As you must have noticed by now, the 京A Taproom in 1949 has been closed over the past few months. When we first suspended operations, we held back on any definitive anouncements in the hopes that we could find a way to get the beer flowing there again soon. But with no luck on that…
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. 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 taps in Beijing and beyond. 京A Taproom 1949 opened soon after, and operated as one of Beijing's most popular, award-winning bars from 2014-2017. Finally, in Fall 2017, 京A completed an overhaul of their longtime home at The Big Smoke, transforming it into a new flagship location – 京A Brewpub Xingfucun.
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!
Worker’s Pale Ale – Gold Medal, Brussels Beer Challenge 2017
Worker’s Pale Ale – Gold Medal, International Beer Cup 2017
Airpocalypse Double IPA – Gold Medal, International Beer Cup 2017
Suan Ge Pi – Gold Medal, Asia Beer Cup 2017
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
Our flagship American IPA is abundantly dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe for an intense burst of tropical fruit aromas, including passionfruit and pineapple. Pale malts set the stage for flavors of fresh pine and zesty citrus, accentuated by a smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness, and a crisp finish. A favorite among hop-heads, this beer is our go-to IPA for all occasions.
*Bronze Medal – Asia Beer Cup 2014/2015, International Beer Cup 2016
A Belgian Wit, Beijing-style. Pours hazy yellow with plenty of fluffy white head and bright aromas of mandarin orange and coriander seed. On the palate, the mild sweetness of the light grains blend with notes of earthy spice and fresh citrus, ending with a zesty dry finish.
Worker’s Pale Ale
A full-flavored American Pale Ale for the Beijing working man. Pronounced notes of grapefruit and pine resin greet the palate, with moderate hop bitterness supported by a backbone of pale and specialty malts.
Koji Red Ale
An experimental ale brewed with red koji rice, an ingredient traditionally used in the production of Chinese Huangjiu and Japanese Sake. The addition of koji rice to the mash imparts a blushing red color and woody, barrel-like notes. Subtle additions of wasabi root, ginger, and moderate bitterness from earthy and herbal hops round out the palate of this unique and complex beer.
Full Moon Farmhouse Ale
A farmhouse ale originally brewed to celebrate China’s Mid-Autumn festival. On the nose, this beer features the sweet Osmanthus flower (Gui Hua, a traditional mooncake ingredient). Earthy, peppery undertones of Sichuan peppercorn mingle with sweet malt for a silky mouthfeel and an off-dry finish.
Black Velvet Vanilla Stout
Our year-round stout seduces with a decadent bouquet of bourbon-soaked vanilla beans. Velvety-smooth flavors of chocolate and coffee lead on to a touch of roasted malt bitterness in a lasting finish.
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. Intensely kettle and dry hopped, this Double IPA opens up with layer upon layer of citrus, pine needle, and stone fruit aromas. A mix of specialty malts lends a rich mouthfeel and helps carry dank flavors of pine resin, grapefruit, and peach, closing out with a dry finish. Enjoy indoors, with windows shut, and revel in this beer with an ABV and IBU that are truly ‘beyond index’.
Tuhao Gold Pilsner
Our crisp Bohemian-style Pilsner showcases the beautiful interplay between lightly toasted malt and aromatic hops. Pours a brilliant golden color and opens up with spicy and herbal Saaz and fruity New World hops. The gently sweet palate of Pilsner malt is matched by medium bitterness and a clean, refreshing finish.
A hazy and intensely dry-hopped Northeast-style IPA. This beer’s all about the fresh, unfiltered aroma, so pull it in close and drown your nose in a juicy spill of tangerine, peach, guava, and mango. With a pillowy-soft mouthfeel and light bitterness, this beer goes down surprisingly easy for a hop-bomb.
- 京A Brewpub Xingfucun offers an extensive menu by Chef Andrew Dilda, with a focus on slow-smoked Texas BBQ. You’ll find more than a dozen 京A beers on tap, including our full range of year-round beers, plus seasonal and experimental brews and a selection of guest beers and ciders. We also offer bottled beers and growler fills for take-away! In our Back Bar you'll also find six cocktails on tap and a curated selection of Bourbons, Whiskeys, and Rums.
JING-A BREWPUB XFC
WEEKLY SPECIALS @ XFC
The widest selection of our beers, including exclusive small-batch brews, can be found at 京A Brewpub XFC.
In addition, we’re proud to have our beer on tap at a growing number of bars & restaurants throughout China.
You can find us in Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and many other cities...
If you'd like to offer 京A at your venue, please contact us!
News & Events
Craft beer lovers and football fans can now enjoy an al-fresco pint during World Cup season by visiting the new 京A Beer Garden at Damei West Gate! Our summer pop-up has over a dozen outdoor tables (72 seats) and will be open daily from 5PM-Late. With two large outdoor screens, we plan on showing all…
Tonight we’ll be launching our new “One Hop Policy” series of single-hop hazy pale ales. The first beer puts the spotlight on Nelson Sauvin, a hop grown in New Zealand whose name derives from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. While most IPAs use several aroma and bittering hops to create a distinctive hoppy blend, limiting ourselves…
All our merchandise, including glassware, apparel, growlers, and more are available for sale at 京A Brewpub XFC 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!)
If you're looking to pour 京A beers at a party, you can purchase full cases (24 bottles) of our beers at 京A Brewpub at a favorable price. Our bottled beers are also available for delivery through the 京A online shop on Weidian as well as on several Taobao bottle-shops. In Beijing you can also get bottles delivered immediately through the food delivery services Jinshisong and Sherpas. In Shanghai, find our beer on BottlesXO for rapid delivery!
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General / Media Inquiries – Richard
Distribution / F&B Sales – Kris
Brewpub Bookings for Large Events – Chris
To make a reservation at 京A Brewpub, please call us directly at (8610) 6416-5195
We aim to respond to all questions within two business days.