Check Out These New Craft Beers at Great Leap Brewing #12

By That's Beijing, December 4, 2020

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Calling all beer connoisseurs! Great Leap Brewing (GLB) #12 taproom is making some awesome changes to its beer list.

Apart from five core brews and one soda, the rest of the taps will be replaced with seasonal, new and limited-edition beers. Some of these products won’t be available at other GLB locations.

Beer-lovers are invited to taste their Classic Flight featuring GLB classics, or try their Seasonal Flight which features seasonal brews.

And of course, many other beers are just waiting to be tasted!

Classic Flight

Edmund Backhouse Pilsner

With German heritage and brewed with a combination of Chinese and European hops, the Edmund Backhouse Pilsner is named after the infamous hermit historian living in Peking at the turn of the 20th century. Backhouse’s eccentric character is the inspiration for this brew. Winner of 2014 Asia Beer Cup Silver Medal and 2015 International Beer Cup Silver Medal. 4.7% ABV. 


Honey Ma Gold

Their flagship ale, this was the beer they had in mind when they decided to brew Chinese craft beers. Honey Ma Gold is an easy-drinking ale enlivened by floral Sichuan peppercorns and local honey from an apiary near the Great Wall. The Honey Ma Gold was GLB’s first brew and still their proudest creation. 2014 Asia Beer Cup Silver Medal. 6.2% ABV.


Pale Ale No. 6

Our signature Chinese Pale Ale, the Pale Ale #6 is brewed with 100% local pale and roasted malts and hopped with Chinese Qingdao Flower hops. 5.3% ABV.


Little General IPA

The Little General IPA is their unique Chinese-style IPA. Hoppy but not too hoppy, the Little General is a balanced, full bodied IPA made with indigenous, unprocessed whole flowers from Xinjiang province. Named after the only Patriotic hero to be recognized by both the Chinese mainland and Taiwan, the Little General is an act of balanced beauty. 6.2% ABV.

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Seasonal Flight  

Your Opinion Hawthorn Sour

Their newest kettle sour, this beer has a nice golden hazy hue and is infused with hawthorn candy. The beer smells tart but drinks smooth and refreshing, making it a great addition for the spring season. 4.6% ABV.


General-in-Waiting Session IPA

A lower ABV take on their popular and potent Pragmatic General IPA, the General-in-Waiting Session IPA comes with a heavy dose of American hops. It pours light gold with a low bitterness and bold aromas of pine, citrus, tropical and stone fruit. Outranked but not outshone, the General-in-Waiting is lighter and leaner than its more senior officer, meaning you can enjoy a few more and respect its authority that little bit less. 4.7% ABV.


Blood Orange Su Pale Ale

Using copious amounts of fresh blood orange juice, blood orange peel and Sichuan peppercorns, this pale ale is a unique beer. Fruity, zesty and slightly hoppy with a strong taste of citrus fruits, this beer is both refreshing and flavorful. 6.3% ABV.


Barbarous King Imperial Stout

The Barbarous King Imperial Stout starts with a complex malt bill rounded off with Chinese black sugar from Yunnan. Not for the weak, this beer pours a velvety black, and drinks smooth, roasty and warm. This beer is named after the king of ancient Yelang. He was given a Han Empire imperial seal legitimizing his reign as the Barbarous King of Yelang. This happened despite questioning if his own realm compared in size to that of the Han Emperor, a humble reminder perhaps, to check your own confidence before approaching this imperial stout. 10.1% ABV.


See listing for Great Leap Brewing #12.

[All images courtesy of GLB]

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