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Discussion in 'The Rest of the World' started by percypan, Oct 30, 2012.

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  1. percypan

    percypan Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2009 China

    It's really hard to have good USA beer in China! Help!
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  2. Hindsight

    Hindsight Initiate (39) Oct 8, 2011 Ohio
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    Finally...something they can't counterfeit.
  3. ChanChan

    ChanChan Devotee (469) Dec 12, 2009 California
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    Shipping?:confused: Do they accept fedex or other forms of mail? If so, be prepared to spend a fortune on shipping alone!! Best thing you can do is find good ingredients and learn to home-brew your own ales!!
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  4. chaselw9

    chaselw9 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2010 China

    Where are you in China? Shanghai and Beijing have plenty of good options as well as the Shenzhen/Hong Kong area.

    Dxcel does a lot of the American beer imports and their website states....
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  5. percypan

    percypan Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2009 China

  6. chaselw9

    chaselw9 Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2010 China

    Ah, I see. About the best American beer I've seen in Shanghai is Old Rasputin.
  7. ajzy

    ajzy Devotee (457) Jun 15, 2011 Wisconsin
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    wondering this as well--Ill be spending a month in Beijing this summer and am worried where my craft beer fix is going to come from!
  8. krouge

    krouge Initiate (8) Dec 22, 2006 Thailand

    Had PBR on the train from Beijing to Shanghai. So far that's about the best beer that I've had in China.
  9. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (788) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    Best bet is to TRY and find Great Leap Brewing in Beijing-Hope your Mandarin is decent. Take a train to Shanghai for a stop at a few spots - Boxing Cat (my favorite), Dr. Beer and The Brew. Its Shanghai Beer week this week http://shanghaibeerweek.com/events/sinan-mansions-beer-festival/
    Good Luck
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  10. ajzy

    ajzy Devotee (457) Jun 15, 2011 Wisconsin
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    hahaha--my Mandarin is actually non existent...gonna be a long month, but Ill have to try and make it to Shanghai
  11. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (788) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    Shanghai has better choices IMO - the fast train from Beijing is like 7 hours (i believe) but worth it. There's also a few bottle shops that carry North Coast and Rogue (best you'll do for now). However, if you go to Keiba Beer Bar (Shanghai - 3 locations so look online or email them before you go) you will find yourself looking at a nice Belgian list including many bottles of Cantillion! Enjoy
  12. coyote711

    coyote711 Initiate (0) Aug 4, 2010 New York

    Where can i find north coast beers in shanghai?
  13. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (788) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    This is old but Jackie's beer Nest
  14. dbaker61

    dbaker61 Disciple (392) Oct 19, 2010 Ohio

    In Qingdao (where I am for the time being), there are a number of foreign-owned or upscale supermarkets that have decent selections of bottled imports. As for Belgians, I have seen Chimay (Red, Gold and Blue), Leffe, Duvel and others. Several stouts, many weissebiers. Hop-heads will be disappointed; it appears that IPAs and the like have yet to make an impression on the Chinese palate here. Also, a number of local bars and restaurants have either started brewing their own, or are getting very good beer from an American who has started his own microbrewery. I will be reviewing his operations later.
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  15. CTJman

    CTJman Crusader (788) Jan 14, 2013 Connecticut
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    Enjoy it out there. I know Shanghai and Beijing are on their way but it may take a while before the word spreads (or maybe not). If you do ever get to Shanghai I would recommend you give Boxing Cat a go.
  16. PeterVesti

    PeterVesti Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2013 China

    For Shanghai have a look here: http://shanghai.cheers-in.com/ also I always find North Coast and lots of Rogue in my local supermarket. Way easier to find good beers (especially Belgian) here than in my native country (Denmark) :slight_smile:
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  17. richmaguni

    richmaguni Initiate (140) Dec 17, 2012 New York

    In Beijing, in addition to Great Leap and Slow Boat there's a new brewery http://www.capitalbrew.com/ that does a couple IPA's and a lot of good seasonals.
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  18. BrickOneal

    BrickOneal Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2014 China

    Trouble Bar Beijing is where it's at. Trouble Bar carries the largest selection on imported craft beer in China. Have a look on BA to find out more!
  19. pinyin

    pinyin Disciple (318) Sep 19, 2013 New York

    Qingdao is interesting. Been there 6 times and man do people there really love their warm Tsingtao bombers.

    Actually the Raw Helles Lager that they serve in the Tsingtao taproom is pretty amazing. One of the best I've ever had of that style. They still use the original german recipe from 1906. And yes, they serve it cold.

    There is also an american ale brewery the called strong ale works and you can make an appointment and taste all of his offerings. I think he is guy you are referring to. He does some dry hopped ales that will give your IPA palette the hop bombing that we are used to here in the US.

    So far as imported product, Jusco and Mykal both carry all of the belgian specialties like Chimmay, and ocassionally some German rarities, but it just depends when you go.

    But overall the best beer experience there is the taproom of Tsingtao and their Raw Lager.
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