The Big Smoke will soon be home to a brewery called Jing A by Kristian Li and Alex Acker. The pair will take over the first two rooms in that long hallway of The Big Smoke, which is on Xingfucun Middle Road, just north of Workers Gynasium. The project makes sense given that the recently closed Saddle Cantina, which had ownership links to The Big Smoke, contained a small brewery for years.
One room will hold six 600-liter fermentation tanks, though some 250-liter tanks will also initially be used. The other will hold a seventh tank and serve as the brew house. Beer will be pumped to taps in the room just inside the front door, where the seating has smartly been changed from low to high tables (see below).
The brewing equipment should soon be installed and the plan is to include a pale ale, an IPA and a summer wheat in the first batch of beer, with a slated launch date of May. This new addition to the scene makes a craft beer crawl highly attractive given the proximity of Drei Kronen 1308, the soon-to-open Great Leap Brewery and Slow Boat.
(Note: A lot of people have asked if I am involved in this project since the Jing A logo is similar to the one used by this blog. The answer is no.)