The Third Beijing Craft Beer Festival, set for June 6-7, will return to Galaxy SOHO again this year, shifting from its originally scheduled location of Wangjing SOHO, organizers told the Beijinger Thursday night.

"After consultation with SOHO, we decided to hold the event at Galaxy SOHO for a second consecutive year. We hope beer fans in Wangjing will still make the trip. We loved Galaxy SOHO in 2013 and we're very happy the Festival is returning to this central and convenient location," Carl Setzer, co-founder and brewmaster of Great Leap Brewing and co-organizer of the event, told the Beijinger via WeChat.

Galaxy SOHO, at the southeast corner of Dongsi Bridge, was a popular venue for events in 2013, including the Beijinger 2013 Reader Bar and Club Awards and the Second Beijing Craft Beer Festival. However, the choice was not without controversy. Beer festival organizers were originally told by a SOHO representative that a planned booth for the Beijing LGBT Center wouldn't "match our architecture." Management later welcomed the festival and apologized for the remark. The first Beijing Craft Beer Festival was held in Dashilanr.

At least 10 breweries from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan (but we repeat ourselves) will be participating, along with 10 local Beijing food vendors, Great Leap said. Admission will be free, Along with beer and victuals, expect a bouncy castle and live music.

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