2. Great Leap Brewing
Great Leap Brewing is Beijing’s OG craft brewery, dating back to 2008. The first location—GLB#6, named for its address in a courtyard house in the Dongcheng neighborhood’s hutongs—didn’t open until 2010, but it’s grown from offering four beers on tap to 20. In the wake of the taproom’s success, Great Leap opened a second location in Sanlitun only to shutter it in favor of an an even larger brewpub in the Xinyuan area. Three on-site fermentation tanks produce the microbrewery’s three best-selling beers: the Honey Ma Gold (GLB’s first-ever brew), Pale Ale, and Banana Wheat; you can also choose from three other standard beers, nearly 30 seasonal brews, and 10 collaborative beers.
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