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 end at a local brewery so we can introduce you to the best craft beer in town.

Also, don’t miss our Beijing Craft Beer Tour includes over 10 local craft beers at 4 different breweries.


Great Leap Brewing #6



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.


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Xian Brewery / Near Wall Bar



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!


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 Beijing Craft Beer Tour because you can’t have just one.


Liquid Laundry, Shanghai


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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?




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. They also have a tap house located in Xian.


Our Full China Brewery Guide

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!


Want to Eat (and drink) Local?
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Our Food & Beer Tours in Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, and Xian will take you away from the tourist areas to visit the kind of neighborhood spots that don’t show up on top ten lists, to eat where the locals eat. Click Here for more info.


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