Uncategorized Pints, pizzas and pickers: A dozen pics from Beers for Books at Great Leap Brewery February 5, 2013 boyce 1 Comment A fresh pour at Saturday’s Beers for Books event at Great Leap Brewery, with a tally card in the background. A good crowd from the start at 4 PM to the finish at 10 PM — and beyond. A dozen pics from this chug for charity event that was. Taking the Nanluguoxiang route to Great Leap. All these people are on the way to Beers for Books, right? Then again, maybe not. The Jingyang Hutong turnoff is a bit quieter. Great Leap at around 5 PM, with about two dozen people in the pouring room. Time for a pint. The Great Leap beer board. Rmb15 from every beer went to The Library Project, from the rmb25 Pale Ale #6 to the rmb40 chocolate stout to the knock-you-on-your-ass rmb60 Three Door Tripel. Some people chose to imbibe in the enclosed patio area just inside the Great Leap door. And owner Carl Setzer also prepared a fire in the unenclosed area for those who wanted to chill under the stars. “Gather round the wok fire kids and let uncle Carl tell you some scary stories, like the time he accidentally drank a bottle of Bud Light.” Manager Ken Dry mans the taps. All told, the staff poured nearly 300 beers during the afternoon. And rmb15 from every pie delivered from nearby Hutong Pizza also went to The Library Project. The Beijing Pickers don’t just pick, they also sing. Usually sad songs. But at one point, we did hear some “Push it” by Salt-N-Pepa on the mandolin. The funniest fiddlier in the joint. Christine Wang and Tom Stader of The Library Project both attended. Stader says the group has now set up more than 850 reading spaces across China. This Beers for Books event raised rmb4350 from beers (290 glasses) and rmb300 from pizzas (20 pies), and the money will go to finishing a library at a school in Hebei province. Cheers to that.