Siem Reap Brewpub – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A few months ago, my best friend and fellow beer buddy, Beckie and I, traveled to Siem Reap to check out Angkor Wat.  This was mostly a thank you present for watching Bullet for three months and a little bit of a birthday present and a professional congrats to her being kick ass at her job celebration.  Like all best friend trips, I googled breweries in Siem Reap and stumbled across the only brewery in the area.  Siem Reap Brewpub is a microbrewery with own restaurant and bar in the heart of Siem Reap.  You can walk to it from the Night Market / Pub Street.  The restaurant provide relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy fresh beers. All their beers are produced in this microbrewery using the finest Malt from Germany, Hops from Australia, Craft Yeast from New Zealand and Clean Local Water.  (I thought it was interesting that they openly advertised this last fact.  Since most tourists are nervous about the local drinking water.  However, beer brewers know that most impurities are killed in the process of making beer).

Their Brewmaster, Neo Say Wee, was a hobbyist turned professional brewer.  Neo has been brewing crowd favorites and award-winning ales and lagers for both locals and foreigners alike for the last 10 years, satisfying hundreds of thirsty customers daily. Neo setup Singapore’s first Homebrew store in 2004 becoming the go-to source of all brewing ingredients and equipment to help local hobbyist develop their home brewing craft. Being a brewer and owning Singapore’s first Homebrew store didn’t stop Neo from setting up the first Homebrew Club where he conducts beer tasting and brewing sessions, beer related discussions and even regional microbrewery tours for members. Always the market leader in the local beer industry Neo continued to fine-tune his skill and became Singapore’s first and only accredited beer judge certified under the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2010.

Siem Reap Brewpub

Here is what we tried:

  • Blonde Ale – Light and delicate maltiness. Low level of bitterness. Floral hops aroma.
  • Golden Ale – Malty with a touch of toastiness. Medium level of bitterness. Piney hops aroma.
  • India Pale Ale – Rich and rounded flavor of malt. High level of bitterness. Fruity hops aroma.
  • Dark Ale – Complex malt body. Low level of bitterness. Intense dark chocolate aroma & flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Palm Sugar for the unique Cambodian taste.  While it was a little too hot to be drinking a dark beer.  I really enjoyed this beer, the story about the palm sugar and the taste.
  • Honey Weiss – A naturally cloudy Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer).Low level of bitterness. Rich honey aroma and flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Wild Honey from Mondulkiri for the unique Cambodian taste.  This beer was a close favorite of mine.  I loved the taste of the local honey, which is definitely something to taste when you come to Cambodia.
  • Saison Ale – A touch of Rye malt. Medium level of bitterness. Delicate lemongrass aroma with pepper corn aftertaste. Brewed with 100% local organic Lemongrass and Pepper Corn for the unique Cambodian taste.  This was both Beckie and my favorite beer.  The gentle spice from the pepper corn gave it an impressive saison feel without being overwhelming.

Have you been to Siem Reap?  What was your favorite beer there?

Cerevisia Craft Beer – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cerevisia CRAFT Brewhouse originated in Phnom Penh when the founding brewer made his exodus from the cradle of civilization, and into the heart of Cambodia.  I recently met with the founder, Erich, who has introduced me the the Cambodian homebrewing community!  I’m super thankful for his insights – looking forward to homebrewing here in Cambodia soon.

Cerevisia Craft Beer offerings.

In 2013, a few more like minded imbibers joined their brew-master in a common goal.  They roamed Phnom Penh in search of a craft beer, microbrewery, or libation reminiscent of home.  Due to the limited options, they took matters into their own hands and began crafting full bodied beers with iconic aromatics and a pleasing finish.  They don’t cut corners.  You will not find them in every tap room in Phnom Penh, only the finest.

Checking out Botanico for the first time – and not the last!

Beer is the cause for civilized society, technological innovation, and manages to keep them going.  Just like Kermit’s plan for the show was to share jokes and put a smile on everyone’s face, their plan for Craft beer is to share a good ale, and help you find joy in the bottom of your glass.

