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We recently told you this in our September issue, but in case you missed it, Jing A is building a 60-seater taproom in the former Bar Veloce in 1949: The Hidden City, a revamped factory space that's also home to Okra and neighboring hot spots like The Local, Taco Bar, Janes and Hooch, and Home Plate Bar-B-Que. Although we hope this doesn't mean they'll abandon mobility via their notorious Keg Egg, we were excited to hear about more stationary plans for food and drink. Their soft opening isn't until mid-September, but our stomachs are already rumbling.

First, let's talk about the beer. Jing A's new space will offer 16 taps so that you can get the largest selection of their beer compared to anywhere else in the city. They also promise Beijing first-timer guest brews, as well as nitro taps, which we hear are all the rage in the craft beer scene. Nitro taps allow one to experience the creamier beer commonly associated with Irish brews like Guinness. In case you need further detail, here's a gem of an explanation from John Holl of Craftbeer.com:

"There is something poetic, almost romantic, about a freshly-poured pint of stout from a nitro tap. The cascading effect is mesmerizing; the waterfall of tiny bubbles slowly yielding to a dark brew with a fluffy, white head thick enough to float a bottle cap."

There you have it. Get it at Jing A's taproom.

For the food, Jing A is steering away from greasy pub grub, instead focusing on the more refined for their menu. They'll have a variety of local and imported snacks to pair with a variety of cheeses, including a selection from Le Fromager de Pekin, for DIY charcuterie and cheese boards. Collaborations are underway with the likes of Andy's Craft Sausages and Two Guys and a Pie, and from this, we can expect exclusive dishes that feature beer or spent grain.

Will it all be worthy of an A plus? Look here for more on the taproom when Jing A's soft opening is set.

Photos: Courtesy of Jing A


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