The 10th Hong Kong International Beer Awards is back in 2018! Following the last nine 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. This year, over 300 entries have been collected from more than 40 distributors. The onsite final judging was conducted at RBHK and the best beers as well as all the category winners were revealed.

Congratulations to all the winners this year:
Best Local Beer:
Lion Rock Signature
Distributed by Lion Rock Brewery
Best Beer in Hong Kong:
La Trappe Quadrupel
Distributed by: Blossom Power Trading Co. Ltd.
Best Importer:
Hop Leaf Ltd

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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. All the entry beers will be judged in blind tasting in several categories by a group of beer experts.

Benefits for participants and the Awards winners
  • All entered beers will be displayed in front of over 20,000 F&B professionals during Restaurant & Bar Hong Kong
  • A special booklet featuring all the winners will be distributed to buyers of restaurants, bars and clubs in the show
  • Certificates presented in the Presentation Ceremony at RBHK
Application Criteria

Your beer is qualified to join the Hong Kong International Beer Awards if it fits the following conditions:
1. Entered beer has been available in the Hong Kong retail market on or before 5th September 2018
2. Participants are able to provide 4 bottles of the applied beer for blind tasting
3. Submission fee for EACH entry beer is HK$50. Payment can be settled via either (A) by PayPal or (B) Credit Card

The 2018 judging panel was composed by a group of experienced BJCP Judges, F&B managements, and trade media.

Adrian Ng
Recognized BJCP Judge
Member of CBAHK
Alex Payne
Recognized BJCP Judge
Member of CBAHK
Arielle Ng Tsz Ki
Marketing & Event Co-ordinator of HK Brewcraft Ltd.
Ben Ng Ho Chuen
Home Brewer and Beer Blogger
Member of CBAHK
Braedon Links
Senior Manager of Northeast
Brian Hung
Beer Server of Zhangmen HK
Member of CBAHK
Carman Law
Member of CBAHK
Chester Grucza
Group Food & Beverage Manager of Buzz Concepts Group Ltd 
Christopher Wong
Beer Pumpster of HK Brewcraft
Certified BJCP Judge

David Leung
Founder/ Brewer of HK Whistle
Edwin Yang
Lead Brewer of Young Masters
Certified BJCP Judge
Fish Fung
Shop Manager of Ale Project
Handy Chau
Cheif Editor of Wine & Spirits
Irene Tiu
Marketing Officer of Heroes Beer Co.
Member of CBAHK
Issac Wong
Committee of HKWJA
James Ling
General Manager of Tap & Second Draft
Recognized BJCP Judge
John Nugent
Head Mixologist of Lily & Bloom
Kavin Chan
Managing Director of Lan Kwai Fong Entertainments
Kenneth Ho
Co- owner of Monster Craft
Recognized BJCP Judge
Kevin Leung Kwok Hang
Assistant Brewer of Hitachino HK Brewery
Recognized BJCP Judge
Luke Yardley
Brewer of Yardley Brothers
Matt Dallow
Manager of The Globe
Philip Hafstad
Manager of 852 Beer
Chairman of CBAHK
Ronda Liu Pui Ka
Operations Manager of Young Masters
Recognized BJCP Judge
Raymond Ho
Wine & Spirits Consultant of Cru Tasting 
Ryan Nightingale
General Manager of Aberdeen Street Social
Sammy Leung
Chairman of HKWJA
Samson Au
Brewer of Hitachino HK Brewery
Recognized BJCP Judge
Sandra Kwong
Editor-in-Chief of Coaster Magazine
Shaheen Budhrani
Director of Best Bev
Recognized BJCP Judge
Stuart Bailey
Managing Director of Diversified Communication
Tikki Yiu
Committee of HKWJA
Toby Cooper
Publician of The Globe
Founder of CBAHK
Wilson Liu
Beer Geek Generation
Nick Ho Wing Kwok
Founder of Beer Greek Generation

Appearance & Aroma (0-20 points)

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.

Tasting (0-80 points)

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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Winners from 2009 – 2016