Paus, Taman Tun Dr Ismail
If you are a beer-lover, you would swoon at the selection of craft beers Paus stocks. It is literally like beer heaven!
Paus is whale in Malay, and a craft beer whale is a trophy beer that is exceptional in taste and very limited in quality. That is Paus' goal - they are driven to search for the best beer they can find to serve to customers, and they are also on the hunt unique and rare beers that you will not see anywhere else in Malaysia.
But man oh man, Paus by far has the largest craft beer selection I've seen in Malaysia. Ale, stout, lager, pilsner, pale ale, wheat beer, ginger beer, cider - you name it, they have it!
With more than a hundred different types of beer from more than 20 countries, there is something for everyone. And who knows, you might be able to find yourself a new favourite beer!
I absolutely love Paus' wall "menu"! All the beer is laid out beautifully on shelves, letting customers browse through the different craft beers available. I love how informal it is, and how you can take your time reading the description of each bottle of beer before committing to buy one.
We shared a total of 12 bottles between four people, trying a wide variety of different flavours. The prices of all the beers range from RM20 to RM39 a bottle.
We started off with Australia's Norton Lager which was light and easy to drink. It has a very fruity and perfumed aroma, with notes of grapefruit and lemon. The lager also has a fairly bitter taste, but it balances out quite nicely.
Next, we had Italy's Bliss Summer Ale that had a bit more depth and flavour to it than Norton's lager. You get more malt flavour, but still have a nice fruity taste as well. This beer would be perfect on a warm day! A nice summery drink, like the name suggests.
The Japanese Herb Ale was surprisingly one of my favourites of the night. It had such a unique taste that is flowery and slightly peppery at the same time. It had a beautiful complex flavour, and was an absolute pleasure to drink. It goes really well with food too! I would not hesitate to order this ale again.
The Irish Red Ale had a more intense flavour than the other more delicate beers before. The ale has a distinct red tinge from the barley being roasted longer, giving it an almost toasty flavour. This ale pairs really well with Paus' tacos, do give them a try!
Tacos are one of my favourite foods, especially when it is paired with a lovely pint of beer or a pitcher of margaritas! I found that the Irish Red Ale went perfectly with Paus' Pork Tacos. The roasted notes compliments the rich sauce and crispy pork. It is a match made in heaven. Their fried chicken taco is also another must try.
I also tried their amazing Poutine and Championes mushrooms (pictured above) served with a rich butter sauce and bread for dipping. We also tried their Pinchos which is marinated chicken skewers with a barbecue sauce, which was delicious.
Another beer that is paired well with food is the Mornington Brown Ale. This English-style brown ale rich and malty, with a slightly sweet butterscotch note. It also pairs well with tacos and the poutine fries.
New Zealand's Moa India Pale Ale (IPA) is a bit more bitter than the other beers, as it has a more hoppy flavour. But as far as IPAs go, it is not as bitter as some of the US ones that I have had before. It has a strong fruity smell, but the flavour does not come through as much as the other beers.
The Coffee Stout was an interesting one. If you love coffee, you should give this one a try. It tastes very much like cold brew coffee, and has a very strong coffee smell. I am not a big fan of it, mainly because it's a bit acidic and I don't like very acidic coffee, but it was a unique beer nonetheless.
Belgium's St Feuillien Triple beer was another one of my favourites. But be mindful, this beer packs a punch at 8.5% alc vol! But this baby is so smooth and slightly fruity, making it very easy to drink. This one can be a silent killer if you're not careful!
The flames on the bottle is an accurate indicator of the flavour of this beer. That's right - the Chilli Beer. I thought that it would just be a slight hint of spice in the beer, but no... This beer packs a fiery kick! So be wary!
To cool things down, we opened a bottle of Three Oaks Apple Cider, which happens to be one of my favourite ciders. It is sweet, refreshing, and has a nice fizz. Perfect for a hot day (or a burning throat)!
I love non-alcoholic ginger beer, so it is no surprise that I am obsessed with Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer! It is refreshing, slightly spicy, sweet, and oh-so-delicious. I will definitely be coming back to Paus for this ginger beer!
We finished the night at Paus with a vintage ale. Coopers Extra Strong Vintage Ale has a very complex and full-bodied flavour. This limited release beer is truly something special, it is slightly bitter and slightly nutty. It was a true pleasure to drink.
Overall, I absolutely loved the selection of beers we tasted at Paus. I love that they serve finger food and tapas that pairs well with the beers and their selection of wine.
I am very impressed with Paus' craft beer selection. I love that you can try a new beer every time you come here, instead of reverting back to a normal Tiger or Guinness. At Paus, customers can explore new beers and widen their horizons.
It is also a large space that is modern and casual, perfect for catching up with friends!
Address: 42a, Persiaran Zaaba, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 12 midnight
Tel: 03-7731 8006