By Craig Sauers
Jul 3, 2019
Where to try it: Taihu beer is now served at Taiwanese institutions like Din Tai Fung, The Regent Hotel and even Starbucks. It’s also available in Osaka at Watering Hole and in Shanghai at 233.
GOA Brewing Company
Where to try it: Goa Brewing Company, based in Sangolda, is only available in India at the moment. Try the beers fresh at restaurants in Goa like Gunpowder and Bomra’s.
Magpie Brewing Co.
Where to try it: Magpie has bars in Itaewon and Hongdae in Seoul, as well as two venues in Jeju. The beer should hit Hong Kong’s shores this year.
What is it? Believed to be one of the world’s oldest beverages dating back thousands of years, mead is made from a fermented blend of honey, water, fruits and other spices that takes about a year to mature.
Where can you get it? On the third floor of a small, nondescript industrial space on the outskirts of Singapore, one of the country’s most unique alcohols is fermenting. Rachelle the Rabbit meadery is the lion city’s first ever meadery. named after the daughter of owner Simon Zhao, this all-natural, no-additive meadery is making this golden elixir with honey from south Africa and Malaysia combined with Asian flavors and ingredients. A selection of the brand’s five flavors can be found at nearly 40 bars, restaurants and retailers around Singapore starting at s$40 each. Keep an eye out for their masterclasses, sometimes held at Native, one of Singapore’s best bars, as well as their new line of spirits distilled from mead.
What to order? Although the honey wine flavors may sound cloyingly sweet, they’re surprisingly not. Rachelle’s Bandung is a play off the rose-syrup beverage of the same name, but it is dry in texture. Rachelle’s uppercut, a mix of ginger and lemon, is light and refreshing. Their newest seasonal flavor, Rachelle’s Fireball, combines honey and Canadian maple syrup, while Rachelle’s double Kick tastes like Christmas in a glass: a combination of orange, cinnamon and clove. — Katie Lockhart
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