I mustache you a question | Q Mex holds fifth pub quiz


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.

Woohoo Hulu | Terrace party this year’s most ‘chill’ event


Dozens of Maovember supporters braved the winter cold on Friday for a terrace party at Hulu restaurant in Sanlitun South. With temperatures dipping below zero, the mulled wine, made on the spot in a fiery display, was a popular choice.

Guests enjoyed a steady flow of snacks, including sliders, risotto and pate, plus Maovember macaroons donated by The 3D Food Company. They could also participate in a draw to win Tim Adams Semillon and Oakridge Cabernet sponsored by The Wine Republic and four kinds of Orchard Pig cider sponsored by The Cider Guy.

Overall, the event raised 元3,650 from attendance fees, 元700 from the draw and 元9,217 from food donations, for a total of 元13,567. Thanks to Ignace Lecleir and the Hulu team for this year’s most “chill” party!

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.