sale(though it's still very hard to get a chance to buy a pack)--things has somehow changed for the better for geeks like us who live in KL where top notch selections are basically not available in the market. With the help of geek friends who managed to secure some long wanted bottles/cans--the need to fly out for beer has somehow reduced. It's true that when one can enjoy some really nice brew directly flown in from overseas with fellow geek friends locally--hence all the factors/costs involve when flying out for MBCC will become something to ponder.


2) Personally speaking--to be at Copenhagen for a week--with it's all actions--almost non-stop activities lining up during the 7-8-9days right up to the 2 days 4 sessions fest on Friday & Saturday itself--it's really hectic and at times felt almost like "working"( of course a very pleasurable one)--try ask those who already lining up for First Day First Session before 9am and you will see what i meant by that. Personally I guess I might not be enjoying as much those hectic schedule as i did back in 2015-2016 or 2018 when there.

3) Yes i did went to Copenhagen 3 times purely because of beer--2015 was my first trip--back then it was still being called CBC(Copenhagen Beer Celebration)--later on renamed as MBCC to better reflect who's running the show. Having been there 3 times--I was happy to have been there when Hill Farmstead took over entire Warpigs bar + outside additional taps for a never before( and perhaps never will be?) epic event--also was there when Bokke was still using the name Bokkereyder and did a really mini tap takeover at Koelschip & also joined the fest for the first time--both events happened in year 2016.

虽然不久前有提起过说因为啤酒庆典主办方Mikkeller丹麦本部出售20%股权给也是丹麦的C品牌商业啤酒大公司以借助对方销售渠道力量提高Mikkeller啤酒销售量的消息让包括个人在内的一些啤迷觉得这是很有讽刺意味的商业决定,也感觉可能会对这次MBCC带来不好影响比如一些原已计划参与的酿坊退出,不过从最终参与酿坊名单来看上述猜想并没有发生,好些盛名欧美酿坊都参与,商业决定没有让不少啤迷不想看到的局面发生,会这样说是因为那些年来无论是参与酿坊阵容,一周中不同酿坊占领啤酒泵或瓶子首卖活动,再到周末为期两天共四个场次的庆典日,从酒单到氛围哥本哈根啤酒庆典的的确确是craft beer界非常重要的顶尖啤酒节庆。

I did posted my opinions on social media when Mikkeller annouced their decision to joined hands with CARLSBERG that this business decision would see some participating breweries pulling out of MBCC2024--that did not happened and honestly im quite pleased it stayed intact because business decisoin aside MBCC ( or CBC when i first participated) is a fest that played a vital role in my craft beer journey--it really played a part in opening up my eyes/ears/palate appreciation level--though the bars activities during that particular 7-8-9 days too played an important role but to put it shortly--if it wasnt the fest--i would not have travelled so far out to CPH.
从个人对哥本哈根啤酒庆典的经历和感受角度来说,抛开上述商业决定不说的话,这个汇集了主要来自欧美盛名在外顶尖酿坊和后起之秀的啤酒节庆是很难得的一个活动,能在一周内聚集了那么多高质量啤酒/蜜酒于一个城市空间确实是平时难得一见的.
至于以后个人是不是会在啤酒庆典期间再回到哥本哈根其实并不重要,重点是只要参与酿坊阵容继续保持高水平,那还是非常鼓励没去过的新朋友们去一次,特别是如果住在亚洲某个城镇然后没太多机会喝到高水平欧美顶尖酿坊作品的话,哥本哈根啤酒庆典是能让人打开眼界和提升味蕾水平的一次高水平体验。
Personally--it is not important at all if I would have the chance to visit Copenhagen again during future MBCC week--but I would say that it's a fest very much worth all the hassles/costs to travel for if you are a geek and yet to visit during MBCC week--it's a fest that could raise level of appreciation especially for newer friends who are seeking to elevate his/her appreciation level.

