3/23/17

Crafted Beer & Co. 精釀啤酒屋

Address: No. 1, Yumen St, Zhongshan District, Taipei  / 台北市中山區玉門街1號

MRT: YuanShan

Hours:  Tues, Wed, Thurs 16:30 - 23:00
              Fri 16:30 - 23:30
              Sat 12:00 - 23:30
              Sun 12:00 - 21:30
         
Since opening in 2013, Taipei's Maji Square has provided topnotch food, arts and entertainment to visitors of the Yuanshan Expo Park.  Many of the stores and vendors in the square sell artisanal products, however until the opening of Crafted Beer & Co. there had been a notable lack of artisanal beer.

Crafted is a small, but well stocked bottle shop and bar. They carry a wide selection with more than 100 imported and domestically produced craft beers and ciders. Draft beer comes courtesy of 4 taps.  Beers are fairly reasonably priced, with domestic bottles starting at NT$200 and draft pints starting at NT$250; however, there are no low budget options for penny pinchers.


It's location adjacent to Maji Square's old-fashioned merry-go-round, makes for a pleasant view from the shop's window-side seating. Additionally, as it is footsteps away from the popular alternative nightclub, Triangle, Crafted is an ideal predrink spot for beer lovers.

Whether preparing for a long night of dancing or enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park, Crafted Beer and Co. check out to satisfy your craft beer needs!


http://www.crafted.tw/en/

Friendliness: 3 / 5

Ambiance: 3 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 3 / 4

Total: 13 / 20

A So-so Saloon.

2/9/17

23 Public

Address: Daan District, No. 100, Xinhai West Road Section 1  / 大安區辛亥路一段100號 Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Taipower Building

Hours:  Mon - Sun 15:30 - 23:45
         

Bringing American brewing methods to Taiwan, 23 Brewing, broke new ground in Taiwan's beer scene as one of the first local beer producers of bitter North American style craft beer. 23 brewing has long been a front-runner among the independent brewers in Taipei, and in order to showcase their excellent products, they have opened a friendly and comfortable bar.

23 Public is located on Xinhai road, directly between the Shida and Taida university neighborhoods, in a perfect spot to draw in thirsty students.   The brew-house is well designed with natural elements of wood and stone.   23 Public may seem like a fairly small bar but a rear stairwell to the reads gives way to a large basement floor, perfect for hosting events or watching international sporting events.

While the delectable beer may have you wishing that 23 Public had 23 taps of beer, they have a respectable selection poured on 12 taps, with a hand-pump tap available on "Real Ale Fridays". 23 public stocks a strong lineup of their own pale ales, IPAs, stouts and sours, complemented by Orion draft and a rotating lineup of guest taps.   A small selection of tasty food and bar snacks are also available to pair with your pints.


23 Public is a testament to the recent success of Taiwan's craft beer scene. The mere fact that several passionate home brewers were able establish a successful brewery and subsequent bar in just a few years speaks volumes about Taipei's thirst for craft beer. With great beer and friendly service, 23 Public does well to satisfy that thirst.


23 Public on Facebook

Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 4 / 5

Drink Selection: 2 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 16 / 20

A Worthy Watering Hole!

1/15/17

Mikkeller Taipei 米凱樂啤酒吧




Address: Datong District, No. 241 Nanjing West Road,  / 大同區南京西路241號Taipei, Taiwan

MRT: Zhongshan

Hours:  Mon - Thurs 16:00 - 12:00
             Fri - Sat 16:00 - 01:00
             Sun 14:00 - 11:00

The famed Danish brewers Mikkeller have opened a wonderful bar in Taipei. MikkellerTaipei is located in a heritage building in the historic Dadaocheng neighborhood and brings Danish beer and style to one of Taipei's oldest neighborhoods.

Mikkeller Taipei is a beer bar, and beer is certainly their focus.  24 taps of imported Mikkeller beer and several guest brews will definitely not any craft beer lover. Apart from beer, some wine and spirits are available, as well as a selection of bar snacks. Prices are similar to other craft beer bars in Taipei, with glasses of beer selling for around NT$200.
The interior design of Mikkeller Taipei features Scandinavian simplicity and provides a comfortable environment to enjoy the excellent beers being poured. Additionally, the walls are adorned with the familiar characters of the Mikkeller beer labels.







Mikkeller has become an icon in the brewing world, and their beers rank among the best in the world. Taipei is fortunate to be one of less than 10 cities in the world to host a Mikkeller beer bar.  For both travelers and locals, Mikkeller Taipei should be a destination bar, for it's excellent selection of beer served up in an exceptional part of Taipei.








Mikkeller Taipei website


Friendliness: 4 / 5

Ambiance: 5 / 5

Drink Selection:3 / 3

Value: 2 / 3

Overall Impression: 4 / 4

Total: 18 / 20

A Damn Good Drinkery!