I’m on my first trip to Indonesia and Bali. Over the years, I’ve heard about places like Seminyak, Legian, the notorious Kuta and Nusa Dua. I’d never heard about Canggu until I started researching breweries. Well, it seemed everyone else had heard about Canggu and wanted to visit at the same time as me.
It had been a long and enjoyable day. I travelled from my hotel to an amazing waterfall, much of along Bali’s number 1 road – from Denpasar to Gilimanuk. The distance between the two points was about 75kms and it took about 2hrs 20 minutes with no stops. The traffic really sucks. Rice paddies and the Tanah Lot Temple ticked off, it was time for a brewery reward.
The drive from Tanah Lot to Black Sand Brewery which is a distance of km took 30 minutes. It is a free for all on the roads and things jam up pretty quickly.
Black Sand Brewery is named for the black sand of the beaches in this part of Bali. The whole set up is extremely impressive. Inside and outside seating. High tables (my favourite) and low tables and plenty of fans. I love the industrial fan out the back. You can choose to face the street, an impressive wall of greenery or the fields out the back. It is a great spot.
The core range is pretty straight forward – Pilsner, Kölsch, IPA and an American Amber Ale. The Kölsch is a cracker for the Bali weather crisp and smashable. The IPA is more on the XPA end of the pale ale spectrum. The Amber was my favourite. Good malts with some nice bitterness. One complaint – too much head from the pourers.
I was saving up for my first Rendang of the tour so opted not to eat much – just some fried chicken nibbles. Bought some merch – beer t-shirt met my price threshold of $25 and under. Total bill for four pints, a cab of takeaway, chicken nibbles and a t-shirt – $72. About par.
Black Sand Brewery: Pantai Bolong Batu Street, Canggu, Bali
Not breweries but other good places to check out are Old man’s and LaBrisa.