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Honey and Malt 蜜和麦精酿啤酒罐
have 30 taps with different beers, in Chengdu’s Tongzilin area.
Honey & Malt, a craft beer bar opened end of December 2016, has one of Chengdu’s most impressive domestic craft beer selections. With 22 beers currently on tap, they have the potential to pour up to 30 different types of beer, and their ultra-modern system keeps different pressures and temperatures for each keg. The range of offerings is quite impressive and different from other craft beer selections at pubs across the city. They focus primarily on brews from NBeer in Beijing, Trip Smith in Guiyang, No. 18 in Wuhan, Bmax Brewing from Shanghai, Master Gao in Nanjing, as well as Harvest Brewery located right here in Chengdu.
Walking in from the cool night air, the place felt immediately warm and inviting with a clean open concept and simple design. The sides were lined with wooden tables, and there was ample space to pony up to the bar, the walls lined with classic vinyl and record covers. American musician Papa Doc, picked away on an acoustic guitar and growled out some classic covers.
Somewhat overwhelmed with amount of choice we opted for a few flights where we could taste 6 beers at a time in convenient sample size. This was my first encounter with the Trip Smith brewery, with which I was quite impressed, particularly by their heavy-hitting but well balanced double IPA. Harvest Brewery standards from around Chengdu we also available, but with a few extras added in such as a brown wheat, and the very smokey, Smoked Plum Stout. Aside from the smoked stout the creative side of the menu included a Beijing Gose Salty Sour, Rice IPA and Zhongnanhai Smoke from NBeer. While their Zhongnanhai was a little beyond our palates, NBeer’s Raspberry wheat was deliciously refreshing and Master Gao’s Jasmine Tea Lager showed a nice creativity. There are plenty of safe choices on the menu as well, but the selection available at Honey & Malt allows you to experience a variety of beers that aren’t available in most other places in town. The craft beer scene in China has exploded in the last few years, and bars such as this give us an opportunity to keep up with what these domestic brewers have been up to and explore their creativity as they forge new brewing traditions.
Aside from beer Honey & Malt offers some simple fried bar snacks and features lives performances every night. Keep an eye out for special events they host with brewers.
Address 地址: No. 20-8 Tongzilin East Road 桐梓林东路20号附8号
Phone Number 电话号: 18518475006
Opening Time 营业时间: 5pm-late