(Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Cambodia was never on our travel radar or a “must see” location, but the opportunity presented itself and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything. After a day of beautiful temples (including, but certainly not limited to Angkor Wat) a brewery warm up before hitting up the local haunts was a must. Not far from the river walk and Pub Street, tucked back from the corner of the street is Siem Reap Brewpub. We tried all 6 available beers (4 in flight form and 2 full) as well as some wings and a fried chicken sandwich as the standard pub fare because why not.
First up was the Blonde Ale. I found her a bit too light. An easy drinker, but not much muster in this one.
The Golden Ale was a nice break from the mundane. Darker than expected and a bit hoppier. This brew is a bit like a semi-sweet pale ale.
There wasn’t much separating the Honey Weiss from the Blonde at first, but this wheat finished with a strong raw honey flavor and delicate earthiness.
The last of the flight was the Saison and I must say this beer comes together nicely. It was REAL heavy on the lemongrass, but followed through with a complex and unique finish.
The IPA wasn’t great. It’ll do in a pinch, but there’s not a lot going on other than what I’m going to start referring to as the “standard pub IPA”.
The Editor liked the Saison best, but the Dark Ale was the pick of the litter for me. Super chocolaty and creamy, great mouthfeel, and what’s described as being brewed with “100% local, organic Palm Suger for a uniquely Cambodian taste”. Great backbone, complex, and truly well done.
All in all, I give the Siem Reap Brewpub an 8.6 out of 10.
‘Til next time- Luektukchet! (លើកទឹកចិត្)