Weekly ‘Hoppy Hour’ Beer Tasting @ XO Bar
Every Tuesday at our weekly ‘Hoppy Hour’ tasting at XO Bar, where you’ll get the chance to taste our carefully curated range of locally and imported brews complimented by a selection of tasty bar bites to snack on, all for just RMB 100. Even better, after the tasting finishes at 9PM all beers at XO Bar will be 20% OFF for the rest of the evening!
RMB 100 for BottlesXO community members (sign-up is available on site). Spaces are limited, so make sure to RSVP at email@example.com.
When: Every Tuesday, 19:00 – 21:00
Where: XO, 237 Hengshan Lu, near Yongjia Lu, Shanghai
Read on to find out more about what’s up for grabs at our next tasting.
Song IPA (¥75 for 4)
A locally brewed beer made in and for China, this IPA is far lighter than the American beers that have made the style well-known, but with delicate hints of the bold aromas and flavors that these beers are known for. It’s uniquely perfect for session drinking and pairing with meals – try this light, refreshing brew with something spicy.
Bad Monkey Wheat Beer (¥85 for 4)
A sumptuously smooth and boldly flavorsome wheat beer crafted by two British expats in the heavenly mountain town of Dali, Yunnan. It’s made using imported hops from America and Australia along with German and Australians malts. As any beer-lover knows, however, it’s the water that really makes the brew – and that’s all Chinese. The guys at Bad Monkey get theirs from Cangshan Mountain, a nearby range that is known throughout China for the purity of the water that springs from them.
Master GAO Jasmine Tea Lager (¥95 for 4)
A smooth, endlessly drinkable lager with hints of jasmine that could have only come from China – the flavor is achieved with the addition of a small amount of jasmine tealeaves during the beer’s fermentation. Smooth and easy-to-drink with an unmistakable complexity and character. Crack open a cold one and enjoy a beer that’s a true one-of-a-kind.
Karl Strauss Mosaic IPA (¥135 for 4)
A refreshingly smooth and fruity IPA with lots of flavor and a very sunny disposition. It’s a true “session” IPA, not a “one-and-done” beer, which manages to keep its very strong hoppy aromas and flavors despite having a relatively low alcohol content. That’s thanks to a signature dry-hopping technique, wherein hops are added to beer late in the process not long before bottling, to give hop-lovers plenty to get stuck into without adding additional ABV. Have one and try not to crack open another; trust us, it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Ballast Point Big Eye IPA (¥150 for 4)
One of acclaimed brewery Ballast Point’s signature brews and a bottle that, in their words, “put San Diego IPA’s on the map”, this is a highly rated, 20-time award winning, classic American IPA made with U.S. Columbus and Centennial hops. The English added extra hops to the IPA (India Pale Ale) to preserve the beers for sea travel. Ballast Point does it for other reasons –love of the flavor, and love of the hop.
Frank & Serafico Enki Blonde Ale (¥75)
A blonde ale created in Maremma, Tuscany. It is named for Enki, the Sumerian god of the fresh waters on which the Earth floats and which gives birth to life. It is said that he threw incredible feasts at which he’d drink too much, gift powers and talismans to his visitors and forget all about it the next day. His daughter, Ninkasi, was even named goddess of beer. Sounds like our kind of family; serve this beer at your next party and channel your inner Enki.
Birra Follina Giana (¥75)
A strong and rich unfiltered double-malt Italian ale with plenty of character. It is made with a carefully selected blend of malts and named for the Roman god Gioano, guardian of change and the cycles of life. The name was suggested by Italian poet and writer Valentino Zeichen, who also inspired the beautiful art on the label.