Slow Boat Brewery Taproom
Thinking of sampling some of Beijing’s best craft beers during your visit to the Chinese capital? The Slow Boat Brewery Taproom in the Dongcheng District is the place to start. Take a look at the day’s selection on the chalkboard – Slow Boat likes to experiment and mix the offerings up depending on the season – to pick your first brew to sample. The beers, all chemical and preservative free, come in bottles and on tap at this bijou brew pub. Small it may be, but beer-lovers happily rub shoulders at communal tables here to get a taste of beers like the Monkey’s Fist IPA, with its mango and pine notes, and the rich Sea Anchor Imperial Vanilla Stout, made with Madagascan vanilla pods.
The Slow Boat Brewery Taproom is not just known for its superlative brews, however, with the food menu getting its share of the acclaim as well. Its award-winning Fry Burger, in particular, is an exercise in the adage that simple is sometimes best, featuring a classic nothing-but-beef patty, cheese, and their signature aioli. And, of course, it comes with a side of their own beer-battered fries for good measure. There had to beer in there somewhere, right?
The American-style Sunday brunch (think: towers of French toast and brunch burritos), meanwhile, is a consistent crowd pleaser and features some of Beijing’s other leading artisanal producers, including Coffeeman Coffee and craft sausages from Beijing Bangers. And don’t be afraid to push the slow boat out and try something other than beer at brunch (although there is a bottomless option, should you feel so inclined). After all, even the Bloody Mary is made with a splash of their flagship brew, the darkly effervescent and grapefruity, Captain’s Pale Ale.