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

WEEK 221---Tokyo 2023--Zhusi & Kamakura

 
This is the final part of last year end trip to Tokyo--and it's about two places approximately an hour's train ride from Tokyo--though next to each other--Zhusi is basically a very local place while Kamakura is more of a famous tourists attraction--The trip here is basically for two craft beer places--one a small vegan restaurant i been coming to almost each trip when im in town while another is a newly opened taproom.
镰倉和逗子市距离東京大约一小时电车路程,两地之间也只是一个站的距离,其中镰倉是很多游客会去的点,这里的神社,大佛,江之岛电车路线,漫画迷会来拍照的海边铁道,夏天海滩冲浪等等都是吸引各地游客前来的景点,相较之下逗子市就是在地人的地方,一般来说外国旅客会想去的是镰倉不是这里。
Beach Muffin
Those who have came across my previous year's post about this place would know what this place is about--it's the "only taproom" for Kamakura based Japanese small brewery Yorrocco though this is essentially a vegan food place/restaurant but also the only exclusive taprrom for Yorocco in whole of Japan for many years.
It's been 4 years since i last visited this place but nothing much has changed really, the place look the same both outside and inside, only changes noticeable to me is that this is no longer exclusively Yorocco taproom as the brewery has opened up a taproom of their own at Kamakura since last year, another change here at Beach Muffin is that the place has got fridge now with cans/bottles selections from both Japanaese as well imported ones to either drink in or take out, something only happened not too long ago as the place has gottten the permit to do cans/bottles sale.
这是位于逗子市的一家卖食物蛋糕各类食材杂货的小小素食餐厅,为什么会来是因为从多年前开始这里就是镰倉在地酿坊Yorocco在全日本唯一的品饮室,自几年前来过一次之后,基本每次有到東京都会抽时间来这里坐坐见一下店主聊聊天然后再以非常适合这里舒适慵懒的居家方式慢慢的喝啤酒泵上的6个不同选酒。
四年没去,再重回旧地一切还是熟悉的感觉,跟店主夫妇见面问候聊聊天是愉快的,店里那种像是回到熟悉朋友家里的感觉还是如故,就像有一种莫名引力那样让人坐下来後就不想动,套句话说就是简直想要直接躺平。
If anything--although no longer exclusive taproom of Yorocco but the good thing is that if you want more choices other than just 1 single brewery then you can now.
I have been coming to Beach Muffin since some years ago almost everytime when im in town and without fail everytime when i come here, it's always staying here longer than i initially thought i would, this place is just so comfortable and relaxing that i don't mind just lazy around and stay longer, like i said before, this place don't feel like a bar, it's more like coming to an old friend's house and just chill and sip some beer....
啤酒选择方面,啤酒泵依然不变的还是6个,不过选酒有了一些变化,由于Yorocco不久前终于在镰倉开了自家品饮室,所以这里也不再只有Yorocco一家的酒而是多了些其他日本酿坊作品选择,另外就是餐厅取得了啤酒外带售卖准证所以多了一些冰柜瓶子罐子选择,更多不同酿坊作品选择对啤迷来说是个不错的转变,当然最重要的是餐厅/酒吧的氛围完全没有改变,几年没来这里还是那么的让人感觉自在舒适,一坐下来就很放松。
一如之前几次来访那样,原本是打算坐一会和店主聊聊天喝喝吃点东西後就离开前往下一站的镰倉但还是比预想时间多停留了一个半小时才动身,实际上这里并不是有着什么评酒APP或网站超高评分啤酒的地方,基本都是日本酿坊作品特别是Yorocco不同类型啤酒但就是莫名的有一种亲切感让人想坐久一些。

Yorocco Taproom Sasameza
Until this place came along--Yorocco have no own taproom( if those early days of opening on certain days at their small brewey not counted)--it has always been at Beach Muffin if you wanted to sip their beers and only theirs--over the years it's been easier to get Yorocco beers here and there at bars in and around Tokyo--but no exclusive taproom so to speaks.
This is a small bar opened at 1 of the streets of Kamakura--it's visible from the main road--housed in a uniquely designed wooden building which also have other shops not related to beer---this looks like a newly build building on either previously vacant land or rebuild from demolished old building as the street is full of older generation building compare to this rather modern one.
Walked from Kamakura station to the bar, took a bit of searching but it was not hard to find, was there slightly earlier than opening time so just waited at the wooden bench outisde. Once inside, it's a small bar with 8 taps, bar area has a small kitchen for light food(was pleasantly surprised by the handmade on the spot hammering of Schnitzel, freshly made hot and nice, in fact reordered another one), beer selection as 1 would expect it's basically Yorocco beers of various styles. Yes, these are not some highly hyped or big Untappd score beers, just some nice easy sipping locally brewed beer, but it's reason enough for me to want to travel from Tokyo, Zhusi and then here just to check out this new taproom by Yorocco, personally speaking i would say it's worth the trip. 

