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HK Craft Beer Fest "Beertopia" Triples Venue Size this Year

HK Craft Beer Fest

The Beertopia venue, Waterfront Promenade in West Kowloon

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Beertopia, the international craft beer festival, will be held for the third straight year for three days on March 13-15 along the West Kowloon Waterfront Promenade.

Jonathan So, originally from Toronto, Canada, is the event's organizer and the man who got it started in Hong Kong. Mr. So, who lived for many years in New York, said he decided to put on the event because he thought Hong Kong's bars lack a diversity of beer.

Beertopia will again be a three-day extravaganza, but in a venue three times bigger than last year's. The number of brews also keeps rising, from 90 in the first year to over 200 the next and now 400 brews from 15 countries in a major step-up this year. While craft beers from Belgium, Germany and Italy will dominate, there will also be coffee and fruit-flavored ales to enjoy this time around.

Many brands from Japan will also be participating. Five Japanese companies plan to bring 35 kinds of beers. Among the exhibitors will be Yona Yona, Aooni and Sorry from Karuizawa, Nagano, along with beers from the Hitachino Nest series, as well as Baird Angry Boy Bronwn Ale, Kagua Blanc and Coedo from Shizuoka. Suntory will also have a booth.

Two stages will be set up on the Promenade where rock bands and DJs are scheduled to perform every hour. Activities will include raffles and beer tours.

Beertopia will be open every day from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. On the 14th there will be an additional afternoon session from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., while the venue will be open to attendees in the beer industry from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 13th. Tickets are mainly sold online. The VIP 3-Day Pass gets you into all four sessions for HK$930 and comes with 30 tokens. Other ticket packages are also available. One token is good for a beer sample measuring four ounces (about 120 milliliters). Tokens can also be exchanged for food.

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