Since I’ve been in China, I’ve drunk plenty of mediocre beers – until I arrived in Beijing. I’d also been eating plenty of Chinese food – not so mediocre, but it was time for a change. I’d heard about Slow Boat Brewery somewhere on the beer twitter/bloggerverse and was very keen to try their stuff. You can’t read a Beijing expat magazine without hearing about Home Plate Bar B-Que.
First to Slow Boat Brewery. This a craft/micro brewery operating out of Beijing. They do the usual craft brewery thing and have a couple of standard brews and a range of seasonals. Chandler and Daniel are two Americans that have set it all up in a suburb to the north of Beijing, called Changping and they’ve done well. I was lucky enough to try one of each on tap in the award winning restaurant – Home Plate Bar-Que. First up was a “Pacific Northwest Red Ale”. I love my beers opaque and this was a classic cloudy red beer. Very substantial with a good bitter kick at the end. A really, really good beer. Next was the “Citra Mango IPA”. This is a seasonal and despite the name – has no mango it it. It is an unusual beer, with a definite tropical taste. This should be re-released in summer, when Beijing gets stinking hot.
It seems weird, but some of the best American food I’ve eaten outside of the USA, has been in Asia. Home Plate Bar B-Que does a wonderful range of barbecue classics and the prices are sensational. My pulled pork roll was 35RMB – just an absolute bargain for something so good. There’s inside and outside dining and in addition to Slowboat being on tap – there is a bar fridge that is stacked with an eclectic range of beers. If you go to Beijing – you’ve just got to go here.
In fact, I was so impressed with the place I actually paid for my souvenir beer glass. The Slowboat Brewery logo really cries out to be put on a t-shirt – just a great logo, whether in neon or on a glass. Good luck, boys (both at Home Plate and Slow Boat). By the way, two of your beers are now on @untappd.