这是Yorocco酿坊几个月前开在镰倉一个新区的专属品饮室,说是新区其实也不对因为只是两栋木质建筑而且整条街都是旧的,品饮室所在位置比较像是旧房拆掉或空地新建设计感十足但用色低调木建筑,在整条大街两边都是传统旧式店屋中明显的与众不同。

从逗子市过来出了镰倉电车站就随意走走,去到品饮室时店员还在准备中,还好外头有木凳子可以坐着歇歇脚等开门营业。店面不大,进门就基本一眼看完,右手边是吧台啤酒泵和准备酒吧輕食的小厨房,座位不多但不是空间狭小拥挤那种,吧台上有8个啤酒泵都是自家不同类型啤酒选择,比较熟悉Yorocco作品风格的会知道酿坊以易喝型啤酒居多,从农场风格啤酒(Saison) 到浅啤/拉格(Pilsner/Lager)再到淡啤/印度淡啤(Pale Ale/IPA)都是比较常见的类型风格,或许听起来酒单不是那么火花四射但喝酒也不只是一定要追着大酒/高评分而去,轻轻松松喝些有一定水准新鲜在地酿坊作品也是很不错的。
Side Note
To travel about 2 hours to & fro via Tokyo just for 1 single brewery, what's more it's a brewery where their beers can be found in some bars in Tokyo itself does sound a little "wasteful" especially if you are travelling from abroad and don't have long holidays to spend time with, i do agree on that but personally it's totally worth the time and travelling first and foremost because of Beach Muffin, sitting there sipping beer and chatting with the owner Larry is a pleasure, not to mention how much i like the coziness of this place. 
As for the taproom at sasazame, it's worth a trip too if you are already planning to visit Kamakura for it's tourists attractions.
Personally i do agree that what's on tap or what's available in fridge in a bar can be the only deciding factor why one should visit a certain bar, but at times, people at the bar or the vibe/mood at a bar can also be a very important deciding factor on it's own.
侧记
或许有人会觉得其实東京有些酒吧也能找到Yorocco作品喝,没必要大老远跑到逗子市或镰倉去就只是为了喝单单一家在地酿坊啤酒,这观点很在理,其实要不要跑来逗子市或镰倉都只是个人感觉,从東京花两个小时来回只为了一家酿坊听起来并不符合海外啤迷的时间效益,不过有时候酒单也不是决定去哪一家酒吧喝的唯一考量,人和氛围也可以是想去某家酒吧的主要诱因。


Monday, March 25, 2024

WEEK 220---Most Memorable Beer & Mead 2023(2of2)--by CT(KL)

 
Final part of last year's most memorable list, as some of the ones listed here are from sharing sessions either here in KL or HK/Tokyo, i have long had this feeling that sometimes if you are fated to meet a certain bottle/can then somehow you will--that feeling was further enhanced with the bottles i have met last year.
Here's the list:-again numbering is just for counting purposes--nothing more.
去年是瓶子分享会次数不多但选酒质素有惊喜收获的一年,无论是在本地分享会还是年中/年底去了香港及日本和新旧啤迷朋友聚会中都有意料之外盛名难寻好酒出现,虽然说喝不喝得到某款特定大酒要看缘份的说法有点虚无缥缈,个人来说还是有点相信是那样因为有些酒是强求不来的。

1)Blue Suede Shews--Pips Meadery
Have heard of this highly regarded ONE since some years ago--it was talked about since this is 1 of very few ultimate mead bottles 1 or 2 of the KL tasting group guys view very highly--and finally last year in Tokyo--totally out of the blue--had this in a surprise share from a tiny bottle size of 175ml--while some might say it's just too small to share--personally something like a 20-30ml pour would be really good enough & be very very satisfied with what's coming through the nose and then palate--I have no idea how cashewnut blended in honey & blueberries can be so fxxking awesome--there is not a moment of doubt whatsoever why many regarded this as the Ultimate ONE from Pips--it's just so senses catching--the smell of cashewnut was crazy yet it was not overpowering the balance of this mead--basically can't describe in details how this went since pouring and then frist and more sips after--it's just something you will automatically go very slow, want to savour it and thankful for  the share.
使用蓝莓,腰果,以橙蜜为基底酿造的这款蜜酒是这家美国酿坊最被追捧的盛名作品,能在東京喝到这款限量作品实在是意外惊喜,去朋友家聚会前完全不知道原来他手中藏了那么一支大作,虽然是只有175ml的小巧瓶装版本,但这样级别的蜜酒其实只要有20-30ml就已足以让人慢啜细品回味无穷。
从开瓶到入杯,扑鼻而来的是腰果融和蓝莓橙蜜带来的出色醉人香气,入口是带有坚果气息的蓝莓蜂蜜风味,带甜是自然的但绝不单调也完全没有丝毫过甜或腻口问题,绝对是非常和谐美好的顶级蜜酒味蕾享受。

