How to Drink Beer in Mandarin – Book Review

Have you ever dreamed of going to China on holiday and enjoy good beer?  Are you originally from China and have gotten a taste for Craft Beer abroad?


There is finally a book designed to help you!  Rick Green a writer from Vancouver, BC Canada has written “How to Drink Beer in Mandarin” An English-Chinese Craft Beer Glossary.

Drinking good beer has not always been easy in Asia as Macro Beer brands have been the dominant choice much like North America. Luckily times are changing world wide including in China. This book has a list of every Brewery, Brew Pud and German Beer Hall currently open in China (there is also a mailing list to get updates on new breweries).


Where this book really excels though is in its deeper information into the Chinese words that pertain to Craft Beer and the culture surrounding drinking in China.

If you want to find Craft Beer it is important to know it is translated to this for example.

craft beer
jīngniàng píjiǔ 精酿啤酒

Do you want an IPA?

India pale ale (IPA)
yìndù dànsè àiěr 印度淡色艾尔

The list of words is quite large and really covers anything you would need to know to get the beer you want and some of the phrasing to use to get it.

The book also gets deep into the culture of beer drinking and culture of eating and drinking in a group. Chinese culture is much different than other places in the world and it can be important to know that.

Rick has also laid out a great list of other books, apps and videos to help you plan and enjoy your trip.

I really recommend picking up this ebook for you or anyone you know that is looking to travel to China and enjoys a good beer!

To purchase this book click the link below.

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Sourley Wine – brekeriet beer

From brekeriet beer out of Landskrona Sweden comes their “Sourley Wine” a sour Barleywine. The beer pours a cloudy brown red with a tan head. The aroma consists of dark fruits, sweetness and some mild funk. The flavour is of sour cherry, dark fruits, toffee malts, wood, apple cider vinegar, red wine and some brown sugar. The alcohol content comes in at 11%. I love Barleywines and I love sour beers and this takes the cake. Why not blend two amazing styles into one super beer? 

Commercial Description:  Brekeriet Sourley Wine is a double mash sour barley wine fermented in Niepoort barrels with several wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria strains. 


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German Winter Ale – Twin Sails Brewing

From Twin Sails Brewing in Port Moody comes their “German Winter Ale”.  The beer pours a deep chestnut brown colour with a light brown head. The aroma is of mild roasted malts, nuts and maybe a hint of chocolate but it is fairly subdued. The flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, nuts, caramel and some earth.   The alcohol content comes in at 5.8% with an IBU of 25. While the beer has a mild flavour it is quite tasty and could be consumed glass after glass.


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Flight of the Angry Beast – Clown Shoes Beer

From Ipswich Massachusetts Clown Shoes Beer (contract brewed currently by Mercury Brewing Company) comes their limited release the “Fight of the Angry Beast”. The beer is a blend of 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidgragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. The beer pours an opaque black with a lighter brown head. The aroma consists of Bourbon, roasted malts, chocolate and maybe anise. The flavour is of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, Bourbon, toffee, dark fruits, earth and bitterness. There is an alcohol burn for sure as would be expected. This beer starts with a definite Imperial Stout base but as it warms up it takes more and more like a barley wine. The alcohol content comes in at 10.75%. This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever had. I would but tons of this beer if I could afford to but sadly it is fairly expensive. This is a serious hit! 

Commercial Description:  Available October 2015.  For the fourth installment in our “Beast” series, Sir Walter Scott has finally tamed the creature, who was about to attack a group of innocent unicorns. To celebrate, we blended 1/3 Undead Party Crasher aged in bourbon barrels, 1/3 Blaecorn Unidgragon aged in scotch barrels and 1/3 Billionaire aged in scotch barrels. Hooray!



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La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour Ale – Breakside Brewery


From Portland, Oregon Breakside Brewery has produced their La Tormenta Dry Hopped Sour Ale.

La Tormenta pours a nice, hazy yellow-orange that almost glows when held up to light.  The head is a stiff white foam with good lasting power.

The nose is all about the sour orange citric acid.  It smells great, thought it is a bit one-note.

The nuance of the flavours is where this beer really shines, right up front there is sour orange with great funky farmhouse flavours right underneath.  Outside of the citric acidity there is a more red wine vinegar acidity that slowly creeps up on the palate that is accompanied by a musty flavour.  A really nice, complex set of flavours are at play and it is worth sipping and contemplating.

Overall a nice sipper.

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