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Beer Available At Great Leap Brewing (arranged by most recent)
Great Leap Hidden General IPA , Great Leap Ghost General Wheat IPA , Great Leap Imperial Wheat , Great Leap Chesty Puller IPA , Great Leap Little General IPA , Great Leap Hop God 120 , Great Leap Edmund Blackhouse Session Pils , Great Leap Pale Ale No. 6 , Great Leap East City Porter , Great Leap Banana Wheat , Great Leap Negrito Generalissimo , Great Leap Silver Needle White Ale , Great Leap Honey Ma , Great Leap Cinnamon Rock Ale
rickhall28 (248) Denville, 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.
Oakes (649) 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.
Beershine (738) 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.
Boudicca (673) 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).
northropfrye (184) 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.
John28 (1) , China | October 26, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 20/20
Thereís nothing in Beijing like a beer at Great Leap on a summer blue sky day.
Lars2509 (1) KÝbenhavn S, Denmark | February 21, 2014
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 17/20
I stumbled across this small brewpub while strolling around in the Hutongs. I found it very appealing - a place that instantly gave me an urge to buy a beer and sit down. The man at the counter guided me through the many different beers to choose from (about 20 I think) and I ended up picking the Honey Ma Gold which I didnít regret. I am definitely coming back, next time I find myself in this area of Beijing.
dreamflower (30) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 15, 2012| Updated July 27, 2012
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
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.
steamfreak (89) , 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.
AlchemikalGab (11) Borgomanero (Novara), Italy | August 31, 2011
82 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Been there only once during my stay, due to a busy schedule (I was in BJ for studying) and a group that doesnít really enjoy good brews. It was kind of magical, I was feeling very discouraged at first, wandering into the hutongs on a sunday afternoon and then I found the place, like an oasis in the desert(well, the hutongs are a good place, but I just didnít know where i had to go). Spent a couple of hours chatting with one of the owners (I think), an irishman. It was very pleasant. I ordered the local I.P.A.,an excellent start, and then a Cinnamon Rock Ale...The second had a unique taste that I had never found in any other beer before and Iím not going to forget easily. Iím new to the beer world, but I feel Iíve found a place Iím going back to,in my next travels to China. Cheers!
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