Finding a good dark beer

Some of our regulars have asked us for a stout or dark beer. Guiness or Murphy's are the obvious choice but we don't (yet) have the volume for kegs, so it's time to check what's available here locally. Here are the contenders, Kostritzer (Germany), Asahi Black (Japan), and Guiness can & bottle (Ireland, maybe).

Guiness bottle: Lacking any smell, tastes weak and insipid. Nothing like a Guiness draft. 

Guiness can: Slightly more aroma, and fizzier due to the widget, but almost not taste... worse than the bottle.

Asahi Black: No smell, pretty tasty though, although more like a pils with black color added. Not bad, but probably not going to satisfy our customer demands.

Kostritzer: Best smell and taste, but still no creaminess and not much bitterness, The best of the bunch, but still not right.

We like the Old Engine Oil from Harviestoun but there's currently none of it in China, and the distributor wants 5 cases minimum order, which is too much for a niche beer, I've also tried both the Xinjang Black beer (taste ok, hangover brutal) and the Qingdao Stout (not great.).

The search continues....

 

Tonight, Bulldog Gin Tasting

Bulldog isn't available in China so we haven't tried this before. Luckily we have a bottle so tonight was chance to try it. It's a London Dry from the UK. It has a great juniper nose with just a hint of lemon, a nice satisfying, unfucked with gin taste, and a little peppery aftertaste. Overall makes for a very satisfying G&T, best paired with just a small slice of lime. Hefty, solid bottle, with a studded dog's collar on the neck as well, will hate throwing this empty away. Bulldog G&T 65 RMB

Coasters

Details are important, these are our coasters, I bought them in Japan, they're made out of records... I bought our shot glasses at a flea market in Germany, they're so old, they were made in "West Germany". So far we still have them all :) Good customers. 


We have a WeChat Account

We set up our WeChat account. We're not "digital marketing creatives", but it seems to work.

Scan the QR code and we'll let you know when we have interesting events, get weird and wonderful new bottles, or bring out seasonal cocktails. If the QR code doesn't work, just search for "FunkyMonkeyBar" in WeChat

Don't worry, we hate spam too, we won't spam you (much ;)

In WeChat, go to the Plus + sign on the home screen and choose "Scan QR Code". Then point your phone's camera at the above QR code and everything should happen automatically. If not, or if you like to do things in an old school style, click instead on the magnifying glass symbol on the home screen and then search for "FunkyMonkeyBar" (no "s).

In WeChat, go to the Plus + sign on the home screen and choose "Scan QR Code". Then point your phone's camera at the above QR code and everything should happen automatically. If not, or if you like to do things in an old school style, click instead on the magnifying glass symbol on the home screen and then search for "FunkyMonkeyBar" (no "s).


Try An Award Winner

 

Come and try another World Whisky Awards 2015 Award Winner. 

Taketsuru17

The Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Years Old just won the World Whisky Awards Best Blended Malt, and its a stunner. It's quite hard to find, and winning the award hasn't made this easier, but we have a bottle we'd love to share with you. Treat yourself to a dram....

http://www.worldwhiskiesawards.com/nikka-whisky-taketsuru-pure-malt-17-years-old.13912.html#detail