About Us

Founded in Beijing by long-time friends Kris and Alex, 京A is a brewery in constant motion. We're obsessed with hunting down rare ingredients and unexpected flavors to brew our beers, ranging from twists on classic styles to curious experiments and inspiring collaborations with breweries from around the world.
Our goal is to make beer we’re damn proud of – beer that pushes the envelope, celebrates its roots, and changes perceptions of Chinese brewing worldwide.

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What’s in a Name?

When we kicked off our adventures in brewing, we knew we wanted to represent the side of Beijing that we love, and be proud to be local. We tried to think of a name that would encompass the gritty charm of the Beijing we know and love. For people that have been in Beijing as long as we have, 京A comes pretty close!

The Chinese character 京 means “capital”, and is the mark that can be found at the beginning of all license plates in Beijing. The significance of the “A” is a bit more subtle — when Beijing first began issuing car license plates in the late 90s, the original batch of car owners got plates starting with”京A”. As the city prospered over the next twenty years, additional letters were issued, and now a new car owner is lucky if she can register a 京Q license plate. In this way, 京A has come to represent the original, the old school.

AWARDS

Best Beer Program – Drink Magazine Bar Awards China 2018

Lychee Xanadu – Silver Medal, International Beer Cup 2018

Worker’s Pale Ale – Bronze Medal, Brussels Beer Challenge 2018

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

Tuhao Gold Pils – Silver Medal, International Beer Cup 2017

Suan Ge Pi – Gold Medal, Asia Beer Cup 2017

Eightfold Path Imperial Stout – Silver Medal 2016 Brussels Beer Challenge

Imperial Koji Saison – Bronze Medal 2016 Barcelona Beer Challenge

That’s Beijing: Bar of the Year 2016

Eightfold Path – Bronze Medal, Asia Beer Cup 2016

Watermelon Xanadu – Bronze Medal, International Beer Cup 2016

The Beijinger: Best New Bar (京A Taproom) 2015

Part of The Daily Meal’s 150 Best Bars Outside the U.S.

That’s Beijing: Best Craft Brewery Taproom 2015, 2016

Time Out Beijing Reader’s Choice: Best New Bar 2014

Time Out Beijing Reader’s Choice: Best Bar 2014

Time Out Beijing Reader’s Choice: Best Microbrewery Taproom 2014, 2015, 2016

City Weekend: Best Nightlife Newcomer (京A Taproom) 2015

The Beijinger: Outstanding New Restaurant (京A Taproom) 2015

The Beijinger: Outstanding Local Craft Brew (Flying Fist IPA) 2015

The Beijinger: Outstanding Local Craft Brewery 2013-2016

City Weekend: Best Craft Beer 2014, 2015, 2016

Guizhou Smoked Chili Porter – Silver Medal 2015 Asia Beer Cup

Flying Fist IPA Bronze Medal – 2014, 2015 Asia Beer Cup – 2015, 2016 International Beer Cup