A new brewery has launched in Malaysia amidst a flurry of activity in the country’s beer industry.
Leyd, an acronym combining each of the founders’ names, is the third brewery to launch in the Southeast Asian country following 1602 and Paperkite.
The brand’s initial launch took place in a draft-only 3-day event in Kuching, Sarawak, where attendees provided feedback on the brewery’s first beers.
They are now in the process of developing their core range to five beers and moving into packaging, starting with bottles.
The brewery’s three founders – Don Liew, Jaan Yeh and Eddy Kok – are currently focusing on building draft sales and distribution in Sarawak but plan to eventually bring the beer to Kuala Lumpur and other parts of West Malaysia.
Leyd’s planned core range includes Party with OG West Coast IPA, Dad Is The Reason Amber Lager, Air Hitam Stout, Juicy Pale Ale and Pursuit Of Hoppiness Hazy Pale Ale.
“Malaysia’s craft beer industry is getting very interesting after the recent launch of other breweries,” shares Don.
“Leyd will continue to stay competitive and advanced in terms of brewing techniques and technology in order to brew good beers for the drinkers in Malaysia – and hopefully the whole of South East Asia.”
Leyd also hope to raise Malaysia’s profile in the region’s craft beer market by entering beer competitions like the Asia Beer Championship.
Jaan shares that while Leyd is “preparing for export the beer in the future, it is most important that we become strong in our own backyard before we venture abroad”.