Great Leap Brewing | Beijing,
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Great Leap Brewing
Excellent based on 17 ratings
Type: Bar (see listing)

Doujiao Hutong #6, Dongcheng
Beijing, China 100010 [ print map ]
01057171399 | facebook | twitter

Hours: Monday: closed; Tuesday-Friday: 5pm-midnight; Saturday: 2pm-midnight; Sunday: 2-10pm

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Great Leap Brewing

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Beer Available At Great Leap Brewing (arranged by most recent)
Great Leap The Cleaver Porterly , Great Leap Three Door Trippel , Great Leap Chesty Puller IPA , Great Leap Aggressor , Great Leap Beat the Landlord Barley Wine , Great Leap Ghost General Wheat IPA , Great Leap Hop God 120 84, Great Leap Negrito Generalissimo , Great Leap Little General IPA 69, Great Leap Hidden General IPA , Great Leap Imperial Wheat , Great Leap Edmund Blackhouse Session Pils , Great Leap Pale Ale No. 6 , Great Leap East City Porter
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17 reviews for Great Leap Brewing
 Ambiance  80%
 Service  79%
 Selection  78%
 Food N/A 
 Value  73%
 Overall  77%
 Rating  85%
Rating Distribution

Beershine  (776) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 27, 2011
You go here again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and again and again and again and again. Absolutely addictive. Honestly if it wasnít for this place we probably wouldnít have stayed in Beijing as long as we did. Great staff, killer creative beer selection and always working with new recipes, making exactly the kind of beer that should be made--beer with heart, soul, and respect. Purist--they donít even sell anything but their house beer. Met new people and made new friends each time we went. Itís got what the Irish call GOOD CRACK. Iím gonna miss this place. Easily one of the best brewpubs in Asia, and probably one of the best hangouts too. Becoming a real hub of inspiration and beacon for the future of Chinese microbrewing and beer culture, which is really going to take off in the near future. A genuine great leap forward. Use Google maps, itís not that hard to find.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Boudicca  (704) London, England | September 22, 2013| Updated October 13, 2013
An amazing place in the heart of the hutongs, a collection of higgledy-piggledy back streets and alleyways. I found my way there on a motor scooter rickshaw whose driver negotiated the lanes expertly but at a hair-raising pace. Itís not easy to find and the only indication that the bar is there at all is a hand written sign on a piece of corrugated cardboard pinned to the wall outside. Inside the wall thereís a lovely brick cobbled courtyard with plastic wicker tables and chairs shaded by trees and lit by candlelight. The bar itself is in a small traditional building on one side of the courtyard. It has wooden shutters on the windows and resembles a rather neglected summerhouse that you might find in a country garden at home. Inside itís quite basic with a sofa, a low table and not much else. The toilets are outside across the alleyway. As for the beers, they were excellent, as was the service. There were nine taps on and everything is served in pints, although half measures and sampler trays of four beers were available if you asked the barman nicely. All in all, itís a great place and Iíd encourage anyone whoís in Beijing to seek it out. Itís well worth the effort. (Visited 20 September 2013).
Oakes  (668) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 26, 2011
Great Leap is the shit. Itís where youíll be hanging out when youíre in Beijing. Tucked deep into the ítongs off Nanluoguxiang, Great Leap is an ex-pat oasis. There are 9 beers on tap at any given time, with a good range of options. The place is often crowded. Thereís no food, but you can order in. Free water! And ma la peanuts. Canít forget those. And movie night on Wednesday. Staff are generally quite friendly, as are the customers. Itís a very sociable place, with a relaxed vibe. Itís pretty much always a good time. And thereís nobody doing beers like this in Beijing. The only canít-miss brewpub in the city, and one of my favourite places, especially in Asia.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 9/20
Schlenkerla  (341) , Austria | December 31, 2012
First you have to find this pub, do not give up! After you have found it you are impressed, a unique location. Shame I was there in the winter, believe the beer garden is great too. They brew more than 10 beers using a very manual process, must be hard work. Although the beers are too sweet for my taste, this is must place to visit.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
rickhall28  (266) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated November 12, 2012
Iíve been to a number of microbreweries in China but this is the first true American style craftbrewer that I am aware of. The owner is from Cleveland and had all of the equipment custom built in China with great effort. The hutong location is perfect but required a tremendous amount of work to bring it up to its current state. I admire what they have accomplished here. It is very rewarding to see the locals taking to these styles very readily when many of their fellow countrymen are shunning the very acceptable original recipe Tsingtao beer for foreign macros. I love how they have been using local ingredients in their recipes. Try the Honey Ma Gold which uses the tongue-numbing Sichuan ďma laĒ peppercorn. Half the fun is finding this place which requires a walk down a car free alley (hutong)Öa nice break itself from the hustle and bustle of BeijingÖto a typical former courtyard residence (disappearing all too fast in Beijing). Sitting out in the courtyard drinking these beers, munching on the free spicy hot pepper peanuts, and conversing with the localsÖespecially those just discovering these types of beers for the first timeÖis a memorable experience. Make the effort to visit Great Leap and share the experience with others.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (187) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 14, 2012| Updated February 9, 2013
Wow! After a couple weeks travelling around China drinking pale lagers, it was a relief to taste some real beer finally. What better atmosphere could you have than a laid-back well-treed hutong courtyard. 11 in-house beers on tap. Couldnít try them all. Mostly ex-pat crowd. Can order delivery food from nearby restaurants. Great experience. Went back here three times on our short trip to Beijing.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
steamfreak  (102) , England | August 21, 2013
What a hard place to find but well worth it. Even the locals we asked didnít even know where it was. A superb range of beer and the porter was delicious. We asked the owner about the brewery AND ALTHOUGH THE BREWING EQUIPMENT IS STILL THERE ALL THE BREWING IS NOW DONE AT THEIR "FLAGSHIP BREWERY" which I shall load now. Still 100% worth going to this place, itís unique.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 9/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
Munkky  (50) , Denmark | March 24, 2013
This is a fantastic spot in the mittle of an old hutong, and you have to search if you want to find the bar. The Beer is brewed in an very old fashion way but teste Quit good. A must visit in Beijing
flyer50  (48) Seattle, Washington | March 1, 2012| Updated April 22, 2012
Go to the website, they are "open by reservation only" in April
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower  (30) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 15, 2012| Updated July 27, 2012
This brewpub was is a neat place to visit when youíre in Beijing, if you can find it, that is. Nice courtyard and great beers.

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