Co-owners Kristian Li and Alex Acker of craft brewery Jing-A in Beijing made strong progress this week on making a beer using qu, the fermentation agent for baijiu, to be served on August 8. These guys made a ‘qu brew’ last year, too, and are looking to fine-tune things this time around.
The situation went from planning to practice on Friday as Jing-A made twelve samples using qu from distilleries in Baoding and Wuhu as well as a commercial brand. Each qu was used on its own or in combination with another qu and a taste test will soon be done to judge the potential of each of the dozen samples. One will eventually be chosen to make a beer for World Baijiu Day. More updates to come.
World Baijiu Day is held each August 9. See our 2018 event list here. The 2019 list is coming soon. Follow World Baijiu Day on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Get in touch with Jim Boyce via spirit (at) worldbaijiuday.com.