Arrow Factory, Liangma River Edition, turns one this Saturday and has kind of become my go-to craft brew joint. If I seek something close to home, I usually scoot to Jing-A Taproom for a pint of Koji Red Ale or Black Velvet Stout, although I’ve found myself at Slow Boat, too, since it opened on Saniltun South, or at Pop-Up Beijing where they stock Nine Inch Brewing.
But if I have any ambition at all, and it doesn’t involve a double cheeseburger—hello Great Leap #45—I make the 20-minute walk to Arrow Factory. It’s isolated but cozy, feels stylized, and features my favorite Iceland-England-Sweden management team / boys band (I hear they’re working on the latter). Most importantly, I like the beers, with my go-tos including Two Birds Lager and Back in Black Stout. By the way, they triple-cook the fries here. TRIPLE!