alex acker kristian li jing a at the big smoke beijing china

Beer in Beijing: Jing A to open craft brewery in The Big Smoke

alex acker kristian li jing a at the big smoke beijing china

Acker and Li in The Big Smoke

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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.)

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The new high tables at The Big Smoke

3 thoughts on “Beer in Beijing: Jing A to open craft brewery in The Big Smoke”

  1. It is good to see this. I only met them once but they seemed like really nice guys. The impression from the photos is this will be a quality place, and the Beijing beer scene could use another one of those.

  2. They need a good Belgian wheat beer.
    And MMA fights on the big screen.
    Mongolian hookers would be nice too.

  3. These guys obviously know what they’re doing. I’ve tried Jing-A several times and really like it. Wish them the best of luck on their new venture.

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