In summer 2016 we traveled from Beijing to Bend, Oregon to brew a new batch of Hutong Clan CDA with the guys at Boneyard Beer. We first collabored with them to come up with this beer – an Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale infused with fiery Chinese ginger – when they traveled to Beijing in Fall 2015. Since then, it’s…
京A Brewing Co. is the brainchild of Kris and Alex, two North American guys and long-time Beijingers with a passion for great beer. One cold day in January 2012, they decided to homebrew a hop-forward American IPA to celebrate the coming Chinese New Year. The result, which they named “Hoppy New Year” (what else?!), was surprisingly good, and friends quickly finished off the batch and called for more. The two realized then that the only thing better than drinking full flavored, handcrafted beer is brewing it for others. And so began their dream — to make creative and delicious ales and lagers with only the best ingredients for craft beer fans here in the ‘Jing.
What began as a hobby with a couple pots and plastic buckets quickly became an obsession. Balancing corporate jobs by day, and brewing by night, Alex and Kris hosted pop-up events around town to showcase the latest creations from 京A. Over the next few months they moved from brewing out of their apartments to borrowing commercial kitchens and guest brewing on other local systems. Finally, in Spring 2013 京A Brewing Co. established its own brewery inside The Big Smoke Bistro on Xingfucun, which runs 24/7 to supply an ever-growing growing number of 京A taps in Beijing as well as their flagship location, the 京A Taproom, established in Fall 2014.
We’re excited to be part of the revolution for locally brewed craft beer that’s just starting to gain momentum in China. Check out our blog or sign up for our newsletter and public WeChat account to follow the 京A story! And thank you for supporting local beer!
Eightfold Path Imperial Stout – Silver Medal 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge
Flying Fist IPA Bronze Medal – 2014, 2015 Asia Beer Cup – 2015, 2016 International Beer Cup
Guizhou Smoked Chili Porter – Silver Medal 2015 Asia Beer Cup
City Weekend: Best Craft Beer 2014, 2015, 2016
We brew with the best local and imported ingredients to make full-flavored, bold, and creative beers that are free of adjuncts and artificial preservatives.
We currently have several core beers that we brew year-round, and many seasonal beers that each year we look forward to brewing, and a long history of one-off and collaboration beers. We love experimenting, blurring the lines, and combining new flavors for whimsical beers in all sorts of styles!
Flying Fist IPA
A double dose of Citra and Simcoe hops adds intense tropical notes to this hophead’s delight.
*Asia Beer Cup 2014/2015 Bronze Medal
A Belgian Wit, Beijing-style. Pale wheat malts, local mandarin orange and coriander seed give this beer a sunny color and a crisp, dry finish.
Worker’s Pale Ale
A full-flavored American Pale Ale for the Beijing working man. Light, refreshing, and generously hopped for that extra pick-me-up between shifts.
Koji Red Ale
An experimental ale made with Koji sake rice, wasabi root and ginger. The result is a blushing red color, a fruity aroma, and barrel-like notes.
Full Moon Farmhouse Ale
A Belgian Saison farmhouse-style ale originally brewed for Mid-Autumn festival, featuring infused Sweet Osmanthus flower (Gui Hua, a traditional mooncake ingredient) and earthy undertones of Sichuan pepper.
Black Velvet Vanilla Stout
Chocolate, coffee, and roasted flavors from the malt combine with the essence of Papua New Guinea vanilla beans aged in Town Branch bourbon.
Airpocalypse Double IPA
Our hazy, unfiltered tribute to the city we know and love and to the people who, whether it’s a blue-sky day or a no-sky day, make it so great. Enjoy indoors, with windows shut, and revel in an ABV and IBU that is truly ‘beyond index’.
Tuhao Gold Pilsner
Our crisp Bohemian Pilsner features hop-driven aromas from Saaz and New World hops balanced by the beautiful flavor of lightly toasted malt. This beer screams class, like a Lamborghini parked sideways across three lanes!
At our flagship bar and restaurant you’ll find more than a dozen beers on tap, including the full range of 京A ‘s core beers, our seasonal and experimental brews, and a selection of guest beers and ciders. Yes, we also offer growler fills!
We also serve a dinner menu of our pub food favorites with a Beijing twist, as well as the popular Brewer’s Brunch on weekends.
News & Events
This Thursday, Dec 29, we’ll be launching two beers that couldn’t be more different, with one exception – they were both brewed with tea. The first is the PuPu Porter, a tea beer perfect for winter sipping. We brewed this beer with Tore and Stephen from Nøgne Ø (Norway) during their visit to Beijing for the launch…
Tonight, rock your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to 京A Taproom! We’re re-releasing one of our original seasonal beers, the Toasted Chestnut Brown Ale. Toasted Chestnut Brown Ale ABV: 6.7% | 38 IBU A perfect companion for a chilly afternoon. Boasting a dark amber color, this balanced beer combines warm caramel notes with distinctly toasty flavors reminiscent of Beijing’s roadside…
All our merchandise, including glassware, apparel, growlers, and more are available for sale at the 京A Taproom and at our Weidian store (just scan the QR code or click the link to access it!)
Unfortunately, we do not ship internationally, nor do we ship coasters or labels (sorry collectors, you'll have to come visit us!)
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General / Media Inquiries – Richard
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Private Keg Sales and Taproom Booking for Large Events – John
To make a reservation at 京A Taproom, please call us directly at (8610) 6501-8883.
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