After a great, yet unsuccessful, hike of FuShan Mountain, Catherine and I had planned on walking home after. We headed down towards Hong Kong Road, and then I remembered a cool Craft brew house in the area. I had wanted to check it out on several occasions, but my plans had always changed. A few of my colleagues have been frequent visitors, so I knew it was worth going to. Even better that I got to try it out with my wifey.
The original Strong Ale Works is a craft brewery in Qingdao at 12 Daxue Lu (大学路12号) across from the Qingdao Art Museum. The unassuming space in Old Town is the wellspring for the craft beers Origin Ale, Bitter Ale, Coffee Ale, and various seasonal brews. We visited the brewery on the eastern part of town on Hong Kong Road, just before you get to the Korean Embassy. How to get there? The crossroads are Hong Kong Road, and HaiLong Road. From the intersection, head south on HaiLong Road (heading towards the sea), and turn right into the first apartment complex you can. There are three buildings on the right, and after the second one, turn right. Head straight up and you will see a big metal door, which is the door to the brewery. Next to the brewery is an art studio.
To me, having a nice craft beer after a hike sounded like a perfect idea, and it didn’t take much convincing for Catherine either. We peeked around a few corners until we found it. The location can be a bit confusing to find, but after our visit to Strong Ale Works, it is definitely worth it. We walked up to the owner, John. He has been living in Qingdao for 12 years, and was a great guy. (Well, let’s be honest. Anyone who makes their own beer and shares it with you, is a great guy in my book)
John wasn’t super busy working, so he had some time to chat with us, and inside there were a few taps with beer ready to go. I poured a Strong Ale Works Blanc, which is not one of their big sellers, for Catherine and I. It was super chilled, and laid-back there. We poured our own beer, and just chatted and drank it while we stood around asking questions about the brewery.
John does most of the work around this site, including the deliveries. So make sure to contact him before popping by for a beer. It could be quite possible that he is out. Having a beer here made me think that I should either start making my own beer here in Qingdao, or become best friends with John…
Next to the brewery was an art studio that we walked around and checked out. There were plenty of good photo ops so while Catherine was busy, I walked around with Eli to look around.
Having a nice craft beer after a hike was a perfect way to cap the afternoon. Once we left here, Elijah fell asleep in the carrier, and we strolled along the beach until we got home. This was was an awesome day, and one that we plan to repeat multiple times before winter comes.
For more information, check out their website and contact Strong Ale Works here. Special thanks to John from Strong Ale Works for providing this overview – see the link – on what it takes to make beer on your own here in Qingdao.