taiwan head brewers

A New Taiwanese Craft Beer

As an enthusiastic (but lapsed) beer drinker, I was very excited to discover Taiwan Head Brewers — a craft beer company founded just last year by three Taiwanese guys who turned their homebrewing club into a bonafide beer label.

They are known for brewing with Taiwan’s first homegrown liquid yeast, flavoring with Taiwanese ingredients like jasmine and Oriental Beauty tea, and using packaging that’s gorgeously un-hipster.

People, this is what a Taiwanese beer should look like in 2016.

taiwan head brewers

taiwan craft beer

Like Kavalan before it, Taiwan Head Brewers is following the “Gandhi” path to market: First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win…a bunch of international awards, suckers.

At the 2015 International Beer Cup in Japan, Taiwan Head Brewers won in two categories: Bronze in the Best Experimental Beer category for the “Start of Autumn Tea Ale” and Silver in the Best American-Style Pale Ale category for the “Start of Summer American Pale Ale”.

They won again at the 2016 Asia Beer Cup: Gold in the Best Flavored Beer category for the “Cold Chocolate Stout”.

Beers from established Taiwan craft beer label, Le Ble D’Or, have also previously won in Japan.

taiwan craft beer

The label’s Chinese name [啤酒頭] translates directly to “beer head” from the English name, Taiwan Head Brewers. The reason? They’re ambitious enough to say they want to be the leading beer brewer in Taiwan.

I hope they follow the path of Jing-A in Beijing, opening taprooms in the city where fans and tourists can mingle and enjoy the beer.

taiwan craft beer

taiwan craft beer

So where can you try Taiwan Head Brewers tonight? Good news: more than 200 bars, restaurants and cafes stock their beer around Taiwan, as well as 6 locations in Hong Kong. See this Google Map for full distribution.


Photo Credit: Taiwan Head Brewers Facebook page


Comments (3):

  1. Karla

    May 7, 2016 at 01:22

    Great post! I always like finding craft beers in Taipei.

  2. Don Frigidarius

    August 23, 2017 at 16:08

    Considering Taiwan has no beer culture, these so-called craft beers are way over-priced, and they are not likely to ever be on par with their less expensive Western or Japanese counterparts, don’t get too attached to them. Like many fads in Taiwan, this one too will pass before you even notice it is gone.

  3. HK

    January 29, 2018 at 15:45

    I had my first one in Jui Fen and it was fantastic. I think it just might be around for awhile. Wish it would come to America…


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