On Hobart’s recommendation, I went there tonight. Very nice decor, but I don’t think it qualifies as a pub. Yes, there is a bar, but it doesn’t look like it’s used very much. The beers are good. The manager, Chris Lan, was very friendly and plied me with free samples of their beer. All of their brewing equipment is imported from Canada, and according to Chris, there are no other micro breweries/restaurants in northern taiwan, although she knows of one in Kaohsiung. In my opinion, the Pilsener and the Pale Ale were the best of the three beers they have on tap. The Weiss was ok, but not to my taste. Prices are very reasonable. 550ml of beer will set you back only $150NT. The food is also reasonable. Most dishes are in the $200NT range, although there are a few offerings in the 100 and 300 range. My food was spicier than what I usually get in Taiwan’s Thai restuarants, but I only ordered two dishes. The desserts looked tempting and they’re quite cheap, also.
Apparently they’ve been in business for only 2 months. Give them a try if you’re in the area. As Hobart said they’re at #423 Jinhu Road, right at the intersection where Minquan, Kangning, Chenggong and Jinhu Roads meet. To get there from Taipei, take Minquan past Costco for about 4 kms. Also on the same intersection is a Swensens, a Royal Host, and a Cafe Chicco d’Oro.
Thanks Hobart, for the heads up.
They’re worth a visit