8 of South China's Best Craft Beers

By That's PRD, April 11, 2018

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This month, we decided to sample a selection of South China’s best craft suds. Below, we give you the boozy details for each beer. 

How many have you sampled? Did your favorite make the list? Sound off in the comment section at the bottom of this story.

1. Wuyang IPA


Dave Strand has been brewing the Wuyang IPA since he opened The Strand Beer Cafe back in 2013. The beverage serves as the bar's signature IPA and boasts a light floral nose with a piney, citrusy, hoppy flavor. This beer is well balanced and very drinkable – a perfect summer quencher.

ABV:  6.2%
Bitterness: 55IBU
Cost: RMB45 per 470-milliliter glass
Where to purchase: The Strand Beer Cafe (Guangzhou)

2. The Hoppy Lager


The Hoppy Lager at Rozz-Tox is a delightfully flavorful number, offering the curious tippler a crisp and elegant take on oft-maligned lager (you know, because lagers are ‘boring’ and ‘watery’). At 32IBU, this beverage is a great introductory beer for patrons working up to Rozz-Tox’s bitterer offerings.

ABV: 5.2%
Bitterness: 32IBU
Cost: RMB55 per 470-milliliter glass
Where to purchase: Rozz-Tox (Guangzhou)

3. Blueberry Chocolate Milkshake Baltic Porter


A smooth and strong porter, the Blueberry Chocolate Milkshake Baltic Porter at Bravo is brewed with oats and lactose sugar and conditioned atop heaps of blueberry puree, Madagascar vanilla beans and cocoa nibs. This beer is the perfect post-meal drink and we reckon it would pair decidedly well with a slice of cheesecake.

ABV: 8%
Bitterness: 30IBU
Cost: RMB55 per 473-milliliter glass
Where to purchase: Bravo Brewing (Guangzhou)

4. Bionic Ale


Bionic Brew's namesake ale is the Shenzhen brewery’s first and favorite American pale ale. It’s lighter than an IPA, with a low bitterness (28IBU), the full flavor of its Belgian malt and a mild sweetness that reminds Bionic’s founder of the muscadine berries of his Alabama youth. 

ABV:  5.6%
Bitterness: 28IBU
Cost: RMB40 per 473-millimeter glass
Where to purchase: Bionic Brew, Dolores Park, Monkey Bar and (soon) Evil Duck (Shenzhen)

5. Angry Alien Double IPA


Riffing off the alien that shares initials with E.T.’s Erique and Terry, this potent double IPA is out-of-this-world on the bitter spectrum (110IBU). But tart citrus notes around the edge and a full-frontal spice profile help make this brew really enjoyable. The eponymous alien may have been angry at all the flavorless brews he found, but in this, he found a beer to phone home about. 

ABV: 8.6%
Bitterness: 110IBU
Cost: RMB50 per 473-millimeter glass
Where to purchase: E.T., Evil Duck and (soon) NBeer (Shenzhen); Rozz-Tox and Tipsy (Guangzhou); Kapok (Foshan); Alien (Hong Kong)

6. Sassy Lassy


Brewer Leo Luo takes inspiration from the seasons when crafting new beers, and gave this light, fragrant brew a Chinese name meaning “flowers blooming in summer.” His American assistant found that a bit too poetic for the beer-drinking crowd and rechristened it with a name that’s proven as popular as this moderately balanced (45IBU) IPA. 

ABV: 6.5%
Bitterness: 45IBU
Cost: RMB40 per 500-milliliter glass
Where to purchase: Cheer Bar (Dongguan)

7. Paulaner Weissbier


Paulaner is known around the world for its premium quality wheat beer. In its Shenzhen brewery, brew masters from the venerable German brand use wheat malt in a unique yeast suspension process. The result is a slightly cloudy, consistent brew with abundant notes of banana and golden malt. 

ABV: 5.6%
Bitterness: 12IBU
Cost: RMB48 per 300-milliliter glass
Where to purchase: Paulaner Brauhaus (Shenzhen and Guangzhou)

8. Rich Kat Sesame Milk Stout


The Shenzhen-based brewers offer up a comforting dessert beer with this mild sud. It’s filling and not too boozy (4.0ABV), perfect for sipping at the end of a long day or after a light meal. The sesame flavor is not strongly pronounced, but produces a little sparkle on the tongue that balances the stout’s heaviness.

ABV: 4.0%
Bitterness: 17IBU
Cost: RMB40 per pint (American) 473 millimeters
Where to purchase: Evil Duck (Shenzhen)

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