Eight brewers plus eight brewers times four events equals 136 beers. Sounds an awful lot like end-of-the-night math!
“Jing-A is thrilled to finally announce the 8×8 Brewing Project, China’s first collaboration-based craft beer festival, coming to Beijing on November 3rd & 4th, 2017!” according to a press release. The festival centers around the collaboration efforts of eight Chinese Breweries and, for this iteration, eight Pacific Northwest breweries.
Exactly who will be teaming up with whom has not yet been announced. Once the pairs are determined, each team will have the summer to develop a collaboration beer that will debut at the 8×8 Festival.
- Bubble Lab – Wuhan
- Fat Fat Beer Horse – Xiamen
- Jing-A Brewing Co. – Beijing
- Master Gao – Nanjing
- Moonzen Brewery – Hong Kong
- NBeer – Chengdu/Beijing
- Taihu Brewing – Taipei
- TAPS – Shenzhen/Chongqing
Invited North American continent breweries:
- Breakside Brewery – Portland, Ore.
- Cloudburst Brewing – Seattle
- The Commons Brewery – Portland, Ore.
- Culmination Brewing – Portland, Ore.
- Gigantic Brewing Co. – Portland, Ore.
- Holy Mountain Brewing – Seattle
- Parallel 49 Brewing – Vancouver, Canada
- 10 Barrel Brewing Co. – Bend, Ore.
At each of the four sessions, all eight of the collaboration brews will be available for sampling. In addition to that core octet, an additional 32 unique beers will be available at each event. The first day has one session, while day two has three. Each of the events is slated to be three hours in length, promising “plenty of time to try as much beer as you’d like!”
Here’s the tricky part: each of the 16 brewers will bring two unique beers to each session for a total of 32 beers. However, the 32 brews at event one will differ from the 32 brews at event two. The 64 beers from events one and two will be not be available at event three and so on.
The event will take place on Nov. 3 and 4 2017 at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing. Tickets ranging in price from 300¥ to 1188¥ ($44-175) went on sale May 25.