Craft Brews has become quite a significant name among beer drinkers, alongside many other what people called it beer cafe or restaurants nowadays..
If you have no idea what Craft Brews is, I bet you have directly or indirectly heard of Green Beer among your peers who like to drink..
Craft Brews is a brew house and restaurant located in Mutiara Damansara, right behind Tesco, The Curve..It’s at Menara Batu Kawan just right beside Lexus, or maybe Proton if I’m not mistaken..
The map is HERE and you can see it from the Petronas – Burger King joint..I love to hang out there for their Green Beer, Hoegaarden, and of course the ambient..
This time Craft Brews was the host and I was greeted by Ben, a young chap looked set to introduce Craft Brews to me and my guest Jackie with in-depth details..
*Rogue and Flying Dog beers*
First off, we were introduced with bottled beers, namely Rogue and Flying Dog, both imported from the US..
Craft Brews is not your average beer cafe of sort, where serving uncommon beer is their trump card..
I bet you have never ever heard of Green Beer anywhere else in KL..Well at least I don’t..
*Jackie with (from left) Czech Pilsner, Weizen, Monster Green Lager, and English Ale*
People come here is for its one of its kind beer, and I pretty like the concept..If I ever visit Craft Brews, I’m going for its not-so-common beer..That’s how special it is..
We’ve tried the Red Dot beers (namely the 4 beers in the photo on top) previously and actually Ben was pushing their US-imported beers, after much success of Red Dot (from Singapore)..
*Flying Dog – “Old Scratch” Amber Lager*
This Flying Dog “Old Scratch” Amber Lager is just one of 6 other Flying Dog beers, which we would love to try next time..
I have never knew beer (or lager) can taste so good and smooth as this Old Scratch..If you want me to compare it with the likes of Heineken or Tiger or Carlsberg, there’s nothing to compare at all..
They are totally from a different league..Old Scratch is so smooth and not too thick that I wouldn’t mind to have it with my full meal..
It’s like a regular Hoegaarden drinker would tell you it taste nothing like the common beers..So does Old Scratch, it taste nothing like Hoegaarden as well..
The after-taste isn’t that hop-py or some people would refer it as the malt taste..I’m pretty fine with the “malt-taste”..
As for Rogue’s American Amber Ale, the hop is slightly stronger than Old Scratch but it has a strong fragrance of flowers..The after-taste is very complex in an interesting way..
For people who couldn’t stand the hop might be attracted to the flower fragrance as a sort of compensation to cover the hop taste..At that moment it made me think of pomelo’s after-taste, or maybe orange..
Both tastes great where I preferred Old Scratch to go with a full-course meal and Amber Ale for a plain football match..
Well it’s just me because it’s very subjective to one’s taste buds..Nevertheless, Jackie and I enjoyed both very much..
A little bit of fun-facts, Flying Dog Old Scratch Amber Lager is an award-winning beer in the Great American Beer Festival where it was the 2005 Gold Medal Winner..
Nothing less from Rogue’s American Amber Ale as well..It was a gold winner in its class in 2006 World Beer Championship!
Okay enough of grandma story-telling competition..Great beers must be complemented with great food as well..
First off, we were treated with a complimentary soup..No it doesn’t come with a set nor a “soup of the day” nor in the menu..It’s just plain complimentary soup and you could ask for it should you order anything from the “Mains” in the menu, if I’m not mistaken..
This one is no ordinary Bosch soup of sort though the concept is pretty look alike..It’s pretty thick with some diced carrots, tomato, pork, among other ingredients..It’s pretty good..
*Spiced Sausages in Bacon Skin*
This Spiced Sausages in Bacon Skin is totally one of my favourites in the “Savoury Grazing” page in the menu, alongside Caramelized Roast Pork which I’m going to tell later..
A bite of it will make the juicy fat of the bacon melt in your mouth..I definitely recommend this with a beer, perhaps Old Scratch or Green Beer..
Read on for more drooling pork galore that complements very well with your beer selection..
*Caramelized Roast Pork II (2)*
This whole black dish is not any dried chilli but the awesome Caramelized Roast Pork II (2)..I know it’s kinda weird with the King Louis V and IV kinda thing but the II (2) here is to indicate its spiciness, where as I (1) is non-spicy..
The sticky caramel blended very well with the tender roast pork and this is best to enjoy with your beer, be it Green Beer, Old Scratch, Amber Ale, or English Ale..
It’s said that spicy food is best to go with not-too-complex beer a.k.a clearer beer..Some beer like Czech Pilsner and Weizen are a bit “too complex” for the spicy food..
*Bacon ‘n Batter*
Bacon ‘n Batter is another tapas-kinda food where you can savor to feed on your itchy mouth when you want something to bite..The bacon is not too salty for my liking and even if it is, it’s always good to go with beer!
Even if you don’t drink beer, it’s bacon deep-fried with batter, it’s there anything else you want me to explain?
*Tex Mex Hickory BBQ Back Ribs and Honey Mustard Back Ribs*
Tex Mex Hickory BBQ Back Ribs is quite awesome with a slight tangy and smoky taste due to hickory barbecued..
The Honey Mustard Back Ribs is just slightly juicier than Tex Mex and very strong mustard aroma with slight sweet hint from the honey..
The ribs are quite tender, I think I can wallop few of it..Of course, the strong taste of ribs are good to go with beer as well..
*The shining in gold Tex Mex Hickory BBQ Back Ribs*
Have I told you their wedges is quite awesome too? It good to go with their special sauce, which I don’t think is tartar sauce..It’s not provided but you can ask for it..
*Pork Ribs is best!*
Craft Brews is a place with non-stop of good pork supplies..Next, Ben introduced us their Pork Burger, which is one of his faves..
With so many pork selection in their menu, it’s no surprise to see Pork Burger in it..
Pork Burger is quite high on demand lately and it’s mushrooming almost everywhere, especially at beer cafes or pubs..
The Pork Burger here is considered juicy, as in the right amount of moist in the patty but not too much, and the rest of it is left for munching sensation..
I’m starting to love the Pork Burger as well..
*Lemongrass Butter Dory Fillet*
Lemongrass Butter Dory Fillet is seared with capers and lemongrass infused with white wine and cream sauce..It’s served with wedges, coleslaw, and corn cob..
The cream sauce is pretty good with the fillet..Well I’m not a big fan of fish fillet but I think it’s good to order if you are one..
*Cinnamon Apple Pie serves with NZN vanilla ice-cream*
Cinnamon Apple Pie is not your average apple pie..The hot juicy filling is very nice to be eaten with the New Zealand Natural (NZN) vanilla ice-cream..
Although the filling is tad too sour for my liking, a spoon of vanilla ice-cream definitely kills off the sourness..
Not like any other dessert, this Cinnamon Apple Pie has a soft crust which doesn’t need much chewing to it..
I bet most people wouldn’t like to chew too much after a heavy meal, and this apple pie is just nice to fit that criteria..
The price is in the range of RM12 – RM20 for “Savoury Grazing” section aka “tapas” and RM25 – RM45 for the “Main course”..
Burgers, Pastas, and Salads range from RM15 – RM25..
*Me, Ben, and Jackie*
This is Ben, the man in-charge of Craft Brews brand name and marketing..
Oh, did I told you that Craft Brews have great taste in their selection of songs to be played, and it’s all selected by Ben himself..
There’s nothing better to have a pint or bottle of beer, nice chat with friends in a nice ambient and of course with some great songs from the 90′s..
And I heard they are planning something good for football lovers to welcome the World Cup 2010..