Breweries of 8×8: Fat Fat Beer Horse

Hailing from the beautiful coastal city of Xiamen, FAT FAT BEER HORSE opened its doors in 2013. Their portfolio of beers is founded on evolutions of classical European beer styles, such as their Shapotou Kölsch, and Hippocampus Seaweed Gose, and Yangmei Witbier. For special occasions like 8×8, they’ll send their beers out into the world… but generally they prefer to drink their beers where they belong. Fat Fat Beer Horse is located in a stunning 500sqm former seafood processing plant one the shores of YunDang Bay. All beers are brewed on-site to be enjoyed at their brewpub.

Breweries of 8×8: Culmination Brewing

Culmination Brewing Company is a brewery and taproom in the heart of Portland… celebrating their 2-year anniversary this month!
Voted Oregon’s best new brewery of 2016, Culmination is on pace to brew just over 4,000 BBL’s of beer in 2017. Driven by creativity yet firmly rooted in tradition, Culmination’s brewing team has produced over 200 unique styles from Brett-forward, blended barrel-aged flanders-style beers to dank and citrusy IPA’s. Culmination Brewing is built around the idea that sustainable manufacturing and building practices can and will lead to superior products and customer satisfaction. Great beer, with good food and community can be brought together in one concept, under one roof.

Breweries of 8×8: NBeer

Next up in our brewery lineup for 8×8… NBeer Pub 牛啤堂! Founded in 2013 in Beijing, NBeer was one of the first natively-owned craft breweries in China, the brainchild of two intrepid Beer Geeks. Their brewmaster, Yinhai, was originally a computer engineer, but early on became one of the first Chinese homebrewers and craft beer advocates. A founding member of the Beijing Homebrew Society, he is the author of the bestselling NBeer Bible – one of the first Chinese-language guidebooks to craft beer. NBeer’s other co-founder, Jin Xin AKA Xiaobiar – one of China’s foremost outdoorsmen by day – is by night (and sometimes day), China’s most famous beer bottle collector, a shameless Beer Geek and graphic designer. He is the creator of the bilingual Chinese-English Beer Family Tree poster. The two co-founders’ family names each mean “Silver” and “Gold” respectively – and with both their auspicious names and diverse skill-sets they strive to produce China’s best beers, both inside and out. In early 2016 NBeer launched a production brewery in Yinhai’s hometown of Chengdu,Sichuan, giving them the ability to distribute our beer throughout the country – and beyond!

Look out for their Raspberry Beijinger Weisse, Niubi Black IPA, and Zhongnanhai Rauchbier, named after China’s most famous brand of cigarettes.

Breweries of 8×8: Breakside Brewery

Up next in our profiles of the breweries coming to Beijing this November… Breakside Brewery!
Their slogan is “Seek and Enjoy”, and we’re going to make the first part of that easy for you – just grab a ticket for the 8×8 Brewing Project at https://yoopay.cn/event/8x8brewingproject. To enjoy, just show up to the festival on November 3rd & 4th. The Breakside team will be pouring 8 different beers over the two days, plus a new collaboration brewed with NBeer Pub 牛啤堂 specifically for 8×8!

In the meantime, here’s a bit more background on them…
Breakside opened in 2010 in Northeast Portland as a restaurant and pub brewery, gaining attention early on for their innovative, experimental and diverse beers.
By 2013, they had expanded operations to a 30 bbl production brewery in Milwaukie, Oregon, filled with 30, 60 and 120 barrel tanks, barrel rooms for wild and non-wild/sour fermentations, a high speed bottling line, and a 24-tap tasting room.
The next year, Breakside was awarded the highly coveted Gold Medal for American-Style IPA at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival for their flagship Breakside IPA, which was also named to ​Men’s Jo​urnal’s 100 Best Beers In The World and “The Best Beer in Oregon” by ​The Oreg​onian.

Breakside is known for their wide ranging portfolio of beers (with 526 unique brews listed on their Untappd profile!) Highlights include barrel-aged and sour beers like their Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec, a strong amber ale with chocolate and chilies, and their Passionfruit Sour, a fruited berliner-weisse that earned a Gold Medal at the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards.

Most recently, they opened a third location in the Slabtown district of Northwest Portland, and continue to pick up accolades, with Breakside named Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards and the 2017 Best of Craft Beer Awards.

Breweries of 8×8: Bubble Lab

We’ve got 16 great breweries coming to Beijing this November for 8×8…
Grab a ticket at https://yoopay.cn/event/8x8brewingproject

This time we’re putting the spotlight on one of the 8 Chinese breweries – one of the youngest of the whole lot: Bubble Lab!

Bubble Lab was founded in 2015 by Marco Chao in Wuhan, aka the “Chicago of China”.
They brew over twenty different styles, including a Scotch Ale, Helles, Pilsner, Golden Porter, Saison, and Stout, but Bubble Lab specializes in IPAs, using a variety of hops like Centennial, Mandarin, Mosaic, Equinox – and a Double IPA with Amarillo. Their beer does not simply cater to any specific palate. Instead, Marco and his team strive to master the art of craft brewing to create beers that can be enjoyed by both connoisseurs and newcomers alike.
You can try 8 different Bubble Lab beers at the 8×8 Festival this fall, plus an exclusive new collaboration brew they’ll be working on with Cloudburst Brewing!

Breweries of 8×8: Cloudburst Brewing

We’ve got 16 great breweries coming to Beijing this November for 8×8… time to get to know one of them a little better: Cloudburst Brewing!

Founded in 2015 by industry lifer & veteran brewer Steve Luke, Cloudburst Brewing is nestled in an inconspicuous 115 year old building just north of Pike Place Market in Seattle, WA. They produce a wide array of beer styles, with an emphasis on ever changing, hop-heavy IPAs and Pale Ales, coffee-laden Stouts and Porters, fruited & spiced French Saisons sourced with ingredients from the nearby market, and slightly bastardized Lagers. We can’t wait to find out what they’ll be shipping over for 8×8 Brewing Project and which of the breweries from Greater China they’ll be teaming up with to make a new collab brew!

Cloudburst beers can currently be found at bars and restaurants in the greater Seattle area (and soon in Beijing for 8×8!); as well as their industrial-rustic-derelict-chic tasting room in the brewery load zone with a picturesque view of the 10bbl brewhouse and cellar. Cloudburst Brewing takes their pursuit of creating the best beer incredibly seriously – everything else, not so much.