From craft beer to handcrafted cocktails to wild clubs, a night out in Shenzhen makes for a very good time.For a homegrown pale ale, try Bionic Brew — there’s a low-key taproom on a pedestrian street in the Baishizhou area, in western Shenzhen (Shahe Jie Shangye Buxing A-1F02/03, Nanshan, Baishizhou, Shenzhen; +86 0755 8670 7005).The place also serves beer cocktails as well as non-alcoholic numbers like mate and even kombucha.But plan accordingly: the brewery accepts cash, Bitcoin or WeChat payments… but no credit cards.
Read the full article about craft beer in Shenzhen on FCCIHK.
The French Chamber of Hong Kong sits down with Joe for a pint and a discussion on how he’s survived two forced police closures to mold the city’s beer scene with the first brewery and founding the Shenzhen craft beer festival.
When the first incarnation of Bionic Brew’s bar & microbrewery was ordered to close by the local Shenzhen authorities, its founder Joe Finkenbinder blacked out the windows and carried on brewing in secret from the late evenings until sunrise. By day he would distribute his creation to bars around the city.
The move to a second location lasted only a couple of months before being shut down in similar fashion. Joe still isn’t sure why, but he has his guesses. Setting up your bar behind an unmarked door down an alleyway in a non-typical F&B location might be functional and hip in Brooklyn or Hong Kong. But in China, this creates problems.
“The location was not entirely on purpose. Part of it was because we wanted to test the market. Could the product stand on its own?” he says, “A lot of places get away with a mediocre product because of location. We were just about the beer. The reality is that we wouldn’t have been shut down if we were in a more mainstream shopping mall location. Here it’s a bit more old-school China, you can’t just set up wherever you like.”
We join Joe for a pint – obviously – at his third taproom in as many years in the gritty Baishizhou village in Shenzhen. A handful of outdoor tables are slowly filling up with the Friday after-work crowd when we arrive. There’s a tranquillity to it, at least for now, that you don’t expect from a city like Shenzhen. This restaurant-lined strip, he explains, was shown to him by the police as an apparently acceptable location to set up.
Read the full article about craft beer in Shenzhen on FCCIHK.
Shenzhen’s Craft Beer Brewing Scene Takes Off
Click here to read the full article: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/2011649/shenzhens-craft-beer-brewing-scene-takes
More Bionic in the media here:
South China Morning Post Bionic Host’s Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival
Oh Beautiful Beer Bionic Brew, the first craft brewery in Shenzhen, China.
The Hop Review Craft Beer Branding by Helms Workshop – Bionic Brew
We are proud to announce that BionicBrew has been nominated as the Best Brew at That’s Shenzhen 2014 Food & Drink Awards.
Vote for your Shenzhen’s favourite restaurants and bars here: http://vote.thatsmags.com/vote/thats-shenzhen-2014-food-drink-awards/79
Double the size and double the crowd. Progress.
In just three days we demolished the place next door and combined the two spaces to open it up a bit and prepare to finally start brewing on site. New lights, new bar, lots of new art and finally a toilet, but there’s still lots to do. In September we’re going to focus on setting up the brewhouse so we can brew at the taproom.
A lot of new faces have been coming in recently so thanks to all those who keep on coming back and bringing your friends along. We know it’s hard to find and you pretty much have to be lead by the hand to find the right door.
Friday & Saturday 19:00-02:00 Sunday 17:00-22:00
So far it seems Shenzheners get a late start on their drinking and the bar is pretty dead until about 7 or 8pm. So, we decided to change the hours around a bit. The bar opens a bit later but also stays open later. Remember not to piss off the neighbors and stay inside the taproom after midnight and keep the doors closed. If you walk over to Rose Cafe for some food or a smoke please bring the glasses back.
We need your help. Support us online and get our beer super cheap + beaucoup swag.
We built a new website to spread the word about what we do, where we do it, and how you can help us do more of it.
In the spirit of DIY we built our own Crowdfunding platform so we can sell you what you really want (beer) and to keep the 8% that Kickstarter keeps for themselves. If you need a map how to get here, want to learn more about us or our beer, or if you just want to get some beer at a lower price you should visit the site.
It’s not done yet and there’s a lot to add to the FAQ but if you’re living in Shenzhen for at least a few months it’s well worth it because this is the best deal you’ve ever seen on craft beer in all of China.
Shenzhen Craft Beer Fest
The details will come out next month but we wanted to go ahead and make an announcement to our friends that BionicBrew is throwing the Inaugural Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival. It will take place November 7 & 8 from Friday evening to all day Saturday. Location TBD.
There are other beer festivals in Shenzhen but this one is different. To start, there will only be locally brewed beer from Guangdong and beyond, but no imports. We’re inviting some friends from outside Shenzhen to come and let us taste what they’ve been brewing. There will also be food from local businesses and musicians from Shenzhen and Hong Kong, and we count on you to help us spread the word. If you’re a food vendor, a brewer, or just want to get involved, let’s speak at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KanKan Movie Club
Opening in Baishizhou
Imported ingredients. Imported experience. Made in Shenzhen.
Last month we told you we would be opening in late June in Shekou. Well, this is China and things change pretty fast. Due to local laws and landlords we weren’t able to get the location we expected to have as a permanent tap room, but we may still open it for a month in late summer as a pop up shop. Instead, we’re opening a small brewery right in the heart of Baishizhou near Windows of the World subway station Exit C. If you know where Rose Cafe is, then you know how to find us already. We’re right across the street down the alley.
We’ve just signed the lease and expect to start renovations next week. It’s very likely that we won’t be finished renovating for at least a few weeks, maybe months depending how expensive it is, but we’ll make sure to open the doors as soon as possible even if that means drinking in very austere conditions. It’s all about the beer anyways, right?
Over the last month we’ve brewed enough beer at borrowed facilities from friends to last us through July and we hope to start brewing in our new home in August.
Opening Hours Baishizhou Taproom
Monday17:00 - 01:00
Tuesday17:00 - 01:00
Wednesday17:00 - 01:00
Thursday17:00 - 01:00
Friday17:00 - 02:00
Saturday17:00 - 02:00
Sunday17:00 - 01:00