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5 Of The Best Beer Experiences In China

China produces more beer than any other nation on Earth, brewing nearly a quarter of all beer consumed.

If you love a good brew, then you should seek out one of the many beer-related experiences on your next visit to China. There are so many ways to enjoy beer in China that it will make your head spin before you even get a sip.

To simplify the process of finding an unforgettable beer drinking experience on your next trip, I have listed five of the very best. Cheers!

#1 Tsingtao Brewery

Founded in 1903, Tsingtao has formed the backbone of Chinese brewing and its iconic green bottle can be found in all corners of the globe.

The original lager is easy drinking at 4.8% ABV and well-balanced hops make for a crisp and refreshing drinking experience.

However, those who have the good fortune to enjoy Tsingtao in China, quickly realize that the brewery offers other tantalizing options such as their Tsingtao Dark Beer which is heartier than their more celebrated lager at 5.2% ABV.

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The brewery is located in Qingdao, a bustling seaport in the beautiful Shandong Province. Qingdao has character and plenty of activity to entertain travellers of all stripes.

It is often rated as one of the most livable cities in all of China. At the brewery, you can enter the museum for about 50 yuan to learn about its rich history.

The brewery museum tour features many relics of the history of brewing in Qingdao but the most popular part of the tour is the end where every attendee is entitled to a fresh glass of Tsingtao beer, straight from the source.

Go to the brewery to learn the history and see why Tsingtao is China’s #1 beer!

Tsingtao brewery

#2 The Qingdao International Beer Festival

Qingdao is the unofficial beer capital of China partially due to the fact that it served as a colony for German immigrants starting around the turn of the 20th century.

One of the most positive outcomes was that the German passion for beer rubbed off on the coastal city.

This German legacy is why the Qingdao International Beer Festival was born in 1991; the festival is sometimes referred to as the “Asian Oktoberfest.”

Qingdao International Beer Festival

 #3 The Shanghai Brewery Tour

Tourists flock to the bustling city of Shanghai for the energy, delicious food, and the unique sites.

What might not leap to mind when you think of Shanghai is beer, but it should. Shanghai is loaded with colorful bars serving suds and unique producers such as Boxing Cat Brewery.

In fact that there is so much for the beer lover to see in Shanghai that it is hard to know where to start. Thank goodness the Brewery Tour Shanghai (founded in 2012) has not only simplified the process of deciding where to go, but also the question of how to get there.

The afternoon is spent touring some of the city’s finest microbreweries with brewmasters while tasting more than a dozen craft beers.

The good people who run the Shanghai Brewery Tour serve as your guides and your designated driver while you drink the best beer “Paris of the East” has to offer.

boxing cat brewery

#4 The Shanghai International Beer Festival

If you are looking for a cutting-edge event that features craft brews from around the world, look no further than the Shanghai International Beer Festival. In May of 2016, the seventh annual festival was a smash hit, drawing nearly 40,000 people.

This year’s celebration was yet another indication that craft beer has arrived in China.

What makes the Shanghai International Beer Festival so special is the commitment to feature local brews along with international favorites, ensuring that every guest has the chance to discover something new.


#5 The Beijing Craft Beer Festival

If planning a trip to Beijing this weekend, you’re in luck because this year’s 4th annual Beijing Craft Beer Festival will be held on June 10th and 11th. The event kicks off the annual Dragon Boat Festival in Beijing with a summery craft beer fest.

The event is organized by Great Leap Brewing, which boasts of being Beijing’s “first craft brewery.” Great Leap has made a tremendous contribution to the beer scene in the nation’s capital by hosting a number of festivals.

But this festival should be particularly exciting because Great Leap has invited leading craft breweries from all corners of the country.

Additionally, they have arranged for the event to be catered by several master chefs to create cuisine that is specially paired with the beers available.

Guests will be serenaded by a lineup of talented local musicians while they down carefully crafted suds.

However, if you’re not in Beijing during the festival, don’t worry! Check out this post for where you can get the best craft beer year round!

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Loren Mayshark is an American published author and travel writer who has traveled extensively in S.E. Asia and studied Chinese art, religion, philosophy, and history while earning a BA in World History from Manhattanville College.

He has written for The Permaculture Research Institute and Uisio among other prominent outlets.

He is the author of Death: An Exploration (2016). For more visit his official website:
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