Great Leap Brewing Original #6

4.4/5.0 24 reviews
DouJiao Hutong #6, Beijing, China
Beijing, China 100010

010 57171399
  greatleapbrewing.com
Sun-Thu: 2:00 pm - 11:00 pm / Fri-Sat: 2:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 16/20
Tinco  (7) Linköping, Sweden | November 15, 2013
Nice american style brewpub in Beijing. Nice selection of draft beers (18 I think). We got thrown out at closing though other than that nice service and good brews!
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
Boudicca  (1107) 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. It’s 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 there’s 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 it’s 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, it’s a great place and I’d encourage anyone who’s in Beijing to seek it out. It’s well worth the effort. (Visited 20 September 2013).
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
steamfreak  (120) , England | August 21, 2013
What a hard place to find but well worth it. Even the locals we asked didn’t 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, it’s unique.
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  • 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
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
Schlenkerla  (473) , Austria | December 31, 2012| Updated November 29, 2014
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.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
John28  (1) , China | October 26, 2012
There’s nothing in Beijing like a beer at Great Leap on a summer blue sky day.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
TML  (4) , | August 3, 2012
One of the best brewpub experiences I have ever had. Visited this place on an about one week business trip to Beijing and this was like an oasis in the middle of Tsingtao.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
dreamflower  (49) Steinbach, Manitoba | July 15, 2012| Updated July 27, 2012
This brewpub was is a neat place to visit when you’re in Beijing, if you can find it, that is. Nice courtyard and great beers.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
northropfrye  (244) 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. Couldn’t 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.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 1/10
  • SELECTION 2/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 1/20
flyer50  (48) Seattle, Washington | March 1, 2012| Updated April 22, 2012
Go to the website, they are "open by reservation only" in April
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
PRBeer  (473) Parsippany, New Jersey | November 13, 2011| Updated November 12, 2012
I’ve 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 “ma la” peppercorn. Half the fun is finding this place which requires a walk down a car free alley (hutong)…a nice break itself from the hustle and bustle of Beijing…to 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 locals…especially those just discovering these types of beers for the first time…is a memorable experience. Make the effort to visit Great Leap and share the experience with others.

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