Jing A
Founded in 2013 by Kristian Li and Alex Acker, Jing A is bringing craft beer to Beijing. (courtesy Jing A)

Kristian Li and Alex Acker’s craft beer story is like many others.

You get an extract brewing kit a gift and catch the homebrewing bug. You progress quickly to doing all-grain batches, and eventually decide to give up your full time gig to open a brewery.

What makes Kristian and Alex different? Their brewery is in Beijing.

The two expats were longtime friends who saw the opportunity to help grow craft beer interest in China. So they started Jing A in 2013, opened up a taproom in 2014, and the rest is history.

Find out how they were able to bring IPAs and kettle sours to a market used to macro lagers.