Tea-infused beer. A first for Chinese brewing

According to an article in thedrinksbusiness.com, two Chinese micro-breweries have created what is thought to be the country’s first collaborative brewing project: a black tea-infused beer called Yunnan Amber.

Carl Setzer of Great Leap Brewing in Beijing developed the idea and recipe with Michael Jordan of Boxing Cat Brewery in Shanghai.

The beer spend five days infusing with Dianhong black tea from China’s southern Yunnan Province. The creators selected this variety for its strong flavours. It’s capable of showing through the beer flavours to add a distinctive tea note to the finish. The total production is 1,000 litres.

Speaking to Jing Daily, Setzer explained: “The beer has aspects of both our brewing philosophies and will give fans of craft beer in Shanghai a taste of Great Leap in a setting that is already famous for the best beer in town.”

The craft beer scene is steadily emerging in China, with operations such as Great Leap Brewing and Boxing Cat Brewery starting to appear in major cities across the country.