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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Top 5 / Best bars to enjoy Southeast Asia’s growing craft beer scene

Posted on: September 7, 2018 | Featured

From Phuket to Phnom Penh, our pick of some of Southeast Asia’s best spots to enjoy the region’s rapidly expanding craft beer scene

Alchemist Beer Lab, Singapore

Touted as the world’s first infusion beer lab, Alchemist Beer Lab is Singapore’s answer to the chemistry-inspired concoctions that have become all the rage in the West’s hipster hangouts. Rising above the bar, eight Art Deco-style infusion towers add a steam-punk elegance to the establishment, and it is here that the true alchemy takes place. Highlights include “Black Jack” (a bold mix of stout infused with chocolate, raspberry and coconut), “Marla Maple” (golden ale with shades of smoked whiskey and maple oak) and “Obama”, an incongruous concoction of stout, marshmallow, vanilla pods and mint.

Full Moon Brewworks, Phuket

A welcome relief from the ubiquitous Chang and Klang beers filling the gutters of Thailand’s tourist traps, Full Moon Brewworks offers a wide selection of Thai twists on old classics. Their Chalawan Pale Ale pairs traditional Pilsner malt with lychee and citrus tones; for more adventurous drinkers, the Wild Honey Coffee Stout blends wild honey with Thai coffee beans from Doi-Tung for an exhilarating mix of sweet and savoury tones. But perhaps no beer on Full Moon’s extensive menu embodies its East-meets-West approach to brewing like the Pandanus Green Ale, which draws its distinctive flavour, and more importantly colour, from Southeast Asia’s iconic pandan leaf – all the better to celebrate the incomparably Irish St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Botanico Craft Beer Garden, Phnom Penh

Nestled down a tree-shaded lane winding off Phnom Penh’s bustling streets, Botanico Craft Beer Garden is a secluded spot perfect for after-work drinks and boozy lunches alike. Set up by a couple of American brewers hoping to carve out a quiet space in Cambodia’s growing craft beer scene, Botanico boasts perhaps the most varied selection of craft beers in the Kingdom’s capital, with everything from rich Irish Red Ales to heavier amber offerings. Settle down with an India Pale Ale and listen to some of the local bands belt out old blues standards in shaded style.

Burbrit Craft Beer, Yangon

Myanmar’s first craft brewery fuses German malt and hops with traditional whole-grain brewing techniques. Its signature concoction is its Burma Pale Ale (their own native twist on the world-famous India Pale Ale), a bold blend of floral hops and earthy, bitter tones. Swing by the waterfront brewery and its tasting room for an exclusive beer flight featuring a tantalising sampling menu of some of the best beers the nation has to offer.

Pasteur Street Brewing Co, Ho Chi Minh City

Photo: Bill Rand

One of the enduring ironies of the 20th century, it seems, is Vietnam’s love affair with the country that waged a devastating war against the fledgling socialist nation. Nowhere is this easy-going desire to blend the best parts of both worlds more apparent than in Pasteur Street Brewing, which brings together classic American brewing techniques with the vibrant flavours that only Vietnam can bring to the table. Whether you’re cracking open a can of Passionfruit Wheat Ale or savouring the refreshing flavours of citrus and black pepper in the signature Saigon Saison, Pasteur Street Brewing is an unforgettable advancement in Vietnam’s love of ice-cold beer.

This article was published in the September 2018 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.