(Taipei City, Taiwan)
Under the major corporation; Taiwan Tobacco and Liquor is the Taipei Brewery that pumps out national beverages like Taiwan lager. Within that major brewery is Baby Taipei Brewing pumping out some pretty awesome, small-batch brews. There was no food, but the beers were on point and the brewery itself had an awesome atmosphere with a chill outdoor sitting area. This type of thing really doesn’t exist in the states (to my knowledge): It would be like Coors having an awesome microbrewery within their distribution plant in Denver.
ANYWAY- we had had the mass-produced stuff in bars and restaurants throughout the week, which compared to other countries’ major brands isn’t bad, so we grabbed a few bottles and took a load off.
First up was Taipei Blonde Ale. There wasn’t a ton of flavor packed in this bottle, but I could have sat and sipped all day if we didn’t have a few more places to see. It’s always my dilemma when we’re on vacation: We have so many things to do that I’m left thinking- “Well, I wouldn’t mind living next door for a month or two.” Baby Taipei really captures my idea of a ‘porch sittin’ brew.
Our second bottle was Osmanthus Herb Beer. Oddly enough, my first sip of osmanthus was a mere few minutes before. This one outdid Zhang Men slightly, but I still wasn’t in love with it. It draws you in with a sweet apricot and buttery nose, but follows with a dirty earthiness that leaves you feeling a little disappointed.
If this was the first stout I’d had in Taiwan and compared it to the bad ones I’ve had in Korea I might be inclined to rate it a little higher, but now that I know IT CAN BE DONE I wasn’t all that impressed with their Oatmeal Stout. Chocolatey, but in a burnt nib way and malty, but in a little bit stay kind of way.
All in all, we loved our experience and the beer was pretty good, but not that upper echelon. I 100% would do again and recommend. Baby Taipei gets an 8.1 out of 10.
Look for their tag (BTBC) to see where they fall in specific style rankings.
P.S. here’s a drunken baby because Asia doesn’t get butthurt like the US :).