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Behind China’s Best Known Beer

Tsingtao Beer

Tsingtao Beer originates from China’s Eastern Shandong province of Qingdao, which translates as the “blue/green island”. During Germany’s occupation of the area in the late 1800s to early 1900s, “Hamburg homesickness” was rampant, leading to a Bavarian overhaul of the local lager industry.

Enter Tsingtao Beer, first brewed in 1903 in a quaint red-brick factory that has since been converted to China’s only beer museum. German and British settlers established the brewery, using imported grains and local hops to produce its first pilsner. Tsingtao quickly earned an enduring place at the tables of emperor feasts, pleasing imperial tastes. Just a few years after its launch, Tsingtao Beer won the Gold Medal at the Munich International Exposition in 1906.

The earliest Tsingtao export dates back to the 1950s. Now, Tsingtao has more than 60 breweries all over China and is exported to more than 90 countries including Australia, the United States, Japan, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Italy and Canada. It has become the number one beer in China, and the number one Chinese beer in America.

Today, Tsingtao beer is crafted from selected ingredients from around the world – yeast from Germany; barely malt from Australia, France and Canada; and rice from Western China. The result is a premium lager that is crisp and refreshing with a subtle nutty and sweet flavour.

For more information on Tsingtao Beer, check out tsingtaobeer.com.