The 9th Hong Kong International Beer Awards is back! Following the last eight successful years (since 2009), the awards is now firmly established as the premier awards recognising the best beers available in Hong Kong’s restaurants and bars. In 2016, over 500 entries have been collected from more than 60 distributors. The onsite Final Judging was conducted at RBHK on 6 September and the best beers as well as all the category winners were revealed.
Best Hong Kong Produced Beer:
Black Kite Oh, Bacon! (from Black Kite Brewery)
Best Beer in Hong Kong:
He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. on Rye (from AmeriCraft Imports)
Best Beer Importer:
AmeriCraft Imports

Download the 2016 winner booklet:

Categories of Awards
1. Amber Ale8. Cider Pear15. Porter/Stout
2. Amber/Dark Lager9. Fruit Beer16. Rye Beer
3. Belgian-strong10. Ginger Beer17. Saison
4. Blonde11. Indian Pale Ale (IPA)18. Smoked Beer
5. British-style Ale12. Lager19. Sour Beer
6. Brown Ale13. Pale Ale20. Specialty Beer
7. Cider Apple14. Pilsner21. Wheat Beer
Judges 2016
Mr Adam Brough
Co-Founder/ secretary of the Craft Beer Association
The Tramline Liquor Co.

Mr Ryan Chan
Creative Director
Coaster Magazine, Tipple Media Ltd.
Ms Amy Au Yeung
Co-Founder & Vice-Chairman
Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
Mr Sammy Leung
Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
Mr Bastian Breuer
Director of Restaurants, Bars & Events
Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel Group
Mr Sandeep Hathiramani
Group Beverage Manager
Maximal Concepts Ltd
Mr Benjamin Law
Beer Blogger
Instagram page Maltsnhops
Ms Sandra Kwong
Coaster Magazine
Mr Chester Grucza
F&B Manager
Buzz Concepts
Mr Tom Champion
Little Creatures Brewery
Head Brewer 
Mr Darren Hilditch
Director of Food and Beverage
The Kerry Hotel Hong Kong (Shangri-La)
Mr Tomy Fong
Business Development Manager
Centre de Vin

Mr David Leung
Hong Kong Whistle 吹啤啤
Mr Troy Foo
Draught Master, Craftmaster
Mr Eric Wu
Sale & Marketing Manager
AmeriCraft Imports
Ms Wai Wai Lui
Sub Editor
Mr Hong Mak
Operations Manager
Young Master Brewery
Mr Shaheen Budhrani
Bestbev Hong Kong
Mr Lars Ruecker
Director of Food and Beverage
InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong
Ms Monica Yau
Director of Operations
Global Food Consulting
Mr Leo Yau
Operations Hong Kong Wine Judges Association
Committee member & Director
Mr Raymond Ho
Wine & Spirits Consultant

Mr Louis Lee
Senior Executive Manager
Royal Orchid Wine (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd
Mr Patrick Gatherer
Bar Manager
The Globe
Ms Ronda Lui
Operations Manager
Young Master Brewery
Mr Philip Hafstad

Joseph Kwok
Head of Sales and Marketing

Eshan Arif
Account Manager
Bestbev Hong Kong

Mr Eddie Chui
Editorial Director
Whisky Magazine / Cru Magazine
Mr Toby Cooper
The Globe
Mr Jules Waite
Sales & Lagering
AmeriCraft Imports Limited

Mr Matthew Bradford
F&B Consultant

Mr Ricco Ho
Feature Editor
Whisky Magazine / Cru Magazine

Mr Scott Andrew
Pure Original Limited
Mr Rod Winkler
The Globe
Ms Joey Chung
Beer Blogger
Facebook page "啤咩啤 BmB Beer meh Beer"
Mr Jesse Ng
Account Manager
Bestbev Hong Kong
Mr Luke Yardley
Yardley Brothers
Mr Liam Lee
Beer Blogger
Facebook page "啤咩啤 BmB Beer meh Beer"
Mr Mark Brough
The Tramline Liquor Co.
Mr Matthew Dallow
The Globe
Application Criteria

Your beer is qualified to join the Hong Kong International Beer Awards if it fits the following criteria:
1. Entered beer has been available in the Hong Kong retail market on or before 6th September 2016
2. Participants are able to provide 4 bottles of the applied beer for blind tasting
3. Each distributor can only submit maximum 3 entries (types) of beer for each category

Aims of the Awards

The Beer Awards aims to recognize beer distributors who provide and select high-quality beer for private clubs and style bars to karaoke bars and dai pai dongs there is something to suit every taste and every occasion in Hong Kong. There is no charge to enter the awards. All the entry beers will be judged in blind tasting in several categories by a group of beer experts.

Contact Person

Mr Jacky Lam
Tel: +852 3958 0502
Fax: +852 3105 3974

  1. All entered beers will be displayed in front of over 20,000 F&B professionals during Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong
  2. A special booklet featuring all the winners will be distributed to buyers of restaurants, bars and clubs in the show
  3. Certificates presented in the Presentation Ceremony during Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong
It’s important that a beer looks right and you can tell a great deal about a beer from how it looks. The colour gives you an indication of the style and type of malt used. Condition and body are important (the head), and we also looked for carbonization (in the relevant categories) the size of the bubble and the foam – or lacing – the head leaves on the side of the glass, as these all affect the taste. As most of our sense of taste is in our nose the smell also tells us a lot about a beers identity or personality, is it bitter, sweet, sour, etc… The perfect brew should smell accordingly so could you will be dying to get it in your mouth.
Beer is a product meant to be taken orally, not nasally, and no matter how good a beer looks or smells it’s the performance in the mouth that really counts. How does it travel? Does it stall on the mid-palate? Does it race through without really giving the taste buds much to do? The balance of sweetness and bitterness must be right and it must finish well. After the arduous judging process the scores were then added up. The highest and the lowest scores were then discounted and the mean average score indicates our winners.

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Supporting Association: CRAFT BEER

Winners since 2009