We’ve got some exciting news for all you craft beer aficionados out there! Not content to merely deliver craft and import beer from our Beverage Store and tasty craft options from our partner restaurants like Great Leap Brewing, Boxing Cat Brewery, and Slow Boat Brewery, we’ve decided to team up with an American contract brewery to set up very own production site in China and brew a line up of Chinese-themed beers.
Introducing – Sherpa’s Brew!
We’re planning to highlight natural Chinese ingredients and flavours to complement the hops, malt, and yeast of beer. Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming core lineup.
Also known as fragrant olive, osmanthus fragrans is a smallish tree or shrub with an absolutely amazing smelling flower. This Asian native plant is the city flower of Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Guilin. It’s popular to use the white, pale yellow, and yellow flowers for tea infusions, so we figured why not a beer? The sweet flower notes will go great over a light lager base.
If you’d like to try a similiar beer before our brew is ready, we highly recommend Master Gao’s Baby Osmanthus Pale Ale from Nanjing.
It’s hard to find an ingredient that screams ‘China’ more than tea. Longjing or ‘Dragon Well’ Tea is a pan-roast green tea grown around Hangzhou. It’s mostly harvested and processed by hand and is renowned for its super high quality. We were inspired to create this brew by our love of great tea. What would be better to combine the great flavours of tea with the nice buzz of beer? Sounds like a win-win to us.
If you’d like a preview, we recommend checking out Great Leap Brewing’s Silver Needle White Ale – a delicious beer made with another kind of killer tea.
Sichuan Chili Peppercorn Hotpot Stout
Ok, ok, enough of the flowers and tea leaves. It’s time to give things a little kick! Chili beers pack a punch and have gained a cult-like following with some American craft beer fans. However, we all know the true masters of heat come from Sichuan. That’s why we’re combining the intense flavours of ‘ma’ and ‘la’ along with a roasty chocolate and malt stout base. We’re even bringing in a hotpot master for consulation to get all the spices just right. It’s all the flavour of hotpot inside a bottle.
Our friends over at Jing-A Brewing have made a similiar-style brew but with a different twist – smoked chili from Guizhou. Definitely try it out for a preview of our soon-to-be fiery beer.
Peking Duck Sauce Porter
Yum. There’s nothing like the sweet, savoury, and ridiculously rich flavours of Peking duck sauce. Made from soybean paste, garlic, chili, spices, sugar, and vinegar, it’s the perfect pairing for tender duck. We took inspiration to make a brew from these ingredients based on many a fond memory of eating away an evening in a lovely local Beijing hutong restaurant. We hope to be able to simmer down and reduce this beer so that we can use it as our very own roast duck sauce.
As far as we can tell, no other brewery in the world has made a beer quite like this – you’ll have to wait for Sherpa’s Brew to try!
Feeling a little under the weather? Our CTM Barleywine will pack a one-two punch that will have you feeling right as rain and a little bit tipsy. This very strong and intense beer style features some of the highest alcohol percentages of any style along with prominent bitter, boozy, sweet, and fruity notes. Take a powerful base like that and combine it with a freshly ground potent Chinese Traditional Medicine mix including schizandra, kudzu, astragalus, and ginkgo biloba, and you’re in for lots of fun and a super strong Qi.
Again, we’re going to be pioneers on the cutting edge here. You’ll just have to wait to try a brew as crazy as this.
Sweet & Sour Pork Pils
Mmmm. This might be our most ambitious idea yet! We’re going to distill all the goodness from sweet & sour pork, including the tangy sauce, sweet peppers, fruity pineapple, and aromatic pork, all into a bottle of pure goodness. This one won’t be filtered – so you can look forward to savouring on little bits of chewy pork while sipping your brew. It’s like a built in bar snack. How awesome is that?
Are you guys looking forward to the launch of Sherpa’s Brew? Leave some of your own Chinese ingredient themed beer ideas in the comments below.
We predict you’ll be able to try the first bottles of Sherpa’s Brew by APRIL FOOLS 2022.