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Beijing, Beer-jing

January 18, 2016
Top Picks… Beijing’s Best Brews 

Had enough of the New Year detox? Us too. We make no secret of our unwavering love for Beijing beer pioneer Great Leap Brewing (now with three branches and counting), but snapping at their heels is a slew of other fantastic brewers handy for ruining resolutions…
Embark first on your search for the city’s best beers at Slow Boat Brewery in Dongcheng, focusing on North American-style brews like their flagship Captain’s Pale Ale, using hops from the Pacific Northwest and a hint of grapefruit punch. Also a fan favourite is their Monkey’s Fist IPA, heavy on the pine and mango – the better to balance those Citra hops.
Nearby local hotspot Panda Brew Pub – whose mascot resembles the iconic kung fu cartoon character – is not so much a student of Bruce as a master of brews, with great ‘Too Young’ Belgian white and ‘Brown Bear’ brown ales. And psst… Dongcheng dwellers keep an eye out for new neighbourhood taproom Arrow Factory Brewing, opening by the water just after Chinese New Year. 
Over in Chaoyang is the charming Jing-A Taproom, complete with pretty alfresco courtyard to enjoy your sips – whether it’s the Belgian-meets-Beijing Mandarin Wheat, Osmanthus flower and Sichuan pepper-featuring Full Moon Farmhouse Ale, or Tuhao Gold Pilsner. And if the smog’s here to stay, sit indoors with their Airpocalypse Double IPA (its price goes down as the AQI goes up).
And finally, the biggest fridge in the city resides at NBeer Pub in Xicheng, featuring artisanal brews from across the country, and even a brew-your-own-beer workshop, personalised labels included. Gānbēi!

Slow Boat Brewery / 56 Dongsi Batiao / Dongcheng / +86 10 6538 5537 / 5pm-midnight Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am Fri, 2pm-1am Sat, 11.30am-10pm Sun /

Panda Brew Pub / 14 Dongsi Bei Dajie / Dongcheng / +86 10 6408 7922 / 11am-1am daily /

Arrow Factory Brewing / 9 Jian Chang Hutong (next to Stuff'd) / Dongcheng / +86 10 6407 6308 / 5pm-1am Mon-Thu, 5pm-2am Fri, noon-2am Sat, noon-1am Sun /

Jing-A Taproom / Courtyard 4 / Gongti Bei Lu / Chaoyang / +86 10 6501 8883 / 5pm-midnight Mon-Wed, 4pm-midnight Thu, 4pm-2am Fri, 11am-2am Sat, 11am-midnight Sun /

NBeer Pub / 1/F / Huguo Xintiandi / 85 Huhuosi Dajie / Xicheng / +86 10 8328 8823 / 3pm-2am daily /