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 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
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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

  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (184) 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.
flyer50  (48) Seattle, Washington | March 1, 2012| Updated April 22, 2012
Go to the website, they are "open by reservation only" in April
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 10/10   OVERALL 18/20
rickhall28  (253) 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 3/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 14/20
AlchemikalGab  (11) Borgomanero (Novara), Italy | August 31, 2011
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!
Beershine  (746) 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.
Oakes  (649) 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 2/5   SERVICE 2/10   SELECTION 5/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 10/20
yesmaybe  (6) , England | June 10, 2011| Updated June 11, 2011
Another hard place to find in Beijing, using iPhone GPS map was very useful! And a very disappointing arrival with a very clique group of friends at the bar and (presumably) the US landlord lacking some social skills. The bar was set up like a front living room and we had accidentally walked into his house. Sorry mate, if you sell beers at least welcome us in. The courtyard patio was much nicer. A lot of beers on the whiteboard (a comment íare they all available?í with the reply íno I just write them up for fun.í) and a specials board with the ever popular micro-brews brewed on site. A very good IPA and a Pale Ale worthy of an English pint and perhaps the best beer Iíve tasted in Beijing. Other beers with some interesting ingredients such as Sichuan huājiāo (spicy pepper). Good beers, will venture back if in the area and ask a friend to order at the bar! I didnít want to spread bad vibes but half a dozen other people in Beijing commented on the same lack of welcome (including US as well Brits) so itís not a culture thing. Distribute the beer to other venues in Beijing and heíll be on to a winner.

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