A long walk to drink craft beer, it’s still Christmas around here, and bears, bears everywhere.

Day 235: Nantou, Taiwan. After a huge happening day yesterday, we were happy to have a much easier one today.

We kicked about the hotel this morning, then set out to walk to a craft brewery called Tsai’s Actual Brewery early afternoon. It’s 11km away from our hotel, so still a decent walk.

Most of the route was along busy roads, but towards the end we found ourselves on the edge of town walking through rice fields, with motorways and flyovers in the background. All a little bizarre.

We spent a couple of hours at the brewery, and it was a lot of fun. The brewery was set up by a guy called Cai, who trained in Berlin and has ten years of brewing experience. A few year ago he said up Tsai’s, which is currently the only brewery in Taiwan producing authentic British beer.

The brewery mascot is a rotund bear which features prominently across everything through the whole complex.

We shared two flights of beer so got to taste everything that was on tap. Our favourites were the amber ale, and mountain pepper wheat beer (which wasn’t an English style beer, but really good regardless).

It’s apparently still Christmas at the brewery – the place was decorated with heaps of Christmas trees and decorations.

The upper floors at the brewery contain a restaurant, another bar and conference rooms, as well as some faux shop fronts that make for excellent selfies.

When we’d finished drinking beers, we walked 3.5km to Caotun to catch a bus home. It’s a lively town and the Saturday night market was just kicking off.

Tomorrow we’re hoping to do some more hiking, which is dependent on finding public transport to the trails. And if all else fails, we can always have a lazy day drinking beer again.

More then.