They’re crafty*: Six-pack of breweries team up for Beijing Craft Beer Festival this Saturday

A six-pack of breweries will join forces this Saturday from 1 PM to 6 PM for the first Beijing Craft Beer Festival. This is shaping up as one of the most intriguing events on the city’s summer imbibing slate, with the chance to try dozens of beers, including some made by local home-brewers. Expect a lineup of bitters, stouts, porters, ales and more.

The breweries include visitors Boxing Cat from Shanghai and Strong Ale Works from Qingdao as well as locals Great Leap, Slow Boat, Drei Kronen 1308 and Fuerst Carl / Hopfenstube. Great Leap’s Carl Setzer informed me today that a dozen home-brewers will be present with a total of 19 beers at their own pavilion. He adds that due to expected high demand, those home-brewers will present their creations later, about 3:30 PM, “to prevent them from getting crushed.”

Tickets are rmb200 and get each holder 15 samples and two full glasses of beer. You can buy additional beers on site. The festival will include a huge bouncy castle as well as food tents focused on short ribs, French fries, pretzels, desserts, tacos, and more. Three-quarters of the money raised will go to helping The Homebrewer’s Society open an equipment store.

The Beijing Craft Beer Festival will be held at 8 Dawailangying Hutong near Qianmen. Buses will head to the festival from Irish pub Paddy O’Shea’s. For tickets or more info on the festival / buses, see the Great Leap site, or contact Natalie at nathalie.johnston (at) or Candice at cdicelee (at)


* Yeah, that’s a Beastie Boys reference. Good beer music…