China > Beijing
Munkky (49) , Denmark | March 24, 2013
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 17/20
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
Schlenkerla (202) , Austria | December 31, 2012
74 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
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.
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.
TML (4) , | August 3, 2012
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dreamflower (20) 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.
northropfrye (97) 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.
flyer50 (48) Seattle, Washington | March 1, 2012| Updated April 22, 2012
10 AMBIANCE 1/5 SERVICE 1/10 SELECTION 2/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 1/20
Go to the website, they are "open by reservation only" in April
rickhall28 (125) 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.
AlchemikalGab (8) 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!
Beershine (593) 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.
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