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Le Ble d’or Taichung

Special Note: Customers who show this article while dining at Le Ble d’or’s Taichung branches can get a free 350cc beer.

These days, hardly a month seems to go by without a new Taiwanese craft-brewed beer turning up. However, less than two decades ago, it was still illegal for anyone besides the government’s Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau to produce alcohol on the island. That changed in 2002 when Taiwan entered the WTO and, a couple years later, the nation’s first private craft brewery, Le Ble d’or, opened.
Despite today’s crowded market, Le Ble d’or continues to do a booming business at 13 Taiwan branches, in addition to retail sales of its separate Sunmai beer brand (launched in 2016). Its two sizable Taichung restaurants include the 14-year-old, 450-seat Shizheng Road branch and 12-year-old, 220-seat location at Park Lane by CMP/Eslite mall, plus a concession at Intercontinental Baseball Stadium. The ambiance varies a bit, from the former’s cavernous wood-heavy beer hall-like setting to the latter’s more cozy, bistro-like feeling, although both share the same very extensive menu of western-heavy dining fare.
Le Ble d’or’s draft-beer selection (NT$170 350cc, NT$230 500cc) has consistently revolved around four smooth-tasting regular choices–Wheat Beer, Amber Lager, Dark Lager, and best-seller Honey Lager (brewed with Taiwanese longan honey)–and a fifth seasonal limited release. Big groups (or very thirsty individuals) can opt for a 10-liter container (NT$4,500) and there’s a one-liter take-home bottle (NT$298). Daily, beer is half-priced 3 to 5 p.m. and there’s a “buy-1-get-1-free” happy hour 9 to 11 p.m.
As good as the beer is, it is almost overshadowed by the very big, mid-priced selection of pizzas, ribs, roast chicken, pasta, paella, hot pots, salads, appetizers and other food. If you simply want something to complement your beers, try these trademark appetizers–big, juicy Beer-Infused Stir-Fried Shrimps (NT$320) and Deep Fried Chicken Drumettes (NT$300), served with a mouth-numbing side sauce and voted into an official government-sponsored list of “Taichung 5-Star Dishes”.
Le Ble d’or also works hard to create a fun, lively atmosphere. There is live music nightly 7-9 p.m. at the Park Lane branch and 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Shizheng branch, plus impromptu beer-drinking contests for prizes, themed parties and other events, all designed to boost your enjoyment of Taiwan’s original craft beer.

勤美店:西區公益路68號B1 (04) 2329-5911
Park Lane by CMP branch: 68, GongYi Rd, B1, West Dist
市政店:西屯區市政路20號 (04) 2255-5911
Shizheng branch: 20, ShiZheng Rd, Xitun Dist
週日至週四/Sun-Thu 11 am-12 midnight;
週五-六/Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am (最後點餐:店家休息前30分鍾/last order 30 min. before close)

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Written by 何道明 Douglas Habecker

Douglas Habecker is the editor-in-chief of Compass Magazine

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