Tianjin Corn Toss: ‘6666: The Number of the WEast’


The annual WE Brewery corn toss tournament has become one of the most anticipated Maovember events. And this year is shaping up to be even more a-maize-ing because a) it will be held Halloween (HalloWEen?) weekend and b) a secret donor already has the ball rolling er, bag tossing.

That donation of RMB 6,666–the number of the WEast!–is to be split three ways: 2,222 goes to the corn toss winners, 2,222 goes to the best-dressed team and 2,222 goes to Maovember.

That’s even more incentive to get a group of well-dressed corn-tossing friends together on October 30 to share some drinks and toss some corn.

As usual, every mao of the RMB500 entry fee per team goes to Maovember. Also as usual, the event will include a “tab war” — the table that buys the most booze will see its bill donated to Maovember. Plus, a raffle with some sweet prizes.

Kudos to Steve Wang of WE Brewery for hosting this excellent event each year. And for helping us kick off Maovember 2021!

If you’re interested in joining the tournament, as a player or spectator, or if you want more details about Maovember, give us a shout (add ‘beijingboyce’ on WeChat or email nihao (at) maovember.com).

Here are some photos from Tianjin parties past, including last year’s contest!

8th annual Maovember is on


The eight edition of Maovember, an annual month-long mission teaming restaurants, bars, vendors and consumers for fun events and good causes, is underway. Despite a tough 2020, the pieces are falling together, with classic Maovember events lined up as well as some fresh new features.

This year’s partner once again The Library Project, which has furnished reading rooms in more than 2500 schools in rural China. Here is a look at the events slate so far, with more to come.

November 2-3

Did you ever lose something on a wild and crazy night at Paddy O’Shea’s? Perhaps a scarf? A left shoe? Your luggage? Even your dignity (drum roll)?

Irish pub Paddy O’Shea’s did an annual winter cleaning of its extensive ‘lost & found’ inventory, selling off excess holdings and donating proceeds to Maovember.

November 7

Tianjin’s corniest event is on again: the WE Brewery Maovember Corn Toss Tourney hosted by owner / beer maker Steve ‘Husker Do’ Wang.

Corn toss takes two minutes to learn and delivers a lifetime of fun. And even if you aren’t on a team, you can still come out, enjoy tasty WE beer and burgers, and catch the action. Starting at 3 PM.

Check out last year’s event here.

November 8 SOLD OUT

Ladies and gentlemen, start your (dog’s) engine! Dog Pub Crawl 2020 has five stops — two more than last year. And if you don’t have a dog, you can still join, hang out with all the canines and enjoy the drinks deal.

RSVP is essential! We’ll start at 2 PM near Xindong Road and have a raffle at each bar, with gifts and surprises from CHEERS, Hulu and Kakikopi plus venue sponsors Jing-A, Paddy O’Shea’s, Pi Bar, Prodigy Brewing and XL Bar & Restaurant.

Check out last year’s event here.

November 15

Feuerzangenbowle-what!? The four-stop Maovember Mulled Wine Tour by CHEERS kicks off with this treat that sees rum-soaked sugar bread set on fire so it drips into and sweetens the wine. Good times!

The tour starts near Chaoyang Park and ends near Workers Stadium with fun games, cool prizes and piping hot mulled wine aka gluehwein at each stop. The fee is rmb88 per person, with all proceeds to The Library Project. Details soon on how to sign up.

November 27

The annual Paddy O’Shea’s Maovember party is always a blast and this year should be no different. Expect the trademark pickleback booth, but with a twist, as we’ll feature celebrity chef pickle juices. There will also be corn toss and a darts challenge, the “pay Mr DJ” option, where you can get your song aired for a donation, mustache drawing, a raffle, and more.

November 28

Malaysia becomes Mao-laysian? Expect a pair of food and wine events this day that highlights the people and cuisine of Malaysia. Details to come on this exciting project!

Event | Sip ‘n’ Shave at The Rooster Shanghai


Shanghai friends, get into the Maovember spirit this December 1–and get a shave, too!

The Rooster will once again hold a “sip ‘n’ shave’ event to raise funds for Maovember and 2019 partner The Library Project.

Get your facial hair in order with a trim or shave by Doc’s Barber Shop, plus a beer and a Maovember pin, all for rmb100, with 100% of proceeds to Library Project.

Lack a beard / stache, or like it just the way it is? You can still get a beer and a pin for rmb50, again with all proceeds to Library Project.

That’s December 1, from 2 PM to 6 PM, at The Rooster. More details at this link.

