Craftbros tap house, Banpo

Craftbros tap house, Banpo

Craftbros tap house is neatly located in the more quiet, but popular streets of Banpo, with a great selection of Korean and foreign beers. You can also bring home an even larger selection of cans and bottles from the bottle shop in the same venue.

Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Surf Man APA and Brat 3 dIPA.

Craftbros is one of the more seasoned breweries in Korea, and have a few classics on their menu complemented by new styles and imports. Their perhaps most famous beer, which is available in bars and stores around Seoul, is the Gangnam Pale Ale, actually brewed by Fuggles and Warlock, is a solid, dry and hoppy pale ale. Like Gangnam, it is a clean pour, but with a little aggressive bitterness to keep you on your toes.

This bar, however, is in a quiet and cozy neighborhood in Banpo, just a pleasant river-stroll away from the Express bus terminal station. The Craftbros Tap House blends into the European style street with a fantastic brick facade. Inside it decorated with chipboards and subtle black furniture, a ton of seating and beer-related posters. Worth mentioning is also the food menu, which holds several untraditional options for meals and snacks.

Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Subtle lighting and an ad hoc vibe with plenty of chipboards.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
A number of styles available, from Craftbros and other breweries in and outside of Korea.

On tap you can find a number of beers from Craftbros as well as other Korean and imported beers. We start off with one of the meanest dIPAs in town, the Brat 3. It is full, deep and sweet, with plenty of hoppy bitterness. Somehow the frowning Lego man branding fits the flavor, which is cute and angry at the same time.

Surf’s up next, with the Surf Man APA, much lighter and drier than the Brat, but still a classic and tasty APA fit for a chill summer night. My personal favorite from Craftbros is however the Cosmos IPA. As the name suggests, the Cosmos has quite prominent galaxy hops, making for a hoppy, dry and fruity flavor, fresh and bitter. Yum!

Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
One of many pale ales at Craftbros.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Cosmos IPA with prominent galaxy hops.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Brat 3 dIPA will definitely wake you up.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Playful tap handles.

I got a little taster to help me decide between Your IPA from Melvin and Destiny from Fuggles and Warlock. Your IPA is dark, sweet, rich and dank, and I chose to get my last full size pour from the more classic Destiny. Destiny is a classic citrusy IPA with tonnes of hoppy flavor, hints of tropic fruitiness and a medium body. Great on tap, but also recommended if you can get it on a big bottle.

The food menu holds some surprises, like the super fruity dessert jelly. Served on crispy salad leaves, the jelly is almost pure fruit, and not at all as sugary as I feared when I first saw it. We got the Bacon chips, with the bacon stiff and dry enough for finger food, and the potato chips with a little bit of softness still in them. Just salty enough and with two different dips, one of which was quite spicy. Another surprising menu item, the cheese croquettes, were just as they should – cheesy, tasty and, well, croquetty! If the beer didn’t fill you up, these will.

Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
The theme is simple with chip boards, seating and posters.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
The menu is as interesting as the beer!
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Bacon, chips and crisps with dipping sauces.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
The food menu also has English titles and prices.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Cheese croquettes
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Unique and fruity dessert.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Posters advertising the different beers make up part of the interior.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
View to the bar with seating.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Picture frames with labels, ads, coasters and posters.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
The Craftbros Bottle Shop has a large selection of beer, even cold ones ready to go!
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
Notice also the Gangnam Pale Ale, one of the classics of the house.
Craft Bros tap house, Banpo, Seoul, South-Korea
A fantastic brick facade in a lovely neighborhood.

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