MaovemBEER | Beijing, Chengdu & Shanghai brewpubs team for a good cause


Call it MaovemBEER. Or BRAUvember. Even MaltVember. On Saturday, November 17, brewpubs in three cities will party for Maovember partners Library Project and Bread of Life Bakery. Here’s a quote, a recreation and a libation for each place!

Jing-A | 2 PM | Beijing

“A pickleback is a whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice. I suggest Tuhao Gold Pils after that.”—Emmy Andreasson

Recreation. A 2 PM pub quiz in Jing A’s (Pickle) Back Bar. Round winners get picklebacks, overall winners get merchandise, beer and vouchers. The 元100 fee per team of four goes to MVB. Sign up via WeChat at Emmy_Andreasson.

Libation. 元25 picklebacks all afternoon for MVB. And the first 25 brunch diners get a free beer.

Boxing Cat | 3-7 PM | Beijing

“Boxing Cat has four ways to help Maovember!”—Terry

Recreation: 元15 tickets to win merchandise and beer flights.

Libation: 300 ml pours of TKO IPA for 元20. Plus 25 beer flight tickets worth 元75 on sale for just 元25 (for use on visits after November 17). Plus a takeaway beer deal. All to support MVB.

Arrow Factory | All Day | Beijing

“We love a good beer sesh, especially when it’s for a good cause!”—Justin Culkin

Recreation. 元20 tickets for a draw that includes a 24-bottle case of Clone Easy Ale, an Arrow Factory T-shirt and a 元100 gift voucher.

Libation. 元5 from every beer sold on Saturday goes to charity, including the buy one, get one free select brew deal.

Nanmen | 9 PM | Chengdu

“Me and Sonny Gyalzur from Shangri-La Beer are partnering Yunnan and Sichuan for a good cause!”—Lordrew

Recreation. A beer pong tournament with a 元500 entry fee for MVB. Each team gets a free T-shirt, opener and beer from both Nanmen in Chengdu and Shangri-La in Yunnan.

Libation. One dedicated tap of Nanmen and of Shangri-La beer, with funds to MVB.

WE Brewery | 2 PM | Tianjin

“Social responsibility and fun can be harmonized via good beer.”—Steve Wang

Recreation. Use your arm for more than raising pints: join the WE corn toss tournament. Lots of prizes. And the 元500 entry fee goes to MVB.

Libation. A tab war with the highest bill to MVB. Plus a draw, with tickets at 元10.

Feelin’ Groovy | Schnapps Fest II


Groovy Schiller’s hosted its second Maovember Schnapps Fest on Sunday. Attendees could try eight schnapps from Germany and Austria with co-owner Johan Marchart and try their hand at a darts challenge by Jack Zhou and Maovember steering group member Paul Rochon. The night raised 元1410, including 元450 from the tasting and 元960 from the games. Here are a few photos:

Woohoo Hulu | Terrace party set for Friday


Casual fine dining venue Hulu will host a Maovember winter warm-up party, with three drinks and a free flow of canapes for just 元150, all proceeds to Maovember.

Along with tasty bites, mulled wine and four craft draft beer options—and heated areas for those who get too chilled out or forget their winter coats—there will be a ‘hulu hoops’ ring toss with prizes from Wine Republic and The Cider Guy. Plus Maovember macaroons by The 3D Food Company.

Hulu owner Ignace Lecleir is also donating one mao for each rmb spent in the restaurant November 16, 17 and 18.


Husker do! WE Brewery plans corn toss tourney for Tianjin


WE Brewery put Tianjin on the Maovember map and is back again this year. Along with organizing events in his pub’s home city, owner Steve Wang donated beer and entered a team in the annual Irish Volunteer charity corn toss tourney in Beijing last year.

This year, Wang is doing a tournament of his own as well as a “tab war” among his customers. So far, six teams have signed up: Cornholios, Dublin Restaurant, JLL, MOT (Mayors’ Office of Tianjin, Taylor Printing Company and Wellington College International Tianjin. They’ll play not only for pride but also prizes from Shangri-La Hotel, Fish & Potato Co., WE Brewery and more.

Want to join? Check out the We Brewery event post here!

Feelin’ Groovy? Schnapps Fest II set for November 11


Schnapps til you drops! After last year’s successful Maovember fundraiser, Groovy Schiller’s is back with Schnapps Fest II.

