Beer of Hong Kong

There is a saying that goes “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline”. While Hong Kong might not be a real country, as the home of Cathay Pacific it does have it’s own airline. But what about a local beer?

Cathay Pacific A330-300 B-HLQ

Local supermarkets stock plenty of different imported beers.

Beer selection at a Hong Kong supermarket

Even the outlying islands still get deliveries of the precious amber nectar.

The most important delivery - BEER!

But Hong Kong doesn’t have a ‘local’ beer as such.

San Miguel (生力啤酒) is the closest thing to a “cheap domestic beer” – the Philippines-based brand has an local subsidiary in San Miguel Brewery Hong Kong that runs a brewery at Yuen Long in the New Territories.

Beer tents down in the public area, mainly catering to tourists and expats

Their competition is Blue Girl Beer (藍妹啤酒). Based in the Chinese city of Qingdao in eastern Shandong Province, their product is described as a ‘German style’ beer.

Seafood restaurants lining the waterfront in Cheung Chau

Slim pickings – then again Hong Kong is just a “Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China”.


The “beer and and airline” quote is usually attributed to Frank Zappa – the Quote Investigator has the full story.

Wikipedia also has more on the subject of Beer in Hong Kong.

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2 Responses to Beer of Hong Kong

  1. Matthieu says:

    Haha. Nice that you mention Cathay Pacific on this article: they have manufactured their own beer specially for consumption at 35,000 ft.

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