Friday, March 29, 2013

Ales & Lagers @ Solaris Dutamas

Hidden on one of Solaris Dutamas' least-traveled backstreets, Ales & Lagers is well worth the search for admirers of boutique beer.

A wide selection is stocked on these shelves; we might not exactly love beer, but we couldn't resist buying a few bottles that intrigued us ...

 ... from a crisp ale brewed with juniper berries for a subtle fruitiness ...

 ... to a honeyed one that bears the unexpected word 'organic' on its label ...

 ... to this Japanese creation mixed with coffee for a cross between espresso & stout that might satiate fans of both coffee & beer.

There's even this one with a potency that approaches that of wine. Almost, anyway. 

Ales & Lagers serves no food, but customers are welcome to bring their own & have a meal here.

Here's our top tip for Publika food-beer pairing: Head first to Ben's Independent Grocer & buy a jar of Huey&Wah marshmallows made with real stout.

These stout marshmallows are commercially available for the first time in KL starting this week, brought in from Penang in limited quantities. Fluffy-pillowy & pleasurably bittersweet; a match made in eat-drink heaven with Ales & Lagers' offerings.

If Huey&Wah's stout marshmallows are sold out, try the passion fruit or strawberry flavors, which could partner perfectly with Ales & Lagers' ciders.
Earlier entry on Huey&Wah marshmallows: March 21.

Beyond marshmallows, there's a wealth of opportunities for what folks can take away from Publika's eateries & bring to Ales & Lagers to enjoy with beer. Perhaps oysters from Shucked in Ben's Independent Grocer or fried rambutan with crab meat from Elegantology Gallery? 



Ales & Lagers (behind EspressoLab),
D1-G4-06, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.
Mon-Sun, 3pm-10pm.

34 comments:

  1. i like the Marshmallow~ XD

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    1. Mr Lonely: hope you get the chance to try it soon (especially if you enjoy drinking stout or like the flavor of stout)! in kl, it's available for now only at ben's independent grocer in publika :D

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  2. Ooo...Organic Honeydew and Espresso Stout beers...gotta try them out! =)

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    1. Ulric: yeah, the flavors are good. clean and subtly nuanced, refreshing and not overpowering :D

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  3. The marshmallows are awesome maximus! A must for stout lovers...and marshmallow lovers.

    Hehehe...you certainly found the right place for beer... a superb selection of imported beers:D

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    1. Missyblurkit: yeah, the stout marshmallows are addictive! i think i ate half-a-dozen pieces in just a few minutes! i also like huey&wah's passionfruit flavor, which is also fresh on the shelves of Ben's supermarket this week! :D
      heh, yeah, ales & lagers is the kind of shop that feels like such a treat for fans of beer. and the owner/manager also seems like someone who's passionate about what he's offering =)

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  4. Interesting drinks and stuff. Oooooo....sausages!!!! Slurpsss!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yeah, sausages with beer might not be the healthiest pairing but I guess it might be more satisfying than salads with beer, heheh =)

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  5. I saw on their FB (2 days back i think), went to Ben but it hasn't arrived it!
    Damn.. missed the stout marsh. was thiking of hot choc + stout marsh :D

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    1. TNG: hot choc & stout marsh sounds like a great combo! and i think the next batch of stout marshmallows should arrive at ben's within the next couple of days :D

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  6. Ohh....the drinks are special!
    I would love to collect the bottles. They look so nice ;-)

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    1. Melissa: oh yeah, definitely different from the usual beers at most restaurants =) heheh, ya, the bottle labels are very nice! i can imagine storing the empty bottles in a showcase =)

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  7. I'm not a big fan of beer, but I would like to try a bit of that stout marshmallows. hehehe

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    1. CK: oh ya, the stout marshmallows are good! a lot of people are hoping to try them, so i think they're going to be quite popular :D

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  8. Hi Sean, I have never liked beer, but the honey organic one sounds interesting. I absolutely love lamb, and the duck sausages look interesting. Thank you so much for sharing. What a great post!

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    1. Linda: yeah, i confess that i seldom drink beer either, maybe only a couple of times a month. but yeah, these unique beers were definitely too interesting to resist! :D

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  9. Though I am not a fan of beer, the selection at Ales & Lagers sure sound interesting.

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    1. Baby Sumo: oh yeah, i'd be fairly interested to see what other varieties they'll have in future! :D

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  10. yeay! you finally reviewed them!!! I know you're no beer fan but this isn't the normal dosh we are accustomed to. Hope there was one you liked.

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    1. Ivan: yeah, so far, i don't think i've found the ideal beer for me that i want to keep drinking. i'm looking for something that has complex flavors and is high in alcohol content but is less bloating than many beers. i guess i'm just not suited to be a beer drinker =)

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    2. Oh Ye of good taste! The Penguin from Brewdog has an ABV of 32% and has very complex flavours.

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    3. Ivan: thanks for that! i had never heard of it, so i had to read up on it. sounds fab. i didn't see it among ales & lagers's brewdog selection, so i guess maybe they don't carry it here for now. maybe that's partly because of the hefty price, eh. it looks like a bottle sells for at least 40 euros :D

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  11. Looks like you really love spending time there and yet we have not bump into each other.I like publika a lot too..since I am only 5 mins from it.I am going to check this place out too and take this friend of mine who loves beers. She is gonna love you for this. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Sycookies: ooh, let's hope we bump into each other in publika this year! and i hope your friend enjoys the beer here ... there's such a wide range of beer here, i feel confident that she'll find something exciting :D

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  12. So many interesting beers here , I wonder is there any which can please a non-beer lover like me? :P

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    1. Choi Yen: heheh, can check with the owner, he might be able to offer you a good recommendation based on your preferences :D

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  13. omggggg where have u been hiding all these yearsssss ales and lagers! you are my absolute savior! Im coming for u! <3

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    1. AugustDiners: silver spoon's pizzas and ales & lager's beers ... Could be a formidable combo!!! :D

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  14. Aptly opened by the dude behind beerbeer.org. Hehe I like the sound of honey beer, there's an Australian one called Beez Neez which I really love. Should give fuller's a try. Visiting Kennyn soon la!

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    1. Kelly: ya, this was my first time meeting kennhyn, I think. It's a nice outlet that he runs, and it sounds like ales & lagers will do well with fans of beer! Thanks, will look out for beez neez :D

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  15. Have never really acquired the taste for beer. I don't mind a cider. Love your food pairings though. :-)

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    1. The yum list: true, I'll almost always opt for wine, cocktails and the occasional whiskey over beer. But yeah, a cider would be good during this current crazy-hot weather we're having. Thanks, I guess there's a lot of good food in publika :D

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  16. shouldn't pork and pork crackling go with bear. and come to think of it, how come you and I hardly drink beer together ar? Always wine or cocktails one.. :P

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    1. Ciki: ooh you're right! Though am not sure where to find pork crackling in publika, heheh =) I know the answer to the second question though! I don't like beer, but I love wine and I like cocktails, heh ;D

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