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Beers from China

The Largest Beer Market!

I know the title will surprise several people out there. But, it’s true that China has surpassed America to become the largest beer market in the world more recently.

Moreover, during the last year, Chinese drank almost twice the amount of beer that was consumed by Americans.

Chinese beer

What we can understand from this statistic is that Chinese beers are becoming increasingly popular now not only locally but in the international markets too.

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In this article we have some details about the Chinese beers …


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Beer in Ancient China

Although the beers in China have started gaining popularity only during the last century, the history of Chinese beers doesn’t actually start from there.

Beers are seemed to have associated with China for almost 9,000 years now.

Chinese Beer

Chinese Beer

Some of the most recent archaeological findings have shown that the villagers in China were producing beer-like alcoholic beverages during the 7000 B.C. itself.

These early beers were made using the following ingredients:

  • Rice
  • Honey
  • Grape
  • Hawthorn fruits

It was also found that the beer in ancient China was an integral part of worships, funerals, and many other rituals.

However, it can be noted that the modern brewing techniques were not introduced into the country until the nineteenth century.

Today, most of the beers in China are found to have the ingredients like:

  • Rice
  • Sorghum
  • Rye
  • Barley
  • Bitter melon

China – The Home for the World’s Most Popular Beer!

It would be surprising for most of you to know that you can’t actually taste the world’s most famous beer until you are in China.

Chinese Snow Beer

Chinese Snow Beer

Snow Beer

China is the home for the world’s most popular beer called ‘Snow Beer’ that is produced by ‘China Resources Snow Breweries’ in partnership with ‘SABMiller’.

The primary advantage for this beer to be at the first spot as the world’s most popular beer is the cost.

You can get a 330-millimeter can of Snow beer for just $0.49.

We can hear from several of the snow beer drinkers that it tastes great when at the same time is available at lower costs and this is the major reason why they stick to the snow beer.

I hope almost every beer lover would accept this!

Do you think that China is only famous for its snow beer?

Absolutely not!

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Four beers on the world’s top ten

Of the top ten beer brands across the globe, four are from China.

Apart from Snow beer, three others are occupying this list. They are:

  • Tsingtao
  • Yanjing
  • Harbin


This beer, which is brewed by ‘Tsingtao Brewery’, is found to have a pleasant aroma along with a well-balanced taste.

Tsingtao is the second most popular beer in the world and it is the most widely exported beer from China.

It can be seen that each and every Tsingtao beer bottle is brewed with exactly the same ingredients. I would say this should be the major reason for its popularity!


This beer, which reported a sale of almost 3.8 billion liters during the year 2013, is brewed by ‘Beijing Yanjing Brewery’.

Yanjing is found to be brewed using spring water to get the crispiness and a refreshing taste.


Harbin is brewed by ‘Anheuser-Busch InBev’ of Belgium – the world’s largest beer producer.

Yes, this company is the owner of every other popular beer like:

  • Budweiser
  • Corona
  • Beck’s Artois
  • Stella Artois

Other Popular Beers of China

Apart from the aforementioned beers, there are some other popular beers in China which are:

  • Laoshan Beer
  • Gleckes Beer
  • Cheerday Beer
  • Zhujiang Beer
  • Wusu Beer
  • Kingway Beer
  • Jinxing Beer
  • Pearlriver Beer
  • Shancheng Beer
  • Sedrin Beer
  • Kingstar Beer
  • Huiquan Beer

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Tharani Rajamanickam

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I am Tharani, I have Bachelors degree in Biotechnology. I am passionate about the wine industry and continue to explore, learn and share and I bring in a wealth of knowledge and expertise to help you keep updated with best wines in the world. Stay tuned..

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