Tucked away in Beijing’s 1949 Hidden City is Jing A Brewing Taproom, a brewery-cum-bar serving artisanal ales and lagers that has revolutionised Beijing’s handicraft beer industry. The microbrewery is housed in one of the 1940s industrial brick-wall warehouses, but with a modern touch.
Fun fact: Jing A actually derived its name from Beijing’s licensed car plates in the late 1990s (present-day cars start with Jing Q and onwards).
Besides the must-order locally brewed craft beer, Jing A actually serves a rather comprehensive food menu boasting tasty charcuterie and other delectable dishes.
Located in the popular nightlife district Sanlitun, award-winning Jing A Brewing Taproom is the place to be and to be seen. Crowned as ‘Best Craft Beer’ and ‘Best New Bar’ by City Weekend and The Beijinger respectively, Jing A is clearly a media darling well-loved by both local and expat beer guzzlers.
We are glad to say this – Jing A is indeed of its various titles!
Long before Jing A became a go-to brick and mortar, it was actually a post-work hobby by two passionate drinkers. Back then, the beers were crafted with simple plastic buckets. They eventually gained a large following via word of mouth with its unique taste.
Choose to dine at Jing A’s inviting alfresco courtyard or seek shelter in their spacious interiors. The bar’s rustic charm is undeniably attractive with its dimly lit filament bulbs, exposed pipes, bricked walls and wooden furniture – every angle makes a great picture! Those who are dependent on internet will be glad to know that the bar offers complimentary wifi too.
Jing A has infused their premium full-flavoured brews with refreshing Chinese ingredients – so do expect an interesting selection of beers such as the Full Moon Farmhouse Ale (RMB40 for 400ml) and Mandarin Wheat (RMB35 for 400ml).
If these craft beers are too exotic for your liking, there are classic international wines for you.
The kitchen whips up quite a fare and we particularly enjoyed their Sweet Potato Fries (RMB25). The freshly cut deep-fried vegetarian dish is sprinkled with aromatic rosemary and parmesan. More substantial dishes are also available on the menu and one can choose from Corned Beef, Fish & Chips and more!
Jing A Brewing Taproom
1949 The Hidden City
Courtyard 4, Gongti Bei Lu
Tel: +86 6501 8883
Tue to Thu: 5pm – 12am
Fri: 5pm – 2am
Sat: 11am – 2am
Sun: 11am – 12am
Nearest Station: Tuanjiehu
About the writer:
Hui Jun Ng is a staff writer for ladyironchef. She previously worked in the food and marketing industry. She loves traveling and enjoys exploring underrated destinations. In her free time, you will find her indulging in coffee and her all time favourite local dish – bak chor mee.