The 2nd Annual Beijing Craft Beer Festival is quickly approaching. Set for Friday (Sep 25) and Saturday (Sep 26), from 5-10pm and 12-10pm, respectively, the entire outside area at EAST Beijing will be transformed into festival grounds with craft beer from all over China, and food to match.

Beer vendors have now been confirmed and include: 18 Brewery (Wuhan), Amoy Brau (Xiamen), Arrow Factory Brewing (Beijing), Bad Monkey (Dali), Beijing Homebrewing Society (Beijing), Bionic Brew (Shenzhen), Boxing Cat Brewery (Shanghai), Calvin Beer Company (Hefei), Chengdu Harvest Brewing Co (Chengdu), Great Leap Brewing (Beijing), Jing A Brewing (Beijing), Nanjing Craft beer Co (Nanjing), NB Craft Brewing Company (Beijing), Slow Boat Brewery (Beijing), and Strong Ale Works (Qingdao).

As for food, it seems like some of Beijing's most popular bites will be around; Andy's Craft Sausages, Biteapitta, Hagaki, Home Plate BBQ, and Xian are all confirmed.

At their kick-off event, we got a taste of the dishes that Xian will be serving, all made specifically for the beer festival by EAST Chef Rob Cunningham to ensure beer compatibility. Look out for the pork tonkatsu burger; a delicious pork cutlet burger inspired by Japanese tonkatsu, with fresh shredded lettuce, mayonnaise, and the traditional sweet and savory sauce.

Seafood plays a big role in the creations; there were thai style salmon cakes, and soft shell crab in a lettuce cup. Both playing on the fresh flavors of the sea with Asian influences, adding that extra deep-fried crust to soak up beer. 

When you do get to the festival, also be on the look out for Xian's cheeseburger spring rolls, the thought of which shocked at first, but in hindsight are probably the most genius idea ever.

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