Local Craft Beer

Always fresh, Always Local, Made in Taiwan

In about 2008 Eddy was introduced to one of the first, if not the first, American craft beer importers in Taiwan. Once Eddy had the privilege of trying some of this delicious American micro-brewed beer, Eddy was obsessed with the idea of pairing premium craft beer with his Mexican fare as it paired so well.

In 2014 Eddy’s Cantina has decided to take it one step further. Part of Eddy’s passion is finding the freshest and most delicious locally brewed craft beer available on the island to provide to our valued customers. Any beer on tap that you try at Eddy’s is guaranteed to be a quality craft brew with no preservatives.

In fact, Eddy’s Cantina had a custom built Keg Refrigerator, (Kegerator), just to pour locally brewed beer. Each of our kegs is delivered right to our shop door directly from the respective factories via refrigerated truck, keeping that liquid gold as fresh as possible for our ever so important customers to come and enjoy.

Paired with our homemade from scratch Mexican food, the craft beer scene in Taipei just got a whole lot better. It’s really the next best thing to a brew-pub in Taipei!

We are always on the lookout for new local breweries so that we can be the bridge from local craft to you, our valued customer.

Redpoint Brewing Company – The first foreign-owned brewing company to provide locally brewed Pale Ale in Taiwan.

Redpoint’s flagship Tai Pale Ale(.P.A) is a fusion of both an American and an Asian style beer. Both American cascade hops and Japanese Sorachi ace are used in the brewing of this beer as a tribute to two of the best craft brewing countries in the world.

Eddy’s recommendation:  Tai Pale Ale .P.A.

23 Brewing Company – was founded by three guys that were itching to provide Taiwan with its first straight up Classic American Pale Ale, so they did.

23’s flagship beer, the #1 Pale Ale is exactly what you would expect from a fresh, locally brewed American Pale Ale. They really hit the nail on the head with the Number 1 Pale Ale according to many of our customers and because of that, this ultra-popular APA is always on tap at Eddy’s 1. We once ran out of it and had so many complaints from our regular customers that we decided to give it a permanent spot on tap at Eddy’s 1.

23’s second beer to be released, #2 the Natural Blonde, is an easy-drinking ale that stays true to the smooth, malty balance of a traditional blonde while generous hopping imparts the shine of assorted tropical fruits. One of our customers stated that he put this up against all of the big Belgian blonde imports and this was by far the best choice.

#3 IPA with the success of the Pale Ale, 23 brewery decided to step up things by brewing a heavier, stronger, hoppier IPA.  This is always on tap at Eddy’s 2 

Eddy’s recommendation:  #3 IPA

Bloch Brewing Company – The owner and brew master of Bloch Brewing Company, Mr. Roland Bloch, has been travelling, learning and brewing craft beer all over the world for over 25 years.

BBC’s Four Seasons Ale is a mid-strength Amber Ale however don’t be fooled as its full body and delicious taste is everything you expect from a craft beer and more, with the bonus of less calories and only 3.4% alcohol. “The perfect lunchtime beer.” This beer is the “2014 World Beer Awards champion” in the category of “under 4% ale”, not bad for a Taiwanese brewery that has only been in existence for a year or so.

Bloch’s German Dark is not your typical heavy dark beer. This beer is brewed with the finest ingredients and follows a strict German Recipe dating back to the beginning of German brewing history. The aftertaste is one of the most unique and delicious available. One of our German customers was floored by the authenticity of this Dark claiming that it tastes as good if not better that anything he’s had in Germany, he couldn’t stop sniffing the bottle even after he had finished the beer.

Mango Beer, the original recipe for this came from Brewmaster Roland Bloch while brewing beer in Australia. A local pub owner was wondering how to incorporate his mango farm into his beers and from this, the Mango beer was born. BBC’s Mango beer is a refreshingly smooth craft lager with a touch of Mango. This is the third of Bloch’s beers to get a “2014 World Beer Award” for the best fruit beer coming out of Asia. German malt and hops, Taiwanese spring water and Asian mango create a fantastic blend of flavors sure to please both mango and beer lovers anywhere.

Bavarian Wheat beer, a real Bavarian style wheat beer brewed with the strict German tradition.  Easy to drink and very smooth, one of the better wheat beers available anywhere.  Only available on tap, sorry no bottles.

Eddy’s recommendation:  Bavarian Wheat

55th Street Brewery – Passion for brewing and beer and love for Taiwan, brought this couple from Columbia to open a small independent craft beer brewery in Taiwan.

55th street’s India Pale Ale is brewed with Maris otter malt to give the beer a solid backbone, Crystal malt for sweetness and amber malt for complexity. This extra hoppy IPA comes with a 6.5% alcohol content, but it doesn’t interfere with the smooth, clean refreshing taste.

55th’s Amber Ale is the perfect balance of malt and hops. Every sip brings caramel overtones, biscuit-like aroma and hints of nutty goodness. However, what sets this Amber Ale apart from the crowd is the usage of locally grown organic dried longan fruit. The longan really tie’s up all of the flavors perfectly providing a delicious and unique little package of flavor.

Eddy’s recommendation:  Amber Ale

Eight Eight Six– 2 Canadian guys with a bar and a passion for brewing good beer started doing just that.

This duo is famous for hoping everything and making it taste great. They have a Pilsner, a brown, a pale, a few collaboration Evil Twin beers which are awesome and my personal fav, the Hoppy Pilsner. This brew tastes like a pale ale but goes down smooth and easy just like a pilsner should.

Eddy’s Recommendation: Hoppy Pilsner

Sambar APA – a young local couple with a dream of putting a Taiwanese twist on american craft

Brewed in Xinxhu, this new company started with a delicious strawberry lager then hit the big-time when the released their APA draught.  It’s light and easy to drink making it a lot more sessionable when you are having a few pints.  They have just released a stout, stay tuned for that.

Eddy’s recommendation:  APA

Taiwan Ale Brewery – Truly Taiwanese craft beer

This is the newest brewery on the block but the brewmaster is going in a different direction than the other breweries.   Instead of going American or European style he is creating a Taiwanese style.  His Hoppy Pomelo is very light and easy to drink.  At 3.5% it’s the perfect introduction to Taiwanese craft.  However I’ve even had expats who frequently order this light and delicious ale.

Like Taiwan Rice wine?  The Rice ale is perfect for you then, it is like a fusion of Rice wine and craft beer.

Longan Stout is a lighter stout but has that delicious stout feeling on the palette.  Brewed with Taiwanese Longan fruits haking it fruity but  it is not sweet like a fruit beer.

Eddy’s recommendation:  Longan Stout

Alechemist – A group of agricultural students with a mission, to produce Taiwan’s first beer where everything is locally grown

The barley, the malt and even the creamy corn is grown right here on island. The next step for Alechemist is to be the first in Taiwan to grow hops. We are happy to support such an amazing project.  Available in both bottles and on tap.  Its light and smooth, a local favorite.

Eddy’s Recommendation: Cream Ale

Keep checking this page as new craft beer arrives to Taiwan all the time and we are committed to providing the best to our customers.

Eat Mexican, Drink Craft

Eddy