From brewing your own beer, to becoming a master of wine and spirits, we’ve found the best drinks courses in Hong Kong to check out
It’s not a secret that Hong Kongers like a drink. With streets lined with bars and more happy hours on offer then you can shake a stick at, it’s more than clear what our favourite pass-time is. But with the rise of craft brew houses in Hong Kong, and wine tastings becoming a regular weekend occurrence in the 852, we’re now wanting to do a little more than just drink. We want to know all about our tipples – from what the best food pairings are, to what makes them unique, and even how to make them, so we’ve found some of the best wine, beer and spirits workshops in the city, from brewing your own beer, to becoming a master of wine and spirits…
For an easy way into the wonderful world of wines, learn the basics with The Flying Winemaker’s one day express crash course. Available every few months and held at its tasting room in Central, the three-hour course will include a tasting of 12 wines (red, white, bubbly and rose!), with expert tuition on each. A great taster for those looking to learn the ropes, or those looking for a fun day out. For the wine buffs our there that are looking for a little more in-depth teachings, The Flying Winemaker also offer four-week long courses, and you can check out its Wine Education Blog for more info, too!
When: Check the Flying Winemaker website or Facebook page for upcoming events
Where: The Flying Winemaker Tasting Room, 6/F, Yu Yuet Lai Building, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,100
Duration: 3 hours
Approved by the WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust), the Hong Kong Sommelier & Bartender Training College’s Wine Course is a good choice for anyone who is interested in wines, or who is looking to further a career in hospitality. Providing a broad scope of basic knowledge, the course includes notes, textbooks, exam fees and eight wines for tasting. If you’re looking to build on your basic knowledge of wine, the college also offers WSET Level 2 and 3. For more options in Hong Kong for WSET approved wine and spirit courses, you can also check out its website here!
When: Find details on course commencement dates and times on the website here
Where: 11/F, Wai Hing Building, 148 Prince Edward Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $1,800
Duration: 7 hours (two ½ hour lessons)
If just tasting beer isn’t quite enough for you, take your knowledge up a level and try out brewing your very own with HK Brewcraft! Covering a brief introduction to the four basic elements of beer, along with the six basic steps of brewing, the class will journey through the brewing process, including tricks for brewing in HK, and you will then be able to take home your own brew at the end of the class to continue the process and taste at home. HK Brewcraft also sell the ingredient kits separately instore and online, so you will be able to continue home brewing once your first batch has been bottled!
When: Available on Saturdays at 3pm, or Sundays at 1:30pm (private classes for 12 or more available all week via special booking)
Where: 4/F, 15 Cochrane Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $1,280 for one person (includes one homebrewing kit)
Duration: 3 hours
If you’ve already tried your hand at beer brewing, and want to gain a more in depth knowledge of the whole process BTSB’s Recipe Design and Troubleshooting Workshop may be perfect for you. Over a six-week period, you will be able to build on your foundation knowledge and discover how to design your very own beer recipe. Complete with recipe development, brew days, packaging and everything in between this class is perfect for those fanatical about beer.
When: Next course begins Tuesday, 3 July; or check the BTSB website for further event details
Where: 8/F, Unit 801, Siu Wai Industrial Centre, 29-33 Wing Hong Street, Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
How much: $2,400
Duration: 6 weeks
You may have been to the The Woods’ in Central and tried out some of the expertly made cocktails, but if you’re looking to further your knowledge of spirits The Woods’ Annex is where to head to. The intimate spirit library and tasting room is found in the heart of SoHo, and lets premium, artisanal spirits take centre stage with its private, by appointment only, spirit tasting workshops. The classes allow guests to build their own flights of spirits, and deepen their appreciation of the drinks through guided tastings and workshops with The Woods’ team, and industry experts.
When: By appointment only – book here (appointment available daily between 5pm and 11pm)
Where: 64 Staunton Street, Central, Hong Kong
How much: $300 per person (minimum spend, 4 to 8 people required)
Duration: 1 ½ hours
Love Mezcal but not sure where to start? Head to COA and join its unique Mezcal Appreciation class, led by bar maestro, Jay Khan. The class will cover an array of topics, from a brief history of the spirit, to how it differs to tequila, how it is made and (of course!) a tasting of four different mezcals. To round off the two-hour workshop, guests will also be treated to a mezcal cocktail demo, along with “do-it-yourself” session behind the bar!
When: The next classes are on 29 May, 12 June, 26 June, 10 July and 24 July – but you can also check COA’s Facebook page for more dates to be released.
Where: 6-10 Shin Hing St. Central, Hong Kong
How much: $500 per person – email [email protected] to book your spot!
Duration: 2 hours