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An­other wel­come ad­di­tion to Bei­jing’s af­ter-work scene is the new breed of craftale bars. Also within 1949 The Hid­den City is Jing A (cap­i­tal­, which serves a wide range of brews. Among them are Worker’s Pale Ale, Fly­ing Fist IPA and the ex­tra-strong Air­poca­lypse Dou­ble IPA, ded­i­cated to the city’s no­to­ri­ously aw­ful pol­lu­tion; when the foul-air in­dex rises, the price of the beer goes down.

The god­fa­ther of the city’s craft-ale scene is Amer­i­can Carl Set­zer, who now has three branches of Great Leap Brew­ing (greatleap­brew­, where up to 20 options are on tap at any one time. The flag­ship of­fer­ing is Honey Ma Gold, a beer made with Sichuan pep­per­corn. Other dis­tinc­tively named ales are Liu the Brave Stout, Dubbel Hap­pi­nes­sand Cin­na­mon Rock Ale, brewed with Viet­namese cin­na­mon and Chinese rock candy.

Two of the three Great Leap Brew­ing out­lets are on the fringes of the San­l­i­tun nightlife zone, and serve hearty and tasty pub food. An­other pop­u­lar brew­pub, Slow­boat (slow­boat­brew­, op­er­ates in a tra­di­tional leafy hu­tong (al­ley­way), not far from Lama Tem­ple.

A guided tap-room tour is of­fered by Be­spoke Travel Com­pany. Founded by long-term res­i­dent Sarah Keenly­side, it spe­cial­izes in quirky tours. Choose from mo­tor­bike-and-side­car tours, elec­tric scooter ex­pe­di­tions and Great Wall walks with his­to­ri­ans, as well as un­usual venues for meet­ings. There’s no short­age of ways to im­press clients in Bei­jing these days.

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