Breweries Team Up for China's First Collaborative Beer

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The tea-infused beer marks China's foray into craft beers
Chinese Craft Beer

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China's first beer collaboration is a tea-infused amber ale.

China makes headlines for its growing wine market, but its craft beer market has been largely ignored — until now. Chinese breweries, Boxing Cat Brewery and Great Leap Brewing, are teaming up to make the country's first beer collaboration, reports the Wall Street Journal. 

And the beer, from head brewers Carl Setzer of Great Leap and Michael Jordan of Boxing Cat, sounds awesome. It's a tea-infused beer, made with dianhong tea. The black tea, with a reddish hue and a strong floral aroma, was added to a limited-edition Yunnan Amber brew. Said Jordan to the WSJ of the beer, it's smooth and drinkable, with light hops and a "floral presence in the finish."

The collaboration brings the cities of Beijing and Shanghai together for one spectacular brew. "Carl and I have known each other for a while, as the brewing circles in China are pretty small," Jordan said to the WSJ. "We saw these collaboration brews happening between U.S. brewers and decided we should do one ourselves." We can't wait to see what they come up with next. 

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