Beer in China

Here's cheers: tap into the world of crafty brews

According to Jonathan So Shing-bong, the city has never had a genuine beer festival, featuring products from a wide range of different brewers, of the sort that European and American beer fans will be familiar with.

Thursday, 19 April, 2012, 12:00am

Vox pop

Go Canada

Vincent Lui is 22 and has been drinking beer for about six years. He would like to see more beer on tap, but thinks Hong Kong has a great selection of bottled beers. 'For me, Granville Island, which is a beer from Canada, is the one I want to see in Hong Kong.'

Leffe field

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

As Tsingtao brews, so Lucy Yuan grows

Company secretary started as bottle-cap maker

Lucy Yuan Lu's first job at Tsingtao Brewery was small but important - making bottle tops. When Ms Yuan, who was 20 at the time, joined the state-owned firm in 1975, the mainland had yet to open its economy and Mao Zedong was still in power.

23 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Party raps media over beer reports

Food safety stories must have 'authoritative' backing, it says

The Communist Party's propaganda department has tightened controls over mainland media reports on food safety after last month's allegations that Chinese-brewed beer contained excessive levels of formaldehyde.

22 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Watchdog clears beer of formaldehyde fear

China's product quality watchdog has given the thumbs up to the nation's brewers, declaring yesterday that all beer on the mainland was safe and that formaldehyde levels were within established international limits.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Chemical scare takes froth off beer boom

Rampant media speculation about the addition of formaldehyde to mainland beer has caused scares in Japan and South Korea, but it has not stopped Beijingers from gulping away in the sweltering heat.

Holding his lunchtime bottle of Yanjing beer, a Beijing rubbish collector said: 'I can't take it seriously. It's summer and I feel thirsty, so I drink beer.'

14 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Cheers, China's catching up

Mainlanders have a long way to go to match the beer drinking of Hongkongers, let alone the mighty Irish, but a booze belly can be a problem for any imbiber

Beer bellies are expanding in China as drinkers push the mainland within reach of the United States as the world's biggest beer market.

16 Nov 2003 - 12:00am

China Beer steps up battle over Tsingtao

China Beer (Hong Kong) will issue a statement early next week to further clarify its position in the legal tangle with H share Tsingtao Brewery over the rights to the Tsingtao trademark in Hong Kong, according to sources.

The sources said China Beer, indirectly controlled by the powerful China Resources (Holdings), had originally planned to make the statement yesterday.

9 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Tsingtao hits back in rights battle

H share Tsingtao Brewery last night made its first public statement on its legal battle to assert ownership of the prized Tsingtao trademark.

The company has launched legal proceedings against its former Hong Kong distributor, mainland-linked China Beer (Hong Kong).

5 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Foster's favours tie-ups

Foster's Brewing Group is hoping to form more international brewing alliances in the overcrowded Chinese beer market. Foster's said its three loss-making Chinese breweries ran at about half capacity and needed to improve competitiveness. 'We would clearly be looking at alliances should opportunities arise,' Foster's chief executive Ted Kunkel said.

18 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

Foreign beer maker battles to gain recognition

Blue Ribbon, the largest foreign beer in China, faces an uphill task to increase its market share under fierce competition and rampant smuggling of its own brand from abroad.

11 Apr 1996 - 12:00am

Brewers battle doubters

AS foreign brewers move into China to tap what they predict will be the biggest market by the turn of the century, there are signs that the battle for market share will be hard.

The clash of the beer giants gradually is building up to a climax between 1997 and 1999, when most Sino-foreign joint ventures already underway begin large-scale production of premium beer.

10 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Heard of the brewery that took the pledge?

YOU can always spot genuine Tsingtao shareholders.

They're the guys desperately swigging the stuff in bars and streets corners in a futile attempt to raise the company's share price, which has left a nasty, hoppy taste in investors' mouths of late.

30 Aug 1995 - 12:00am