Is it beer-thirty yet? No matter where you are or where you’re from, there is beer- and China is no exception. In fact, the bestselling beer in the world is a Chinese brand called Snow, which sells twice as much as Budweiser, three times as much as Heineken, and four times as much as Corona every year. Not bad for a beer that’s only sold in China, but there’s a lot more to offer at China’s best breweries serving craft beer.
We’re big on craft beer here at Lost Plate too. We love it so much that all of our evening tours include unlimited canned beers and end at a local brewery so we can introduce you to the best craft beer in town. Part of this gig is to be familiar with what’s being brewed around. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.
Also, see the culmination of our tireless and very enthusiastic research on our Beijing Craft Brewery Tour includes over 10 local craft beers at 4 different breweries. Great way to spend an (alco)holiday.
Perhaps the best harmony 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, which is subtly infused with Sichuan peppercorn and their best seller.
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!
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 Beijing Craft Beer Tour because you can’t have just one.
If you’re secretly craving a rack of ribs or a burger during 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?
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. They also have a tap house located in Xian.
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. Included in our Beijing Craft Brewery Tour.
Great Leap #6 – This is a must-stop if you’re addicted to local beer culture. Don’t miss their Honey Ma Gold, subtly infused with Sichuan peppercorns.
Prodigy Brewing – Their signature beers, Happy Hydra IPA and Beijing Haze will wash the summer heat away from you with their strong beers.
Steam Rhino – 9 tap beers are available at the moment, and they are all brewed on-site.
Nbeer Pub – Fancy some fruity beers? Strawberry Gose and Mango Gose are ready to bring you a tinge of fruit fragrance on top of the wheat aroma.
Master Gao – Self-proclaimed first microbrewery in China, you’ll also find these bottles in bars around the country.
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!
From Peking duck to the humble dumpling, we have compiled a few of our favorite foreigner-friendly local restaurants in Beijing. Criteria for this list means they have menus with English and/or photos and serve authentic and stupid-delicious fare. This is your meal itinerary if you’re traveling through Beijing. Don’t just pick one, try them all.
Typically made from sorghum, Baijiu (pronounced bye-joe) is the number one selling alcohol in the world, and by a long shot. Around the world each year, more baijiu is sold than whiskey, vodka, gin, tequila, and rum, combined. And yet, it remains virtually unknown outside of Chinese drinking culture.
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