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Beijing Craft Beers



Summer is heating up meaning it is the perfect time to sit back with a beer on a hot afternoon. But if you’re looking for something a little different to your normal Tsingdao or Stella, Beijing has some great craft beer options that are definitely worth a try!

Great Leap

When the demand became too high for its original hutong courtyard, Great Leap moved it’s brewing to a bigger location near the Great Wall. The hutong is still open for drinking though, and often with live music provided by local bluegrass musicians.  They currently have 12 beers available, with intriguing names such as Fighting Tong Hawthorne Black Ale, The Aggressor and Liu the Brave Cardamom Stout. Great Leap also supports local home brewers with supplies of malt, hops and yeast.

Slow Boat

Founded by a couple of Americans beer lovers, Slow Boat brews American style Craft Beer at its Changping location out by the Great Wall. They currently have 9 different brews available, including some experimental and seasonal beers such as their Dragon Boat Summer Ale. Slow Boat is currently available on tap in 8 Beijing locations from Home Plate BBQ, to rooftop bar Q bar and indie music club XP – check their website for updates on which brews are available in which locations.  They have plans to open their own ‘Tap Room’ with all their beers available in one place this summer.

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