Beer Without Borders – Racism is a Virus

The idea behind Beer Without Borders is to show the brewing industry stands together against racism. The brainchild of “Beer Without Borders” is Nick Clark, a brewer from New Zealand who lives in China.

Nick resides in Shenzhen and his wife is Chinese, they have a son. They own Crafthead in Shenzhen and make beer and cider. I’ll let Nick tell you more.

“I live in China, my wife is Chinese and we are raising beautiful mixed race son here together. I don’t want him growing up in a world where people are continually attacked due to their appearance, beliefs, or the color their skin.

Sir Thomas Overbury stated the maxim “All the carnal beauty of my wife is but skin-deep” in his 1613 poem “A Wife”. After dissecting cadavers in anatomy classes I can 100% confirm that we are all the same underneath our protective outer later… we are all human.”

Nick Clark, Brewer

The recent attacks against Asians in Atlanta (USA), which left 8 people dead and family’s grieving. Were the trigger to act. Race crime has been on the rise worldwide, with the pandemic in particular triggering a growth on attacks against Asians.

Beer Without Borders Painting
A Painting Nick Had Commissioned For Beer Without Borders

Craft Beer and Progressiveness

Craft brewers and craft beer often symbolizes progressive ideals, creative thinking, independence and considered a forward-thinking industry. In China, the craft beer industry formed around expats who wanted to drink good beer.

There choices around the turn of the millennium weren’t great. It led to many expat homebrewers going pro. You had Carl Seltzers with Great Leap Brewing and Slow Boat starting the revolution. Overtime Chinese brewers got into the industry too, with Master Gao from Nanjing being a guiding light.

Now the Chinese craft beers scene is multicultural with people around the world and China making beer there. Craft beer sales may only represent a tiny percentage of China’s total beer market. However, it’s a vibrant scene where people help each other out and collaborate together.

It’s time for the Chinese craft scene to show its solidarity and “beer without borders” is a symbol of this. However, Nick is hoping to take this idea global, a chance for brewers to say racism is not OK!

Brewers Standing Against Racism Globally

Racism isn’t just attacks on Asians; we have the Black Lives Matters, attacks on people of all colors globally. Any attack either verbally or physically committed because of the color of someone’s skin isn’t acceptable. This is what “Beer without Borders” stands for.

The beer Nick has designed is a NEIPA (New England IPA), and the recipe is shared below. Brewers don’t have to follow the ingredients exactly, and they can be substituted out for ingredients readily available.

How to Get Involved – Beer Without Borders

Please note: There will be a tap logo plus can artwork released in the near future, for people to use (with space for their own branding).

When brewing this beer please put your own branding on it. This is beer is your stand against racism. For the recipe, please use the link below to download it:

Commercial ScaleClick here for the commercial brewery recipe sheet

Home Brew VersionClick here for the recipe sheet

The recipe sheet is a guide, please feel free to adjust any parameters to fit your preferences and system requirements.

The idea is for the brewing community to come together. So, please let us know about your involvement you can reach out to use Twitter and Instagram or email Beer Without Borders at:

Thanks for your participation

Neil Playfoot

Neil is a brewer with 25 years international brewing experience. Based out of China (first came in 2010) he works as a brewing consultant helping brewers with their projects and brewing processes. To find out what services Neil can provide your brewery please click here. If you'd like to contact Neil you can email at
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