CBAC Festival Recap

From November 16-18, 2018, thirty-six independent Chinese craft breweries came together and held the first Craft Brewer’s Association of China beer festival in Beijing. There have been plenty of other beer festivals with similar compositions over the last couple of years. Some are attached to larger events, some highlight Chinese craft alongside imported beers from […]

November 28, 2018
Craft Beer Association of China

Three years ago, a small group of Chinese craft brewers met in a small second floor conference room at a restaurant in Nanjing. What we were discussing was something of such future importance that were we aware at the time we would have taken ourselves much more seriously. This was the start of China’s first […]

September 21, 2018
China’s Craft beer Future Will Not Be Determined by Foreign Brands

This blog will now be the home of any updates relating to the main topic. If you haven’t read the blog concerning the main topic, please click here. Update (September 27, 2018) When I first posted this blog back at the end of July, I made the following statement: “The bloat of the global craft […]

July 31, 2018
Allied Series and Tianjin Announcement

Between sessions of our Beijing Invitational Craft Beer Festival, I decided it was worth doing a panel discussion about the future of international craft beer in the context of Anheuser Busch InBev’s recent acquisitions and their pledge to disrupt global craft beer’s development. An article discussing the panel discussion written by SupChina can be found […]

April 17, 2018
Why Do I Care?

A couple weeks ago we held a beer festival in Beijing. The reaction from the growing craft beer community was not surprising. Some accused us of racism because at the end of the sessions we asked people to leave, some people got really hammered and had a good time, and some people tried to steal […]

April 5, 2018
Five Things That Will Happen in Chinese Craft Beer in 2018 (or They Won’t Happen, No One Fucking Knows)

Regardless of the industry, industry professionals in China love rumors. Craft brewing is no different. A prediction is a rumor that hasn’t started yet, so, let’s predict some shit.   1.More breweries will open that are themed after gargoyles, Satan, demons, etc. The naming of breweries in China follows trends of international craft beer brands […]

December 29, 2017
Chinese Sour Beer Development

It’s been a minute or two since I wrote a blog addressing anything other than our most familiar situations. The acquisition of Boxing Cat by Brazilian brewing giant Anheuser Busch InBev has permeated just about every aspect of the Chinese craft brewing industry for the past four months. There isn’t a lot more I can […]

July 31, 2017
Carl Talks to Himself about Recipes and Beers and Stuff

In 2009, I started home brewing. The first beer I brewed would turn into the Pale Ale #6. It was an amber colored beer that was brewed out of necessity due to a lack of raw materials. Local malt, local hops, whatever yeast was available at the time. It’s one of the simplest beers we […]

May 27, 2017
Carl Talks to Himself about Anheuser Busch Inbev

So, its Thursday, March 2nd. About half past six. I’ve received a countless amount of messages all asking me the same question. “Is it true that ABI just bought Boxing Cat?” I’ve known since Tuesday February 28th. Lee Tseng called me as I was walking to my favorite pork rice joint in the world. He […]

March 6, 2017

I like Numbers. Not the TV crime drama, that show sucked. I like actual physical numbers. We use them for loads of stuff. When you deal in a consumer commodity like beer, your industry lives and dies by numbers. Consumption statistics, revenue, volumes produced vs. volumes sold, you know, numbers. Fucking A. Recently my industry, […]

December 22, 2016
Carl Talks to Himself about Contract Brewing

What is contract brewing? Contract brewing is when a brewery is either selling more beer than it can physically produce and needs to supplement capacity elsewhere to meet demand, OR a beer brand cannot or will not fund its own production facility and instead chooses to pay someone with the existing fixed assets to brew […]

November 25, 2016
Two Kinds of Bullshit

Disclaimer, this isn’t a blog post about contract beer. I’ll bitch about that later. This is a blog post about noise and shade. When you are an immigrant, sometimes its hard to figure out where you belong in your host society. Its even hard to find the right word to describe who we are as […]

August 30, 2016
Building a Hut
When we started Great Leap Brewing, Liu Fang and I didn’t expect much. I was working in a job that no longer appealed to me, and Liu Fang was 10 weeks pregnant with our son. It wasn’t a calculated decision. For those reading this who are weighing whether or not to quit their job and [...]
July 20, 2016