Susan Johnson (more chengdu)|
The craft beer trend has arrived in Chengdu via The Beer Nest, a new watering hole in the happening Zongbei area. They have several beers on tap, a few of which are their house brew, as well as a wide selection of imported beers, mainly Belgian beers by the bottle. Their specialty Sichuan ale was sold out the night we visited, but we liked the crisp and cold Belgian light. Besides beer, there is a nice choice of cocktails and shots, several wines by the glass, or Prosecco by the bottle. The main draw is beer, however, and a sampler set of their craft beers on tap goes for 50 yuan. On a recent evening there were a couple of Coronas, a big bottle of Triple Karmeliet, one Rogue, a glass of Maredsous and a mojito sharing a global village moment on the custom built bar. The crowd likewise reflects the diversity of the area. They are also into promoting beer knowledge and culture via the Chengdu Homebrew Society, beer magazines/ books and the chengdubeer.com website/ Facebook. Regular beer events (like “Beer of the Week”) & promotions add to the ambience.
We like the space, which is industrial but warm at the same time, and the soundtrack, which is interesting enough to provide atmosphere without being intrusive. The bar area is usually the busiest and the place often looks crowded from the street but there are a few quiet tables upstairs. In the afternoons, this is also a spot for Wi-Fi and coffee. The food program is just getting going; they have started serving up Toasties, Belgian waffles and customers can delivery from Peter’s Tex Mex around the corner.
The Beer Nest is a great place to spend some time sharpening one’s palate and learning about one of the world’s oldest beverages, or just grab a cold one on a summer day.
The Beer Nest (more chengdu)
From Monday, October 14th until Sunday, October 20th the dudes at the Beer Nest are offering Red Seal Ale for 40RMB/bottle. Normally it costs 60RMB. Get down there and taste some good American micro-brewed beer.