I’ve been to Botanico a few times, here is what I’ve tried:

  • Irish Red Ale “Priteni” – Malt forward, full bodied, gentle bitterness, and velvety finish.
  • American Amber Ale “Road Trip” – Dark copper color with amber hues.  Aromatic nose of melon, malt, and sweet caramel.  Balanced malt and hops palate on a toasted biscuit backdrop.  Slightly bitter finish that comes away cleanly.
  • IPA “Apollo C” – An ale for a true “hop head.”  This beer has a hop forward bitterness, medium body, and a citrusy nature.  I never thought I would miss IPAs but being in Cambodia has definitely made me appreciate hops more than ever.
  • Honey Pale Ale “Rattanak” – With a fragrance of Cambodian honeysuckle, this medium bodied ale balances even bitterness with hits of caramel malt and honey.  A strong, clean finish closing with a “taste of honey.”  This is definitely my favorite beer from Cerevisia.
  • Porter “Dark Star” – The silky feel of this medium bodied brew is layered with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors.  Hops balance the sweetness with a finish that begs for more.  We don’t get many “dark days, dark beers” here in Cambodia.  But if you are every a little homesick – this is definitely the beer to warm you up.

Botanico is a wine and beer garden restaurant/bar. They serve great food, wine, and the much-loved “Cerevisia CRAFT beer”, which is brew locally. They also host community events.  They serve lunch and dinner and have live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Also, their space is pet friendly, so even Bullet has been there!

Entrance to Botanico.

Evening: Their services focus on the bar offerings of wine and CRAFT beer! They also serve mixed drinks and cocktails. Their menu includes a well-rounded selection of food that pairs well with our drinks. Several vegetarian offerings are included.

Perfect evening in Phnom Penh, with craft beer in hand.

Daytime: They are open all day for coffee, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. Their lush garden space also offers private Workspace offices and their full menu right in the heart of Phnom Penh. Combining the best elements of a home office and a café, their workspaces offer the ideal solution for the professional freelancer.

Workspaces include:
– Turnkey private, air-conditioned offices.
– Shared common areas for socializing, meetings, and events.
– Service staff.
– Color printer.
– WI-FI access.
– Coffee & refreshments menu.
– 24/7 security.

Have you been to Cambodia?  What had been your favorite craft beer there?

Himawari Microbrewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What is a girl to do when her best friend comes to visit her in Cambodia?  Check out the local breweries of course!  Himawari Microbrewery is the 1st and only microbrewery launched by it’s 5-star hotel in Cambodia. Made from the finest malt and hops, the beers crafted here are unique in flavor and of the highest quality.  You can also enjoy an idyllic experience outdoors, at the Garden Terrace overlooks the Mekong Delta with stunning views and a fresh breeze.

Himawari Microbrewery’s brewmaster, Neo, has had many years of brewing experience and has designed five exclusive brews, two of which have won international awards. There’s definitely a craft beer for every palate.

Jetlag and beers – great combination.

Here is what we tried:

Apsara Gold – An Australasian-style pale ale brewed using a blend of Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops.  Light and delicate in malt flavor with a distinct hops aroma.  This beer is the winner of the International Beer Competition 2013 for the category of Australasian / International Style Pale Ale.

Gem & Jade – A golden ale that showcases the balance of malt and hops flavor.  The combination of Pacific Gem and Pacific Jade hops together with five different malts gives this beer its unique profile.  This beer is the winner of the Asia Beer Awards 2013 for the category of Pale / Amber Ale.  This is hands down my favorite beer at the Himawari Microbrewery.

OatS – A sweet stout that is low in bitterness but robust in oatmeal flavor.

CentenniALE – An American style IPA that highlights Centennial Hops.  High in bitterness with residual malt sweetness.

Have you ever been to Cambodia?  What was your favorite beer?

Public Coast Brewing – Cannon Beach, Oregon

Earlier this spring, a college buddy of mine, Lauren, came to visit from the East Coast.  Like any good Oregon tour guide.  We spent a drizzly day on the Oregon Coast, looking at Haystack Rock and wondering if it was rain or sea mist getting us damp.  (I think it’s a combination of both).  We stopped for lunch at Public Coast Brewing, a new addition to Cannon Beach and a brewery I’ve been wanting to check out for some time now.  As an extra treat, we got a tour and samples from headbrewer, Will Leroux.

He’s a: Woodworker. Forager. Farmer. Beekeeper. Bearded (of course.) Trained as a chef, Will was eager to try out his home-brewing skills on a larger canvas. Ryan (Public Coast’s owner) and Will hatched a plan to bring Ryan’s vision for his own brewery to life. Will’s talent with flavors was a huge bonus: together, they could brew beers that were seasonal, original, classic or a little bit twisted.

About Public Coast Brewing Company:

Public Coast Brewing is a 10bbl Brewhouse with one 20-barrel fermenter and two 10-barrel fermenters. They serve from two 20 barrel bright tanks and three 10-barrel brights.