2)Gorsen/framboos 2022-Antidoot
Due to some rather annoying custom issues here and the fact that I need some bottles while in Tokyo last Nov--had my box of Antidoot sent from Brussels to my beer buddy's place prior to trip--cracked a few bottles of Antidoot of diffrent styles during my stay at different sharing sessions--from beer-barrel aged cider to beer-wine hybrid--of all that were shared in Tokyo--this one stood out for me personally--soaked in sour cherries & raspberries--this one was tasting relatively fresh with nice fruity aroma--sour with hints of light sweet on the palate--was very smooth sipping & enjoyable..
在東京开喝了好几支自己出发前几个月就从比利时寄去啤迷朋友家的一箱会员瓶子,其中以这款加入酸樱桃和覆盆子的作品最出色,非常明显果香气息中带出略微的酸甜口感,是第一口就会喜欢的富有层次易喝型作品。有别于比利时天然发酵酸啤(Lambic),这家虽然也是使用天然发酵方式酿造,不过因为所在地区分别,基酒更多时候是易喝型的农场风格啤酒(Saison)或比利时金黄淡啤(Golden Ale)担当,口感气息上没有Lambic的更显著的酸味和独特霉香,是更温和易喝的基酒,加入酸樱桃和覆盆子会带来果酸香但Antidoot作品从来就不是Lambic,新接触朋友要注意别先入为主觉得因为发酵方式是天然的所以就一定是Lambic

3)Amakusa Fruited Sour Beer 
Banana Can-Filament-俺!おれオレ!
It was not until late last year in Tokyo at a few different bars that i have met with these fruited beers from a new brewery based in Kumamoto--3 different types of fruits used seperately in 3 fruited sours--Banana/Mango/Oranges--all 3 were tasting more like a thick fruited milkshake than a beer in a palate pleasing way--nothing cloying or thick til you sick type--had lighter ones from this same brewery-pale ale-ipas-hazies--all were fairly ok but not impressive--personally i like their fruied sours the most--will not hesitate to taste again should i see them or other fruited variants next time around.
去年底去東京发现的其中一家出色日本本土酿坊,三款不同水果风味的奶昔类型酸啤(香蕉芒果柑橘,其实都不酸,更像水果奶昔啤酒)都各有精彩,相比喝过的这家其他几款不同风格啤酒比如IPAPale Ale等,明显的水果奶昔(或者说果泥啤酒)玩的最让人留下印象,是那种虽然喝着啤酒但感觉更像是水果奶昔的感觉,而且三款不同水果的作品都各有千秋,同样的有趣好喝,是个人去年東京行新发现的出色日本酿坊之一。

4)BBT(Beer Barrel Time) 2023--Side Project
Thanks to the guys here--had the pleasure of tasting 2021 & 2022 version previously--though it's from the same brewery with the same name--each year's version will have some differences due to choices of barrels & treatment from the brewery--not here to do any sort of comparison among the 3 different year bottle--only wantt to say if you know how to appreciate a big stout--BBT of any year is one you don't want to miss out.
美国密苏里高手酿坊的年度重点作品(之一),之前也有幸在本地啤迷分享会喝过21年和22年版本,这次是23年版,虽然是同一款黑啤,但因为每个不同年度批次都有不同混酒比例和其他酒类酒桶选用差异,加上陈放时间的不同,每个不同年份的这款黑啤作品还是会有风味呈现微差或明显较大区别,虽是那样,可确定的是喜欢风味浓郁多变以及酒体浑圆黑啤的话,无论喝到哪个年份BBT都会是高水准作品。

5)Zen Y Frontera(batch 2 & 1)--3 Fonteinen
It was not something i would imagine having these 2 side by side at the same time--but it did happened during a share in HK last year thanks to a newly met beer geek friend who generously shared these two bottles--Had 1 of the 2 some years ago in a Copenhagen bar--it was so tasty we( shared with some geek friends who attended MBCC)were basically quite lost for words--to have the chance to revisit this old batch of Zen Y and not 1 but 2 was quite a Lambic holy moment to savour.
Both obviously were top notch Lambic--the balance of oak/wood/sourness/as well sherry casks brought about complexity--if i need to pick 1 over the other than it's batch 2 for it being more out-showing/slightly more direct than batch 1 which was very subtle but on another level for balance and smoothness.
多年前在哥本哈根抢到当时专卖吧最後一支可内用batch2作品,犹记得从第一口开始一起分享的啤迷朋友们就已经惊艳到不行,个人也认为是至今喝过比利时天然发酵酸啤中毋庸置疑最佳三款之一,由于这是市面上非常难找绝版作品,能在香港见啤迷朋友时分享会上同时喝到batch2加上batch1,虽说个人相信能不能喝到某款顶级作品有时还真要看缘份,但一次过可以喝到两款神级作品除了感恩还能说什么。

