Jing-A held a launch party for its Yunnan Coffee Imperial Stout, made with beans from 2016 charity partner Good Works, on November 18. Ten renminbi from each sale of this rich and flavorful beer goes to Maovember, and Jing-A also raised funds with rmb20 Jameson shots and a coffee bean counting game. On launch night alone, rmb1650 was raised, with more funds to be gathered as sales of that coffee stout continue. Jing-A also sold three Maovember pins on the night.
Migas followed up its Funk Fever mustache bash of 2014 and its charity brunch and porron competition in 2015 with some paddle and pijou power. This year event’s featured The Ping Pong Social Club in partnership with The Foxes Rock craft beer. Social ping pong involves a big group of people circling a table, with players gradually eliminated as they miss shots. With rmb700 from entry fees / donations and rmb3193 from drinks, this paddle-pijou powered event raised rmb3893 or 38,930 mao. Well-played.
Fresh off a charity liar’s dice tournament, Beer Mania offered an, ahem, heavy-duty prize on November 15 as it celebrated King’s Day with social group Belgians in Beijing. In short, one lucky guest was destined to win his or her weight in Omer beer from Belgium.
Ticket sales were fast and furious, totaling rmb2,760 by the time of the draw, won by Keith Robinson, who had bought more than rmb500 worth of tickets. He then turned around and auctioned off the beer for charity, raising a further rmb1,350. With rmb10 from every Omer beer sale also going to Maovember, totaling rmb580, that meant grand total of rmb4,690 or 46,900 mao. My guess is a lot of the winning beer, donated by Omer, was opened that very night!
And Beer Mania isn’t finished! Owner Thierry de Dobbeleer is holding a Shave / No Shave contest until the end of this month to determine the fate of his rather massive beard. You still have 10 days to donate to the “keep it” or “cut it” campaign at Beer Mania. And if you are wearing your Maovember pin, you’ll get a discount, even more if you also have pins from previous campaigns!
The Tiki Bungalow held its first Maovember event last year, a fun Magnum P.I.-inspired affair, and returned this year with another evening of action. Guests enjoyed Pina Colada shots, Hellfire shots or Bacardi Oakheart spiced rum shots at rmb20 each, with all proceeds to Maovember. They could also buy leis for rmb20 and by night’s end the packed bar was full of these colorful objects. Add the rhythmic music that defines Tiki Bungalow, and an enthusiastic crowd, and it was a good night, one that raised rmb1400 from shots, rmb400 from leis and rmb137 from donations, for a grand total of rmb1937 or 19,370 mao.
Fubar marked China’s annual “Singles Day” with a Find Your Match Party that included a card matching game at rmb10, roulette for shots at rmb20, and a draw for a 12-year-old bottle of Glenfiddich, with tickets at rmb20. Some proceeds from sales of beer and gin tonics also went to Maovember. The event raised rmb700 for this year’s campaign, with rmb500 from games and rmb200 from drinks.
The second annual Mystery Wine Party teamed nine niche suppliers for an afternoon of vino excitement in Beijing. This year’s event, held at Q Bar, featured wines from 1421, Australian Natural, Grape Wall, La Cava, Sommelier International, Lewine, Pasion, Ponty and Seina.
The fifty wines, hailing from Argentina, Australian, Chile, China, France and Spain, retail for rmb120 to rmb600 per bottle. The organizers gift-wrapped and sold each for a mere rmb100, with guests getting the thrill of unwrapping the bottles, discovering new grapes and regions, and sharing wines with their fellow imbibers.
Baozi-pizza specialists Baozza were on hand with four versions of their tasty baozi-pizza combos for rmb10 each. And there was a draw for a rmb2000 bottle of Chilean wine provided by La Cava.
All funds from the wine, baozza and the draw went to charity, raising a total of rmb6,840 or 68,400 mao. Thanks to George Zhou of Q Bar for hosting the event.
Nine craft brewers in five cities teamed up on November 4 for a night devoted to good beer and good causes. With 14 venues participating—in Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Tianjin and Wuhu—it was the most wide-ranging Maovember event so far.
Each venue donated rmb10 or more per beer sold to Maovember, with some doing activities that ranged from beer pong to trivia to draws. The event, known as Super Beers for Books, or perhaps more appropriately MaovemBEER, included Boxing Cat from Shanghai, WE Brewery from Tianjin, Shangri-La from Yunnan, Myth Monkey from Wuhu, and Arrow Factory, Dirty Duck Pub, Great Leap, Panda and Slow Boat from Beijing.
Most members of this year’s Maovember Steering Group were visiting the Beijing venues that night, grabbing beers like Panda Too Naive pale ale, Dirty Duck stout, Slow Boat raspberry pale ale, Great Leap cinnamon rock ale and Arrow Factory Back in Black stout. Meanwhile, customers and staff from all over China posted photos on social media.
This event raised rmb27,379 for charity from beers and games, including (in alphabetical order) from Arrow Factory (rmb1,829), Boxing Cat (3 venues: rmb8,100), WE Brewery (2 venues: rmb3,500), Shangri-La (rmb1,040) Myth Monkey (rmb80), Dirty Duck Pub (rmb2,000), Great Leap (3 venues: rmb5,000) Panda (rmb1,630) and Slow Boat (rmb4,280). That translates to a whopping 273,790 mao for Maovember and its 2016 partners Library Project and Good Works! Thanks to all of the venues and customers who supported this effort!
And check out these collages, one with photos from venues all over China and one from our pub crawl.
Maovember went mental mid-week as Q Mex held its third annual charity quiz on November 9. With quiz masters Jay and Reece at the helm, a full house of teams competed in six rounds of brain-teasers and raised money from entry fees, a draw for rmb500, rmb200 and rmb100 Q Mex gift certificates, and frozen margaritas. Our team, Maovember Reign, held second spot until one wrong answer in the final round cost us victory. Didn’t matter as the drinks, half-price nachos and draw made it a most excellent night. Thanks to Q Mex manager Lucy Li for hosting an event that raised rmb2139, including rmb1000 from the raffle and rmb1139 from entry fees, drinks and donations!