As one of the only true public coastlines in America, the Oregon coast is free and open to everyone, all 363 miles of it. Public Coast brewing honors that same welcoming spirit by making craft beer that’s both delicious and approachable.

At Public Coast, everyone is welcome: families, kids, dogs, and beer lovers of all stripes. Kick back on their patio, grab a stool at the wrap-around bar, or watch the beer being made through the giant windows.

Their giant mural was designed and painted by Portland-area artist Zach Yarrington. Zach drew his inspiration from our high and low tide inspired logo, and Public Coast Brewing’s motto, “Beaches forever. Beer for everyone.”

Here is what we tried:

  • N.W. Red – 5.1% ABV ​39.8 IBU​ – An easy-drinking pint that balances toffee and caramel sweetness with a roasted dry finish.
  • Oswald IPA – 7.6% ABV​ 74 IBU​ – A “beast” of an IPA! This is what the hop heads are after. Huge floral, citrus, earthy nose and flavor.
  • Black Stack Stout – 5.8% ABV​ 40.4 IBU​ – Public Coast’s version is full of chocolate and coffee notes. Smooth and a bit drier but creamy, on nitro.
  • People’s Pale – 5.7% ABV 37.7 IBU –  Got Amarillo hops for this pale party.
  • ’67 Blonde Ale – 5.0% ABV​ 19.1 IBU​- An easy drinker “gateway beer” (considered a golden ale in some circles). Clean, crisp and light.
  • Uncle Fred Heff Weisse –  5.6% ABV​ 13.6 IBU​ – Public Coast’s German wheat is named after brew master Fred Bowman. An easy drinker, carbonated and refreshing, with banana and cloves.  This legit smelled like banana bread – minus the chocolate chips!
  • Weizenbock – ​ 8.4% ABV​ 20 IBU​ – Mmmm…is that banana bread I smell? Nope, it’s Public Coast’s spicy, warm-from-the-extra-alcohol, malty-licious Weizenbock.
  • Imperial IPA – 8.8% ABV​ 86 IBU​ – An Imperial IPA is a fitting tribute, possessing a commanding quality, dry hopped with Lemon drop, Simcoe and Jarryllo Hops.
  • Boysenberry – This was a test beer.  Wicked good!
  • Tangerine IPA – ​ 5.95% ABV​ 47 IBU​ – A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.  I really liked this – even for an IPA.
  • American Brown Ale – 5.3% ABV​ 27.6 IBU​ – A classic American Brown Ale with a touch of hop bitterness and a nutty flavor from the roasted malts. Creamy, smooth and refreshing.

Ever been to Public Coast?  What did you think?  What was your favorite beer?  Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

[Please note – While my thoughts are my own, Public Coast did supply me and Lauren with free beer for the tasting.]

Dead Lizard Brewing Company – Orlando, FL

Beckie, Karl and I at Dead Lizard Brewing Company

About a month ago, I had the chance to tag along with my bestie to Florida.  She worked a bunch, I read a bunch and daydreamed about checking out the local beer scene.  After doing some research, I realized that Florida doesn’t have a ton of craft beer and Orlando is a city of chain restaurants.  That is why I was so excited to find Dead Lizard Brewing Company!  So bestie Beckie and I met up with college bestie Karl for a few beers and dinner.  While Dead Lizard doesn’t have their own food, they are totally cool with you ordering pizza and eating it there.

Dead Lizard Brewing Company is a local micro-brewery located near downtown Orlando. Their beers are big, bold and full of flavor, yet subtle and distinct. For three generations their family has been enjoying and sharing home-brewed craft beer with family and friends, and now they are sharing it with those downtown.

Aside from being completely ignored by the staff.  Here is what we tried:

  • Urban Iguana Double IPA
  • Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale
  • Key Lime Chameleon Cream-Sic-Ale – This was my favorite of the bunch.  Definitely felt like a Florida classic with the hint of key lime.
  • Komodo “KoKo” Dragon Stout – Second favorite of the group – this beer had a strong coffee flavor that we all were digging.
  • Uncle Pudgy’s Two Fisted Porter
  • Lil’ Tiny Baby Skink Session IPA
  • Purple Skink IPA
  • Trippy Pippy’s Red Dread Ale – Red ales are always a great choice.
  • Anole Nut Brown Ale

Ever been to Dead Lizard Brewing Company?  What did you think of the beers?  What is your favorite brewery in Orlando, Florida?