As the one-month countdown to World Baijiu Day begins, bars and restaurants in fifteen cities have confirmed participation in the August 8 event. From Beijing to Brussels, from Los Angeles to London, from New York to Melbourne, there will be lots happening. I’ll create a detailed master list this weekend of the cities, venues and events involved. In the meantime, here is a brief outline of what is on the slate. And if you are in London next Tuesday, you might want to sign up for the first-ever WSET Baijiu Master Class.
Jing-A Taproom in Beijing will have a craft beer made using qu, the fermentation agent for baijiu, Capital Spirits will pair different styles of baijiu with local meats and cheeses, and The Schoolhouse at Mutianyu will have samples of its five baijiu liqueurs, including hawthorn, apricot and coffee.
New dim sum restaurant Dam Sum will make Belgian-inspired baijiu cocktails.
DoubleTree by Hilton will create baijiu-centered Valrhona white chocolate balls.
The Hide bar will feature baijiu-inspired cocktails and have tasters from at least three different brands.
Peking Tavern will introduce the winning drink from its recent baijiu cocktail competition and have baijiu tasters, hand-pulled Beijing-style noodles and ping pong.
Golden Monkey will mix its cold-brewed teas with citrus and rice malt syrup to create baijiu iced teas.
Baijiu bar Lumos will have special prices on its 90 house-infused baijius.
U.S. baijiu producer Vinn Distillery will team up with restaurant Kung POW.
The Kweichow Moutai Showroom will hold a free workshop with a tasting of Maotais, a cocktail-making session and pairings with traditional Chinese food.
Other venues that plan to participate, and with which I will confirm event details soon, include the four outlets of Two Chefs in Phuket, cocktail bars Ounce and R&D in Taipei, and restaurant Mott 32 in Hong Kong.
Last but not least, Houston-based ByeJoe, which distributes a baijiu refined in the U.S., will host a series of taste tests in four cities — Houston, Miami, New York and Vancouver — that pit its dragon fruit and hot chili infusion against its passion fruit, peach and pomegranate one.
I’ll have that master list up on Monday!