6)Papilio Raspberry sour--Vertere
Had this in a bar in Tokyo--a saison-ish fruited light beer from this rather hyped/highly regarded Japanese new brewery--also had some of their other styles of beer but this one was most memorable though this one was at times quite easy sipping and not with any strong fruity influence to impact on one's palate memory--it was quite memorable for it's subtleness.
另一款让人留下印象的日本酿坊作品,从某个层面上来说只是一款带有浅显覆盆子风味的易喝型啤酒,有趣的是,虽然不是那种网站高风评或让人一喝即刻惊艳的酒但就是回想时会记得当时口感风味表现的作品,或许有时候简单平实中见功力才是会让人留下印象的酒。


7)More Jasper than All Jasper--Other Half x Fidens
A collab brew from 2 of the finest hops brewery--putting each brewery's name sake series IPA (More Than x Jasper) together and work out a new variant--Had this one in KL during a share--it was flown in so still nicely fresh on the palate--a Triple ipa but was well made and balance--always a pleasure to have the chance for some well made fresh ipa here.
美国两大类果汁IPA高手酿坊的合酿,而且是前辈与后起之秀之间的合作,主轴是将前者的More Than系列和FidensJasper系列酿造基底麦芽混合起来,并使用后者的酒花投放手法让合酿变成充满Citra啤酒花风味的类果汁作品,这是款三倍印度淡啤(Triple IPA),意思是酒精度更高(10度),虽然是在本地喝到但因为是美国直送所以酒花鲜香和IPA该有的甘甜苦涩都能嚐到,是好喝的一款。

Some worthy ones not listed in newspaper column 没列入报纸专栏的一些好酒:-

1)Cedar Kogan--ShigaKogen x Oxbow x Jester King
A rather interesting one shared by a geek friend in Tokyo--in fact while at the share this one prior to opening some at the share were a little hesitant about whether we should crack this one or another sour beer--well it was surprisingly nice--including to those who initially hesitated if we should crack--this is quite a nice barrel aged saison with some funkiness--certainly not 1 dimensional.uanwa
在东京分享会时,一起喝的朋友们对是不是要开这瓶保持观望态度--结果还是开了--大家反应是意外的有点惊喜--日本在地酿坊和两家美国酿坊的桶陈农场风格啤酒合酿--有层次好喝的。

2)Ariere Pays--Brasserie Auval
Had this rather hard to find bottle( not only in Asia but even in Canada itself it seems) in HK during a share--a barrel aged rustic ale--not a big or hyped beer--just an easy to drink bone dry low abv beer--it's my first ever beer from this long wanted to try brewery so worth a note.
亚洲难得一见(据说在加拿大本土也不是那么容易找得到)的酿坊易喝“干身”作品--在香港分享会上喝到的--不是什么高评分的大酒--之前就对这家酿坊相当好奇--终于喝到一款值得记录下。

3)Heritage Blend--Neon Cider
A friend brought this to share here in KL--didnt know it was actually made in HK-while the general perception on cider is that it's rather straight forward and easy to drink fermented apple juice and that's it--That's not true as a well crafted one can be anything but--this one was quite tasty and memorable.
之前在香港小住过一段时间的本地酒友带来分享的瓶子--这款作品绝对可以打破一般人对苹果酒只是发酵酸甜果汁的偏见--均衡易喝有层次。

4)Existence is Passion--Second City meadery
Had this one in KL thanks to a beer buddy who kindly share this during a steak lunch meet up--A black currant mead added with vanilla & passion fruit--this one was amazingly nice--the blend of those 3 adjuntcs with honey made this one quite a memorable one after the most impressive Sichuan Peppercorn varaint.
本地酒友分享的美国蜜酒酿坊又一出色作品--这次是黑加仑子+香草+百香果--非常不同于之前一期让人惊艳的四川麻辣作品--这款均衡香甜,是让人舍不得大口喝的佳酿。