Came by on a layover on my way back to Japan. The location was easy to find with Baidu maps (google maps wonít work in China) and is ultra-atmospheric with a large-ish courtyard and cool old building. The crowd was a good mix of locals and expats on a Monday night. No tasters after 7pm which was a let down but the staff knew their products and was friendly enough. OK beer selection with a few guest brews including Baird. More enjoyable than their more modern locations in my book but then again I was there on a busy Thursday as opposed to a chiller Monday night. Only issue is I found their beers to be kind of hit or miss and got the feeling their coasting on their reputation.
Here is a really fun place to visit if you are ever in Beijing. It is great to see that American style craft beer has made it all the way here, even thou it is still very limited in size and scope. There is a comfortable, friendly vibe - the outdoor patio is quite nice when the weather is warm - and it is located down an old hutong in the middle of the city. There are some very fine brews on tap, made locally with local ingredients.
So glad we tracked this place down! A hidden spot in the old alley shopping district of Beijing. Beers ranged from good to great, with a few real outstanding ones (the Belgian dubbel and the stout really stood out for me). Cool dude from Chicago working the bar. This is their original facility but beer is no longer brewed at this location. Really nice outdoor area. Cool t-shirts as well. On Thursdays if you buy a t-shirt your first beer is free. If you are wearing your t-shirt, your second beer is free. Food for delivery is easy - he will call the order in for you (the pizza was quite good and friends raved about the burgers). Only downside is that the place was pretty expensive. The IPA was 45 RMB and the stout was 50 while the pale ale was 25. A must visit if you find yourself in Beijing.
Nice little tap room for Great Leap beers (now brewed at their no12 location) small beer patio as you enter thatís probably nice in the summer months. Around 15 beers on tap including a couple of guest beers from Boxing Cat. Worth seeking out in the hutongs.
Atmospheric location, deep in the hutong. Smaller than the #12 location, and with slightly fewer beers. Didnít eat here, assumed it was the same burger fare as other US expat style brewpubs in Beijing. Highly recommended.
giarcsr (16) San Diego, California | July 2, 2014| Updated July 14, 2014
Cool little place in the Beijing hutongs. The inside bar looks pretty modern and newish, the outside is very rundown and dingy, very in line with the surroundings which is what I like. I think the setting of this place is its bigest selling point. Beer selection wise, I had a couple of taster sets of a pretty wide range of beers. Looked like they had about 18-20ish beers on tap, but quite a few were blown when I was there. Well worth checking out if youíre in Beijing and looking for an ipa or stout.