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Beer Available At Great Leap Brewing Original #6 (arranged by most recent)
Kingfisher (Premium) Lager Beer 4, Blue Moon Belgian White Ale 37, Great Leap Coal Merchant Double Brown Ale , Great Leap Liu the Brave Stout , Great Leap Imperial Rye Ale , Great Leap Pale Ale #6 59, Great Leap Dubbel Happiness , Great Leap Edmund Backhouse Pils , Great Leap Cinnamon Rock Ale , Great Leap Little General IPA 84, Great Leap Iron Buddha Blonde , Great Leap Banana Wheat , Great Leap Imperial Honey Ma , Great Leap Honey Ma Gold
Boudicca (1035) London, England | September 22, 2013| Updated October 13, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
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).
Beershine (850) The Sunshine State, Florida | August 27, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Oakes (769) Vancouver, British Columbia | August 26, 2011
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
Schlenkerla (413) , Austria | December 31, 2012| Updated November 29, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 13/20
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. We came again 28.11.2014. Unfortunately the brewhouse has disappeared, however still a fantastic place with a lot of character.
PRBeer (411) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated November 12, 2012
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
northropfrye (229) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 14, 2012| Updated February 9, 2013
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
omhper (187) TyresŲ, Sweden | December 20, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
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.
steamfreak (117) , England | August 21, 2013
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Bacterial (107) Twin Cities, Minnesota | March 26, 2015
92 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
lambic (106) Newton Abbot, England | January 27, 2015
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 16/20
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.
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