Forty+ Taphouse's Chaowai a little out of the way location, tucked away on the first floor at the east side of Chaowaimen Compound, makes it tricky to find but also isolates it from surrounding noise. It also boasts an al fresco drinking area surrounded by kegs, but the real draw here is in the name, with the bar stocking more that 40 beers on tap, including some of their own making, some from domestic breweries, and others imported.
The eight brews from 40+'s brewery in Fengtai, include a Gentleman Weizenbier (4.5 percent ABV), Amigo Light Ale (5.1 percent ABV), Buddy Dunkel (5 percent ABV), Rock n’ Roll Stout (6.5 percent ABV), Pepper Stout (8 percent ABV), Trance Angel IPA (6.5 percent ABV), and Maomao Cider (5.3 percent ABV). A flight of four beers brews costs RMB 88.
As for the domestic varieties, there's beer from Harvest, Jing-A, Urbrau, NBeer, and Boxing Cat, all at RMB 45 a pint. The list of imports is rather fabulous, and includes Rogue 7 Hop IPA, Aftermouth IPA from Black Market (RMB 45), Lupulingus IIPA (9 percent, only RMB 68) and Armageddon IPA (6.7 percent ABV) both from Epic, Undercover IPA, Breakfast Stout from Founders, Hop Fiction Pale Ale from Brewdog (RMB 55), and several from Ballast Point.
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User reviews of Forty+ Taphouse 40+精酿啤酒餐吧俱乐部
Visited 40+ last night for a session and was quite impressed with its showing, especially considering the place is still in its early days.
The interior of this spot is among the most well-appointed I have seen in a bar in Beijing. Scattered with very comfortable chairs and ample seating space, well-decorated, and including pool/foosball tables, I can see 40+ being a great place to get together a larger group of friends that would likely be overwhelming to host in a location like Great Leap or Slowboat on a weekend.
I generally agree with TBH that their in-house brews are nothing to write home about, but I think the Trance Angel IPA is quite good if a bit on the bland side, with a citrusy pallet that is pleasant but not complex enough to make it a ground-breaking brew.
But 40+ really shines with their imported taps, with several options that are impossible to find outside of bottles here in Beijing.
I did not try the food so I cannot comment on that, but given that the place is new, I would have slightly tempered expectations on that front.
The location is a bit hard to find the first time. The best way to get there is to go from the entrance of Utown mall that includes the starbucks and dunkin donuts. From there, cross the street at the traffic light and walk all the way to the end of the row of shops on the right that includes a malatang place and a dumpling shop. Turn right and keep walking, you will see 40+ on the right. The first door on the right leads behind the bar area and is usually locked. The second door is used as the entrance.
Beijingers, let's keep this place open! With the usual suspects being more and more crowded at peak times, we need all the options we can get, and 40+ has the potential to shape up as a great one!