Event: Charity Cornhole Classic at Irish Volunteer


Keeping a tradition going since the very first Maovember in 2013, The Irish Volunteer @ Buddy’s will hold yet another charity cornhole classic. This event will be hosted by the Beijing International Ice Hockey guys.

For those unfamiliar with cornhole, it takes about 30 seconds to learn and is highly addictive. It basically consists of tossing 400-gram bags of corn at a hole 8 meters away.

This year’s event will feature 16 teams of two or more people. The entry fee is rmb200 per team and includes two welcome shooters, two raffle tickets, two Maovember pins and, if you win, some sweet prizes. 100% of the fees go to The Library Project.

You can even show up early to practice–Irish Volunteer will open four hours before the tournament starts at noon.

The event will also include a raffle with dozens of prizes, cold 15-kuai Tsingtao all day long, and more. If you want to sign up or get more info, use this QR code to join the charity cornhole classic group.

Here are some photos from events past:

Event | Anuual MVB party at Paddy O’Shea’s


The annual Maovember party at Paddy O’Shea’s aka Paddy maO’Shea’s is set for November 29. Expect lots of Friday fun with a few new twists.

As usual, we’ll have the Jameson pickleback booth, the “darts for charity” game and the presentation of a cheque to Tom Stader, founder of Maovember’s 2019 partner, The Library Project.

This year, there will also be a raffle, a chance to “buy a song” from the live bands playing, and a booth where those without ‘staches can get one painted on! Plus a few more surprises. The party starts at 9 PM!

Here are a few photos from previous Paddy MVB parties.

Event | WE Brewery corn toss tourney in Tianjin


WE Brewery is Maovember HQ in Tianjin with its annual corn toss extravaganza and this one will the biggest yet. The slate is already full with 16 teams signed up, including numerous returnees. Expect a busy afternoon of corn tossing to narrow that field down to one winner.

Owner Steve Wang is also doing a repeat of his “tab war” fundraiser — the team or table with the highest bar tab at day’s end will see their bill donated to this year’s Maovember partner, The Library Project.

On top of that, Wang has organized an impressive range of raffle prizes, including hotel, restaurant and even salsa dancing vouchers. The donors include Shangri-La Hotel, O’Mahony’s Irish Pub, Fish and Potato (Joy City), Mi Salsa and WE Brewery.

It’s shaping up to be a fun afternoon in Tianjin. You can see WE Brewery’s post about the event here.

WE Brewery has been a long-time supporter of Maovember and that even includes bringing its beer to Beijing!

Life of Pie | Beijinger Pizza Cup Mow Down at Groovy Schiller’s


Note: This event is RSVP only. No tickets at the door.

Beijing pizza fans! Restaurant and bar Groovy Schiller’s, The Beijinger and Maovember are teaming up for a five-venue five-slice charity pizza mow down.

Get one slice each from all four of Beijinger’s Pizza Cup finalists: Bottega, Q Mex, Saporita and Great Leap. Plus a slice and a beer from event host Groovy Schiller’s. Plus a free raffle ticket to win a case of Jing-A beer.

Five slices, a beer and a ticket for just 100 kuai, with 100 percent of funds going to Maovember partner The Library Project.

24 seats. Groovy Schiller’s. Thursday at 7 PM. RSVP ESSENTIAL. Get your ticket at this link before they run out.

Walk Stars | Join the 42-km ‘Mao-a-Thon’ This Saturday


Do you consider yourself a walk star? Then sign up for our 42-km “mao-a-thon” this Saturday. It’s a walk in the park. Ritan Park.

The mao-a-thon is inspired by Mike Wester and his Maovember 2017 feat of walking 900 km in 30 days. This time around it’ll just be one day and 42 km / 28 laps of the park.

How to participate? Find some sponsors! They could sponsor you for say 1 kuai or 2 kuai or 5 kuai or [insert amount here] per km. If they sponsor you 1 kuai and you finish the 42 km circuit, you collect 42 kuai, with 100 percent going to our partner The Library Project, which has furnished over 2,000 libraries in rural schools.

We also have several relay teams. For example, four people each take turns walking, which means about 10.5 km per person. That also means four times as many people getting sponsors!

If you’re interested in joining the walk, please contact us via nihao (at) maovember.com or use this QR code to join our dedicated WeChat group.

Finally, here are some photos of Mike Wester’s epic one-day 70-km walk in Ritan Park two years ago. I hope the weather is this nice on Saturday!