Get seven Schnapps plus finger foods for just 元150. Last year’s lineup included tipples from Germany, Austria and Switzerland, many of them hand-carried to China and explained by Johan Marchart and Jack Zhou. Expect a few games of darts for charity, too. Use the QR code in the poster to register.


How ’bout them apples? MulledVember features hot cider, Guy Fawkes, funk music


Maovember met mulled cider, funk music and Guy Fawkes on Sunday as The Cider Guy organized a fundraiser. Add toffee apples, a giant burger, a scary Fawkes doll and a few rounds of tequila, and the event, dubbed MulledVember, was a fun way to wrap up the weekend.

The mulled cider featured two Orchard Pig selections, Hogfather and Ginger & Chili, plus a secret mix of spices by Mike Kessler aka The Cider Guy, with CHEERS providing the heating unit.

DJs Dead Rabbit and Bill provided music, with the latter closing the event with a long set that spanned three decades and had everyone dancing.

This year’s MulledVember was held in the back room at V Sports, which sponsored the space, and raised 元1500 for 2018 charity partners Bread of Life and Library Project.

Puppy power | Dozens of canines support Dog Pub Crawl II


From black to white, big to small, energetic to relaxed, dozens of canines took to Beijing’s streets on Saturday for the second annual Dog Pub Crawl (gallery below). There were even a few humans with dog-themed looks thanks to Stefan Schuppisser and his lacrosse friends!

People and pooches gathered at De Refter, then headed to XL Bar & Restaurant, Jing-A Brewpub and Paddy O’Shea’s. At each stop, the humans got a beer, cider or mulled drink while dogs got snacks from Dan Christensen of Penny’s.

De Refter owners Thomas Salou and Clement Rol got the pub crawl started with Belgian beers and English ciders for the humans while Penny’s snacks were handed out. Fellow De Refter owner Edouard Simon started Dog Pub Crawl last year.

The pack then headed to XL where owner Jane Cui had a potent mulled wine for two-legged friends and a water stand for four-legged ones.

The third stop was Jing-A Brewpub. Emmy Andréasson prepared an “open bar” for the dogs and gave the humans a choice of four beers.

And the final, ahem, leg of the course was Paddy O’Sheas. Everyone relaxed with mulled cider by Paul Rochon while the dogs had a bit more time with their new-found friends.

With more than 30 dogs in action, the event raised 元3,950 for Maovember..

Maovember pin buyers on the day included Andrew Schorr, Colin Chan, Professor White and Dan Christensen. Here are some photos, with more to come. You can also check out last year’s Dog Pub Crawl here.

FTP (For the Pin)! Maovember kicks off with XL-ent party


The sixth annual Maovember mission launched last Thursday with a night of fun at XL Bar & Restaurant. Supporters picked up their 2018 pins, joined a darts challenge with co-organizer Paul Rochon, ate carrot cake from 2018 partner Bread of Life and enjoyed drinks and food by Jane Cui and her team. John Bison of Bread of Life brought the delivery vehicle, festooned with mustaches, that Maovember funded with the 2017 campaign.

The party went until after midnight and raised 元480 from darts and 元430 from carrot cake. XL owner Jane Cui then donated 元4514.50 from the night and brought the total to 元5424.50.

There were also 元2650 in pin sales during the party and 元1500 in donations, including ahead of the launch. By the time the first day of Maovember ended, this year’s fundraising total stood at 元9574.50.

Thanks to all those initial donors, including Sue Zhou, Patrick Lin, Sarah Peel, Dustin Merrett, Mathieu Herout, and John and Heidi Bison. And to the many pin buyers, like Randy Svendsen, Richard Parsley, Crystal Lee, Arto Toppi, Steve Soulsby, Geert Janssen, Dan Cowen, Troy May, Sami Lantela, Jennifer Sachs, David Schaumann, Toby, Michael Wix, Rob Meagher, Chen Chao, Michael Kessler, Eppi Okwama, Rod Johnson, Fred The One & Only, Converse Dan, The Rose of Beijing, Julian Fisher, Jedi John, Tim Hill, Dayana, Dan Dan, Griff Haty, Big Ben, Cindy Wei, Anna Lin Yip, Claudia Masueger, Mike Wester, Stefan Schuppisser and Andres Vargas, plus Paul Rochon and Paddy O’Shea’s with a package of ten. Thanks also to Mike Wester of The Beijinger for printing this year’s materials, to Andres Vargas for designing this year’s pin and to Claudia Masueger of CHEERS for producing the pins.