First published on 7 Dec 2011. Updated on 29 Nov 2012.
Microbrewery on Fumin Lu from the people behind Dr Wine
Designed by Yann Quilbeuf, the brains behind Dr Wine
(just down the road at number 177), Dr Beer is set in a large, loft-style space. There are just five brews on offer – Wheat, Pale Ale, Pilsner, IPA and Dark Ale (48RMB/small or 58RMB/medium). The standard of the beers is generally quite average however.
The IPA is classically American, with a powerful aroma, strong hoppy flavour and a slight bitterness (45 on the Bitterness Scale). The dark ale is malty, enriched with hints of coffee and chocolate. The pale ale is lighter with pine and floral notes, and comes served with a slice of orange. If you can’t choose, order the Brew Master’s tasting panel (68RMB) and try all five. Wine is available too from 57RMB/glass.
Food options are hit and miss: the Chef’s Selection (bread dips, feta and sun-dried tomato) arrives with canned olives, disappointing for 58RMB, and the white pizzas (63RMB) taste like béchamel on bread. Slightly better are the Dr Beer signature dishes: skewer platters (64RMB/six skewers to 210RMB/24 skewers) and roasted pork belly with dark ale sauce (68RMB).