Chinese Craft Brewers Hop to a Different Tune.

By Mark Andrews

Sixth Tone. 28/10/2016

After years of imitation, domestic microbrewers are hoping to carve out their own distinctive niche.

Wang Rui, or “Geezer” as he’s known to his foreign friends, stood outside his craft brewery watching the flames consume years of hard work. It had all been going so well: Just three days earlier, he had received his brewer’s license, which had taken him about two years to obtain.

In April of last year, Wang’s phone rang while he was out celebrating with friends. It was the night watchman of the industrial park, bearing bad news: His microbrewery was on fire. Wang immediately rushed to the scene.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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