If ordering delivery and drinking specialty beers are your two special loves in life, then get ready to push that sweatpantsed significant other off the couch and replace them with a cold assorted case of Belgian Trappists, American ambers, British ales and Japanese microbrews! All delivered straight to your home by diligent
wings of the gods delivery guys from Cheers In! Shanghai’s only imported beer boutique is now officially delivering their stock to our fine city’s thirsty-but-picky homebodies.
Their shop, located at 25 Yongkang lu, boasts somewhere around 200 beers from over 30 different countries, all available to order online. Their delivery service started up just a few weeks ago, and the moment we saw their bike speeding around our neighborhood, we had to give it a try.
A 10rmb delivery fee gets you whatever hodgepodge assortment you choose, no minimum order, and arriving in whatever time window you select (as early as 1-2 hours after you order, or any date and time you choose, as long as it’s between noon and 9pm.) Most impressively, they actually delivered to one Shanghaiist staffer way up in Hongkou!
Like everything in Shanghai, it’s pay on delivery, and our bottles arrived cold, but we hear that’s not always the case.
Their selection process is excellent, and by far the best part of the service. You can navigate beers by country, price, alcohol content, and color (divided into 10 color grades!) So if you, for example, feel like drinking a blonde from France for 20-30RMB, you’ll actually have three options to choose from (Chti 27RMB, Tequeiros Biere 22RMB, and Jade 29RMB)!
And if you accidentally forget to order something before sending it through (maybe that new UK brand Brew Dog, 27-29RMB, that’s blowing up right now) just give them a call! We were promptly answered on the phone, and the girl knew exactly which order was ours and just popped the requested bottle in with the rest.
The shop is owned by a team of French beer lovers, some who spend their time literally scouring the earth for new beers to bring back, and some who man the castle here in Shanghai. Their blog might help you branch out from your comfort zone, as they review and promote any interesting new labels coming into the store. That’s how we decided to try an intense little Japanese microbrew called Coedo, 27RMB, which knocked us back a bit at first but was fun to try.
As far as price is concerned, Cheers In goes way easier on the wallet than ordering imported bottles at the pub. Beer prices in Shanghai bars are, as we all know, stupid expensive. Cheers In offers an alternative at a fraction of the price. But we should mention that while they are cheaper than going out, their prices aren’t necessarily uniquely low. You’ll find specialty grocery stores and places like City Shop will carry some (but not all) of the same selection for about the same price. But will they deliver it to you within four episodes of Seinfeld? Probably not.
So next time, before you sadly turn to your dusty crate of Suntory sitting on the floor in the corner, consider this: You could be drinking Duvel within the hour for 19RMB per bottle, without having to so much as pick up the phone.