Third edition serves up twice the number of brewers over last year. By Jethro Kang.

China’s 2017 booze fest calendar is about to get underway and first up is the Beijing Invitational Craft Beer Festival on March 10 to 12. Taking place once again at TRB Copper, the third edition sees more than twice the number of breweries participating over 2016.

This year’s instalment will feature more than 130 beers from over 35 brewers – compared to 16 last year – from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Europe and Greater China. Sample wares from Lakefront Brewery, Last Name Brewing and New Holland Brewing from America, Hallertau Brewing and Birkenhead Brewing from New Zealand, Kaijiu Beer from Australia, Oedipus Brewing from the Netherlands, Lervig Aktiebryggeri from Norway, and Taihu Brewing from Taiwan.

Other familiar faces include Baird from Japan, 8 Wired and Yeastie Boys in New Zealand, Mikkeller from Denmark and Boxing Cat and Chengdu Harvest from China.

Many of these breweries at the festival will also be fronted either by a founder, brewmaster or someone from the brand, and many of their beers will be making their local debut.

BICBF 2016

The festival is divided into seven two-hour sessions with each session limited to 240 people. Tickets cost ¥350 per person that gets you a 150ml glass for indulging in as much free-flow beer as you can. Additionally, there’s a five-course brunch (¥650) to book into on Sunday, March 12 paired with limited edition beers.

Tickets can be purchased at all Great Leap locations and For more information, contact


TRB Copper / No13 Compound, Nafu Hutong, Beijing, Dongcheng District / +86 10 8400 2232