Maovember memories | Jing-A, Migas, Beer Mania & Paddy O’Shea’s

The fourth annual Maovember charity campaign teamed thousands of people in dozens of venues in six cities. I’ve covered it in full at the official site and will do a few flashback posts here as well.

Call it ‘jo for mo’: Jing-A launched its Yunnan Coffee Imperial Stout, made with beans from 2016 charity partner Good Works, on November 18. Ten kuai from each sale of this rich and flavorful beer went to Maovember, and Jing-A also raised funds with rmb20 Jameson shots and a coffee bean counting game. On launch night alone, rmb1650 was raised, more funds to be gathered as sales of that coffee stout continue and expected to top rmb7000.

Migas followed up its Funk Fever mustache bash of 2014 and its charity brunch and porron competition in 2015 with some paddle and pijou power. This year event’s featured The Ping Pong Social Club in partnership with The Foxes Rock craft beer. Social ping pong involves a big group of people circling a table, with players gradually eliminated as they miss shots. With rmb700 from entry fees / donations and rmb3193 from drinks, this paddle-pijou powered event raised rmb3893 or 38,930 mao. Well-played.

Fresh off a charity liar’s dice tournament, Beer Maniaoffered an, ahem, heavy-duty prize on November 15 as it celebrated King’s Day with social group Belgians in Beijing. In short, one lucky guest was destined to win his or her weight in Omer beer from Belgium.

Ticket sales were fast and furious, totaling rmb2,760 by the time of the draw, won by Keith Robinson, who had bought more than rmb500 worth of tickets. He then turned around and auctioned off the beer for charity, raising a further rmb1,350. With rmb10 from every Omer beer sale also going to Maovember, totaling rmb580, that meant grand total of rmb4,690 or 46,900 mao. My guess is a lot of the winning beer, donated by Omer, was opened that very night!

Paddy O’Shea’s again held this year’s Maovember closing-but-not-really-closing party, this time on November 18. As usual, it was a night of fun, games and music. Jameson was on hand with its pop-up bar to serve pickle backs and coffee shots for rmb25, with all proceeds to Maovember. There was also a very popular darts game, at rmb30 per round, with lots of prizes, including Paddy O’Shea’s scarves, bottles of Jameson and bottles of wine from CHEERS. Add in an open mic night, with some excellent live music, a cool DJ, and plenty of food and drink, and it was once again a great way to help wind down this year’s campaign. With rmb1818 from darts and donations, and rmb2730 from shots, the event raised rmb4548.

Check out sibling sites Grape Wall of China and World Baijiu Day.

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