Located in Shangdi, Dongli Brewery serves German-style dishes and seven micro-brews, such as Baiyilu wheat, imperial stout, dongli IPA, lager, pale ale, and amber ale (RMB 30-45). A flight of four costs RMB 50.
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User reviews of Dongli Brewery 东里手工啤酒
I really wanted to like this place because it is in a convenient location to me, much easier than heading across town to Arrow Factory or Jing A.
It actually appears to be an restaurant primarily, rather than a 'brewpub' - we were directed to a table for two and placemats and condiments put in front of us, and I had to explain that we just wanted to drink.
We tried to order two sampler flights of four beers with little success. Half the beers on the menu were "mei you". My mate gave up and just ordered an IPA. I persevered and managed to find four beers that were actually available. It would be helpful, by the way, if places like this just used a chalkboard to show which beers were actually available instead of having an extensive menu of "mei yous". I thought I had finally solved the issue, then the waitress came back with the menu and pointed at one I had ordered and said "zhege - mei you".
My mate's IPA (a British beer, traditionally) arrived in a British style pint glass, but it was far from full to the top and about 20% of the contents of the glass were foam and air. Maybe this is a Chinese-style 'Cha bu duo' IPA - I didn't want to look at the menu again to find out, though. Eventually the flight arrived with an IPA, a wheat beer and two 'Pilsen's that I think were identical. Admittedly the IPA was quite good (7/10). The other beers were just inoffensive.
On a nearby table, 5 hammered locals slept on the table, waking up briefly to talk at 200 decibels and light and half smoke cigarettes (indoors), and no-one seemed to care. This is worth mentioning as it would ruin the ambience for some regular Beijinger readers, but if a place is serving strong alcohol (in annoying and irregular quantities), you've probably got to expect some of that.
They managed to present us with a bill for 6 drinks and a flight at the end of the night (so, 7 items total) which was weird because there were 2 of us who had been matching each other round for round. We asked them to take one of the items off the bill, but they insisted it was ours. The waitresses seemed a bit simple but cute and largely responsive, which is what I generally look for in a woman, so we just paid rather than be a pain.
My friends and I were having a good time outside the 5th ring road and the restaurant we were at was shutting down. We decided to give Dongli Brew Pub a try to keep the party going. After a short cab ride, we got a table and were told that if we scan a QR code, we might win a prize. We all got discounts on our beer with one lucky SOB getting a free beer. Additionally, we all won a coupon for two free beers if we return the next day.
There is a variety of ales, porters, IPAs, and lagers on the menu. I had low expectations, but the beer was suprisingly good. I sampled 8 beers for 100 RMB. Some were easy drinking wheat beers. Some were nutty, flavorful ales. Some were dark, and malty. A good, tasty variety.
The brewing equipment is on display ala Great Leap or Panda Brewing and the bar is clean and spacious.
We didn't try the food, but sausages seem to be the focus of the menu.
I was disapointed that there were no mixed drinks for one of us that prefers cocktails, but one can hardly fault a tap room for focusing on beer.
Dispite the listing, the bar is located in Shangdi. It a teastement to how fast and how far craft beer is growing in Beijing. There's nothing like it in that area, so if you are in Shangdi on business or visiting pengyou s, it's a solid place to keep drinking until 1 am.