Welcome to Prostly’s fourth issue. This month we’re excited to feature a few forward thinking brewers who are setting a new precedent for beer in their communities; some disrupting already crowded markets, and others, putting a stake in the ground to bring new styles and flavours to places where the idea of craft beer has yet to take root. These brewers are not only following their passion, but setting the trends and benchmarks as they go that subsequent brewers will strive to meet. And with each, we’ve highlighted travel tips to help you experience them for yourselves: from the sunny island of Malta to chilly Iceland; from Saigon to our hometown of Toronto.

Up first is an inside look at the new brewery upstart East West Brewing Co. in Saigon, who’s putting money where their mouth is and going big to establish itself from the get-go in Vietnam’s very new but increasing crowded craft beer scene.

Switching gears, we hit up the Mediterranean with an interview with Malta’s first and only craft brewer, Lord Chambray. From humble origins in 2014, Lord Chambray has expanded to a full shop, producing award winning beers and appeasing locals and visitors alike.

Next, we take a behind-the-scenes tour of Toronto’s beloved Bellwoods Brewery’s new location, a beautiful space and a clear reminder of what makes this brewery so easy to support; featuring images from photographer and Prostly contributor James MacDonald.

Finally, we head to Reykjavik to experience Iceland’s bourgeoning craft beer movement with a busy 48 hour guide. Though a relatively new phenomenon (beer was outlawed in Iceland until 1989), Icelandic brewers and a few Nordic transplants are setting this emergent bar high. The only thing that makes Iceland’s beers difficult to swallow is the price.

We hope you enjoy the issue and thanks to all of our readers for their early support. Whether you’re a brewer, beer writer, beer enthusiast, or plain ol’ drinker, we’d love to connect with you.

Prost!

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