China’s Top 5 Breweries – A Guide to China Craft Beer

Is it beer thirty yet? No matter where you are or where you’re from, there is beer…and China is no exception. We love it so much that we end all of our evening tours at a local brewery so we can introduce you to the best craft beer in town.

We’ve put together a list of our favorite breweries in China so you can get your drink on no matter where your travels take you!

Of course if you don’t want to deal with roaming around huge Chinese cities to find them for yourself, check out our food tours which all include a visit to drink the best China craft beer in each city. Our Beijing Brewery Tour and One Night in Beijing Tour up the game and will get you even more sloshed.

1. GREAT LEAP BREWING #6, Beijing


Perhaps the best melody of good beer, good culture and local influences. Make sure you visit their #6 location for a perfect Beijing Hutong experience and sip through a pint (or few) in their outdoor courtyard. Don’t miss their Honey Ma Gold, subtly infused with Sichuan peppercorn and their best seller.

2. NEAR WALL BAR / XIAN BREWERY, Xian


Grab a spot on the patio nestled along Xian’s historic city wall, listen to nightly live music, and drink away the evening at this awesome spot. You haven’t been to Xian unless you’ve been to Near Wall, which is included in our Xian Evening Tour!

3. ARROW FACTORY BREWING, Beijing


This is our founder’s go-to place to grab a pint, you just can’t go wrong with any of their beers. They’re so great, we’ve included a flight in our One Night in Beijing tour because you can’t have just one.

4. LIQUID LAUNDRY, Shanghai

liquid laundry restaurant bar shanghai
If you’re secretly craving a rack of ribs or a burger at the end of your trip to China, this is the place to go. A bit different from the others on the list, this is a great place to grab a local beer in surroundings a bit more trendy and familiar…but that’s the great part about Shanghai, right?

5. MASTER GAO, Nanjing


Self-proclaimed as the first microbrewery in China, you’ll also find these bottles in bars around the country. Keep an eye out for their Jasmine Lager, a surprisingly flavorful beer that goes down very well…so then you can get another, and another.

Take a look at our full brewery guide by city, complete with links to their websites:

BEIJING

Our favorite place to grab a beer (or 10) in China, with more breweries than any other city.

Arrow Factory
This is our founder’s go-to place for a pint, you just can’t go wrong with any of their beers. We recommend their RyePA if you like something hoppy and drinkable.
Great Leap #6
This is a must-stop if you’re addicted local beer culture. Don’t miss their Honey Ma Gold, subtly infused with Sichuan peppercorns.
JingA
Their Airpolocypse Double IPA can fix any day shrouded in pollution.
Slow Boat
Monkey’s Fist IPA, their flagship beer, is super refreshing with a subtle mango flavor.

SHANGHAI

A bit more refined with vibes closer to home, Shanghai is a great place to sink a few.

Boxing Cat
Shanghai’s most popular place to grab a pint.
Liquid Laundry
15 taps filled with their own brews, local beers and some imports.
Shanghai Brewery
A solid mix of staples and seasonals with at least 6 beers on tap.

NANJING

Master Gao
Self-proclaimed first microbrewery in China, you’ll also find these bottles in bars around the country.

XIAN

Xian Brewery
You can’t beat the beer or the location nestled against Xian’s city wall. Seasonal offerings like their Watermelon Wheat is made with locally grown melons!

SHENZHEN

Bionic Brew
TAPS Brewpub

KUNMING

Humdinger
Yun Brewing
Valhalla Craft Brewery

HOW TO DRINK BEER IN MANDARIN

For a complete list of breweries in China, as well as insight into the craft beer industry, check out Rick Green’s e-book called How to Drink Beer in Mandarin. This is a great resource for English speakers looking to explore the world of craft beer in China!