The annual Maovember campaign teams restaurants, bars, vendors and customers for good causes. See our 2018 event list. Our 2018 partners are Bread of Life Bakery and Library Project. Learn more here and how to help here.
The Maovember closing party at Paddy O’Shea’s is a fun annual tradition and this year was no exception. The party featured Jameson pickleback shots inside and hockey shots outside courtesy of the Beijing International Ice Hockey guys, two bands, The Reprobates and The Soops, and a draw in which everyone who bought a pin won a prize, including bottles of wine, Paddy O’Shea’s merchandise, and more.
The pickleback bar, games and donations raised 元2226. The draw, in which everyone bought a pin, raised 元1500. That meant 元3726 and a nice addition to this year’s Maovember total.
Shanghai got into the Maovember spirit with a “Sip and Shave” event last Sunday. One of two “hair of the dog” Maovember events, and organized by Pilou, it brought together The Rooster and Homie Barbershop for some beers and beards fun. Patrons could opt for a beer, a trim and a Maovember pin for 元100 or just go for the beer and pin at 元50. By the time the sipping and shaving finished, the event raised 元1100.
For a second straight year, SantaCon teamed with Maovember for a “hair of the dog” event. Dozens of Santas, elves and other North Pole denizens took to Beijing’s streets on December 1 for a pub crawl that began before noon and lasted deep into the night.
Sales of Santa suits—just 元50 each!—were donated to charity and raised 元2050. Sales of mulled Orchard Pig cider at one of the many stops, Paddy O’Shea’s, also went to charity and raised 元1500. That meant a grand total of 元3550 and a nice early Christmas present for Maovember and its partners Bread of Life Bakery and The Library Project. Check out some of this year’s photos below and some of last year’s at this link.
The annual closing party at Paddy O’Shea’s is always a Maovember highlight: expect this year to be no different. The party will feature two bands, The Reprobates and The Soops, plus a Jameson pickleback bar, a raffle, a BIIH hockey shootout with Orchard Pig cider as prizes, and the Just Dance dancers (just dancing). Representatives from this year’s partners, Bread of Life and Library Project, will be on hand, and there is always the usual Paddy O’Shenanigans. Starts at 7:30 PM: see you there! You can check out the action from last year here.
MaovemBEER 2018 saw five brewpubs in three cities—Beijing, Chengdu and Tianjin—team up for good causes on November 17! The idea was for each venue to have a beer deal and a game. Here is a wrap up for each place, in alphabetical order.
Arrow Factory donated 元5 for each beer sold that day, including the buy one, get one free select brew deal. There was also a draw for a 24-bottle case of Clone Easy Ale, an Arrow Factory T-shirt and a 元100 gift voucher, with tickets at 元20 each. The event raised 元720, reports AF’s Justin Culkin.
Boxing Cat featured 300 ml pours of TKO IPA for 元20 at its new bar and restaurant in Beijing. It also held a draw for merchandise and beer flights with tickets at 元15 each. All in all the event raised 元845, reports Boxing Cat’s Terry.
Jing-A held a pub quiz in the Back Bar, with round winners getting picklebacks and overall winners getting merchandise and more. Plus, picklebacks were sold at 元25 for charity. The total raised was 元525, reports Emmy Andreasen.
Lordrew and Sonny Gyalzur, from Nanmen and Shangri-La Beer respectively, teamed up to host a beer pong tournament. The 元500 entry fee got teams free T-shirts, openers and beers from both breweries. Each brewery also had a dedicated tap, with all proceeds to charity. The total raised was 元6600, with 元3000 from team fees and 元3600 from beer sales, reports Lordrew.
And last, but certainly not least, WE Brewery held a corn toss tournament, with a 元500 entry fee that opened the door for plenty of prizes for players. WE also had a “tab war”, with the highest bill going MVB to, and a draw, with tickets at 元10. The event raised 元16,000, including 元3500 from team fees, 元4000 from draw tickets, 元5629 from the “tab war” and 元2871 from donations, reports Steve Wang.
As Wang put it, “Social responsibility and fun can be harmonized via good beer.”
Maovember headed to the hutongs last Saturday for a three-pub crawl, with drinks and snacks at each stop.
The festivities started at Cafe de la Poste, which also hosted Maovember wine events in 2015 and 2016. Manager Daulet Issabekov greeted pub crawlers with mulled wine, a choice of bruschettas and coffee shots.
The group then headed to The Great Outdoors, led by a mobile mulled wine unit! Once there, they settled down for craft beer, French fries and popcorn chicken with Paul Peng. Many participants headed to the rooftop for views of the surrounding hutongs.
Then it was on to the final stop—Side Street—which meant weaving through, ahem, plenty of side streets. Any chilliness was soon offset at Side Street with mulled cider and snacks, including Buffalo chicken, courtesy of Uday Phalgun.
While the group was modest in size, it had a good deal of fun, and rmb650 was raised for Maovember.
Caravan held its third annual ‘Mao’roccan’ Thanksgiving meal last Thursday. This four-course turkey dinner with Moroccan twists by owner Badr Benjelloun included a harvest salad, smoked cranberry butter squash soup and turkey platter, followed by carrot cake from Bread of Life, one of this year’s Maovember partners. The meal, with two seatings, cost 元150 prepaid or 元200 at the door, all proceeds to Maovember. In the end, it raised 元7000 for Maovember! Check out the Mao’roccan Thanksgiving dinners in 2016 and 2017.
Q Mex kept a Maovember tradition going by holding its fifth annual charity pub quiz last Wednesday. Quiz masters Stuart and Scarlett teased participants’ brains with five rounds of questions, presented in Mandarin and English, while Q Mex teased their stomachs and livers with tasty food and drinks. The event ended in a two-way tie, and a chug off, for the second year in a row. The Maovember team, led by Paul Rochon, ended up with a fifth place finish!
Twelve teams donated 元100 to be part of the Maovember effort, for a total of 元1200. A further 元1290 was raised via drink sales and donations. Overall, the event raised 元2490. Thanks to Stefan Schober, Lucy Li and the team at Q Mex.