The western dining and bar scene in Hangzhou has been getting better and better, but so few places have really been successful in creating a truly good ‘bar and restaurant’ experience. Our prayers have finally been answered, with Midtown Brewery. After spending an evening there, we were left without a single thing we could fault. Near perfect food and drinks, complimented by impeccable service, and design that was contemporary and subtlety artistic. Long wooden tables and benches are tightly packed near the bar, creating a cheerful vibe. Alternatively, the other side of the brewing tanks provides a space with quiet and more comfortable seating.
We began our night with the 7 Beers Tasting Paddle (98RMB, 7*200ml), which we’d recommend ordering one per person. Let it be said, that these are simply the best craft beers we’ve had in China. Two beers really stood out most for us. Firstly, the Summer Ale (58RMB/Pint), made with passion fruit hops, was a fruity, crisp and refreshing beer that really did taste like summer in a glass. On the other end of the scale was the Pengbu Porter (58RMB/Pint), a dark beer that was so smooth we ended up going through countless pints. We were lucky to be shown through the whole beer making process by talented brewmaster Josh: it features an almost industrial operation, with all the most state-of-the-art brewing technology taking up two floors.
As for food, we were left just as impressed. The menu consists of a wide range of sharing plates, main courses and grilled dishes. We started by sharing the Charcuterie Board (198RMB) and a Pork Chorizo Stew (58RMB), with tender pork chunks, potatoes, mushrooms and focaccia bread. For the main course we had the Iberico Pork Chop (148RMB), served with a slightly sweet orange pesto, well-seasoned chorizo noodles, and nicely decorated with orange slices. For those with a sweet tooth, plenty of desserts and pastries are to be had.
Also available is a good selection of cocktails (all priced at 68RMB). Worth trying is the Black Forest Bramble, made with their porter beer and chocolate bitters. They are also open for lunch, offering amazing deals of only 88RMB for two courses or 108RMB for three courses. There is no doubt Midtown Brewery has set a whole new standard for both food and drinks in Hangzhou. Expect this to become one of the most popular venues in the city. Smoking is permitted. Underground parking free for customers.