Tour de Baijiu


CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post I mentioned that the event at the Hutong in Beijing would be held on Thursday, March 21, which is a bogus date. The event will be held on FRIDAY, March 21. Sorry for any confusion.

Books and baijiu, what could be better?

I hope you are all as excited for Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits as I am. But now I have even more exciting news to share with my China-based readers. You are about to have the opportunity to get your hands on copies of my new book weeks it hits bookstore shelves. As if that were not enough, you will also have the chance to meet the author.

That’s right, later this week I will depart Washington for a whirlwind baijiu tour of China’s three biggest metropolises – Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing – where I will dazzle audiences and give presentations on all aspects of baijiu and Chinese drinking culture.

Details as follows:

Hong Kong

  • Baijiu, Book Launch
artichoke [ canteen ] gallery 

unit 311, 3/F Harbour Industrial Building, 10 Lee Hing Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong

Sunday, March 16, 7pm

Kicking off a jam-packed week of book events, I’ll be speaking in Hong Kong, where many an English sailor had their first sip of samshu. My talk will cover the history, culture and production of Chinese wines and spirits, capped off with a guided tasting. Should be great fun.


Monday, March 17, 6:30pm

M1NT Club

24 Floor, 318 Fu Zhou Road (close to Shan Dong Middle Road)


This talk will focus on the business side of Chinese drinks. It will cover a range of topics including the evolution of the Chinese baijiu industry, baijiu’s international ambitions, and a crash-course in baijiu drinking etiquette. Advance reservations available online.

  • Baijiu, Book Launch

Tuesday, March 18, 7:00pm


17 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Julu Lu

襄阳北路17号1楼2室, 近巨鹿路

Returning to my favorite Shanghai baijiu bar, Yuan, this talk will cover the history of Chinese alcohol and the production of baijiu. With baijiu cocktails prepared specially for the event at the bar and free admission.


Wednesday, March 19, 6:00pm


1 Sanlitun Nan Lu, Chaoyang district (near the Bookworm)


I love the Bookworm and their first-rate literary festival! For this talk, I will look more at the ways in which China’s culture has influenced, and been influenced by, its alcohol. With in depth looks at politics, religion, philosophy and of course literature. Guided tasting to follow.

Friday, March 21, 6:30pm

The Hutong Kitchen

1 Jiu Dao Wan Zhong Xiang Hutong


I’ll be rounding out my visit to China with a comprehensive discussion of all things baijiu: Culture, production, business, you name it. Brought to you by the Hutong Kitchen and Swedish Young Professionals, this event will include a double-whammy guided tasting of some of my favorite baijius AND a baijiu cocktail to boot. Reservations available online.

Hope to see all of you there.

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