WORLD BAIJIU DAY 2017
Capital Spirits, 3 Daju Hutong / 大菊胡同3号. 6409-3319 / info (@) CapitalSpiritsBj.com
Home decor and event space POP-UP BEIJING hosted a big baijiu party in 2015, with samples of Yi Mu Quan (一亩泉), Jiang Xiang He (将相和) and Wu Ling from China, Taizi (太紫) from New Zealand and byejoe from the U.S. Last year, it featured bajiu-inspired teas and coffees from Good Works.
August 9, 19:00-24:00
Q BAR was a pre-gaming venue for WBD 2015, then featured global baijiu flights and novel cocktail in 2010. Expect a trio of new cocktails plus additions to the flight this year.
Q Bar, 6F Chang’an Business Hotel, corner of Sanlitun South & Workers Stadium South, 17:00-02:00 daily.
With views of the Great Wall at Mutianyu, THE SCHOOLHOUSE makes five baijiu liqueurs. Guests enjoyed samples for WBD 2015, with cocktails added for 2016. See this post with Jim Spear re the liqueurs. On August 9, visitors to Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall (owned by The Schoolhouse) can get rmb29 baijiu spritzers at the bar from noon until close.Beigou Village, 6162-6506, info (at) brickyardatmutianyu.com
Featured all August, rmb60
TIKI BUNGALOW is back with a new venue and the Goodbai Fu Manchu, a take on the 1962 Kon Tiki drink Mystic Lamp. It includes lychee juice, Venezuelan rum, orange juice, almond extract, and Bye Joe Dragon Fire. Comes in moustached Fu Manchu mug. “Needless to say, it comes served in a long moustached Fu Manchu ceramic mug,” says Oliver Davies.
Tiki Bungalow, Jiadaokou Bei San Tiao (near Beiping Taproom, walk east behind the tall grey wall 15 meters)
430 | 四三〇 Ramen & Drinks is the first venue in South America to join World Baijiu Day. Head bartender Nicolas Constantin says this Asian fusion restaurant will have a tasting of Luzhou Laojiao, ByeJoe and Hong Xing baijius as well as “small qu” and rose-infused baijius from southern China. Plus a cocktail deal featuring the Sheng Long Island, with baijiu, pisco, soju, sake, triple sec, raspberry syrup and lemon juice. Details.
DOUBLE TREE BY HILTON returns for a third straight World Baijiu Day. One constant has been the Valrhona chocolate balls with ginseng-infused Sichuan baijiu. DoubleTree has also done a buffet with baijiu-inspired foods as well as cocktails.
DoubleTree by Hilton, 391 Dongfeng Road Yuexiu District. 20-2833-2888.
WINSTONS offers coffee by day, cocktails by night. Expect something special for World Baijiu Day.
Winstons Coffee, Fu Kwok Building, 213 Queen’s Road West, Sai Wan
Europe’s only baijiu bar, FU, gives customers the options of flights, infusions and cocktails. For World Baijiu Day 2016, it added an IPA infused with Du Kang baijiu. More details on this year’s plans soon.
Fu, Gradwell Street. FUbaijiu (at) gmail.com
DEMON, WISE & PARTNERS are featured baijiu tasters and cocktails last year and will coming up with a new concoction for this year’s World Baijiu Day.Demon & Wise, 27A Throgmorton St, 3774- 7654, wise (at) demonandwise.co.uk, M-F, 5 PM-late.
PEKING TAVERN co-owners Andrew Chiu and Andrew Wong have backed WBD since day one. In 2015, they launched the winning recipe—a baijiu sour—from an in-house cocktail contest. In 2016, they featured drinks and snacks. And this year, they will turn up the heat with a cocktail called “Chinese” that includes Luzhou Laojiao and fresh chili peppers. Peking Tavern drinks like Wong Chiu Punch, One Inch Punch and Peking Coffee, as well as comfort food such as dumplings and noodles, will also be available.
Peking Tavern, 806 South Spring Street. 213-988-8308.
GOLDEN MONKEY offered a baijiu-inspired cold-brewed tea for 2015 and followed that with the Tao-inspired cocktail Secret of the Golden Flower in 2016. Look for something equally creative this year.
Golden Monkey, Rear 389 Lonsdale Street. 9602-2055 / info (at) goldenmonkey.com.au.
Joseph Kornides created the Beijing Blizzard during his days as owner of 12SQM in China’s capital. Now in Melbourne, and running Whisky Den, he’s bringing back this drink — it also includes Frangelico, milk and a secret ingredient — for World Baijiu Day. More on the drink here.
Whisky Den, 2B, 27 Russell Street.
Luca Barbieri organized a pairing of Moutai and seafood at restaurant BLU BLU BLU last year, with the star attraction oysters from Brittany. He is planning more pairing fun for this year.
Michael Ohlsson has backed World Baijiu Day with baijiu-inspired concoctions and says both veteran venue Dada and new venture Ruin are on board for 2017.
Dada, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu,
Ruin, 115 Xingfu Lu, near Fahuazhen Lu
LOGAN’S PUNCH got into the spirit last year with a drink called Xiao Long Go: byejoe, passion fruit, lemon and sugar. Look for more potent fun this year.
Logan’s Punch, Unit 202, 2F, 99 Taixing Road, near Wujiang Road
The Compass Bar, a speakeasy-style venue with a New York-vibe, is a newcomer to World Baijiu Day.
The Compass Bar, 2028 Jin Tian Road, Gangxia, Futian Qu
WE BREWERY gave its craft beers a baijiu boost in 2016 with plum and cranberry infusions. Owner Steve Wang says a year of aging means a new dimension. “The flavor is much more rich and intense,” he says. “I tasted it a of couple days ago and it was the bomb.” Get your baijiu infusion beer float while supplies last on August 9!
WE Brewery, 4 Yiheli, Xi’an Dao, Heping
Hyatt Regency, 126 Weiguo Road, Hedong District. 86-22-2457-1234
THE RITZ-CARLTON returns to World Baijiu Day and will put a little extra spirit into its food this year. Expect a special baijiu-themed menu from August 5 to August 10.
The Ritz-Carlton, 167 Dagubei Road, (86 22) 5809 5182
Hawaii is on board thanks to hotel manager Simon Amos, whose resume includes a long Beijing stint. Hilton Waikoloa Village will a feature Mai Tai twist in its Kona Tap Room. Beverage manager Michale Hofstedt says the recipe includes Luzhou Laojiao baijiu, Disaronno, pineapple juice, orange juice and orgeat. There will also be tastings of Luzhou Laojiao.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, 69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive, 1-808-886-1234
Li Zongwen of baijiu company Harmony (将相和) has been involved in WBD since the first year, including his hometown of Wuhu, where he’s organized cocktail tastings. He’s back again for 2017.