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.