At a healthy 5 years old, Craft Hans is actually one of the more senior craft breweries in Korea, with venues in several popular locations. Their Yeonnam bar is at the Hongdae end of the long Yeonnam park, with 4 tiny floors, rooftop and a beer menu nothing short of a trip down the memory lane of Korean craft beer.
Located practically right outside the busy Hongdae subway station, but still with a view of the lush Yeonnam park, Craft Hans has a tall and narrow venue all about the window seats. Four tiny floors with lots of seating near the huge windows and around the fenced openings gives almost every seating group the feeling of being on a balcony. The rough and industrial interior is drizzled with playful vintage elements and practically every vertical surface is covered in various styles of graffiti.
On the menu, there’s a lot of Korean craft beer and some bar food, including fried chicken and sausage platters. Most of the Craft Hans beers are named after a location in Seoul and/or one of the main ingredients, making them easy to remember even for foreigners. There’s a taster set available if you want to try them all too.
We got the Yeonnamdong Pale Ale, a wheaty and sweet pale ale suitable for the hot weather. Next up was the Itaewon IPA, which is a standard-ish IPA with a mild fruity flavor. The menu is mostly in Korean, but price, bitterness and alcohol content is also in English, making it easy to find a style you like or something that suits the weather.
In the Korean summer, the rooftop is only recommended in the evenings after the scorching sun has set. Sitting near the window, our slouching in one of the sofas near the innermost wall, still feels like sitting outside on a shaded patio!