Lhasa Beer, the only Tibetan beer on the world market

The production of beer in Tibet is a relatively recent phenomenon in Tibetan cuisine. The Chinese established the Lhasa Brewery Company in 1988, which is located in Lhasa.[1][2]


The first historical record of beer in Tibet are Chinese, concerning a 638 peace agreement between Tang China and the new Tibetan kingdom of Songtsen Gampo include the technological transfers of silk, paper, watermill and beer production. Tang Taizong did not respect the agreement on these technical transfer, but his son, Tang Gaozong, did.[3]

However, somewhat contradicting the fact that alcohol is contrary to the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism, is the fact that for centuries, chhaang, a local brew of barley sold by glass at street stalls in Lhasa and across towns in Tibet has been consumed by many Tibetans and monks.[4][5][6][7][8]

In July 2023, the Tibet Shengbang Holding Co., Ltd. with an annual output of 300,000 tons of beer construction project was held in Lhasa Economic and Technological Development Zone, and the project has entered into the substantive construction stage.[9]

See also


  1. ^ Beijing Review (in Maltese). Beijing Review. 1991. ISSN 1000-9140. Retrieved 2024-02-22.
  2. ^ Summary of World Broadcasts: The Far East. Weekly economic report. Monitoring Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation. 1988. Retrieved 2024-02-22.
  3. ^ Twitchett & Fairbank (Hrsg.) 1979, pp. 228–230.
  4. ^ Gluckman, Ron (1994). Brewing at the Top of the World. Asia, Inc.
  5. ^ Prakash Tamang, Jyoti (2009). Himalayan Fermented Foods: Microbiology, Nutrition, and Ethnic Values. CRC Press. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-4200-9324-7.
  6. ^ Alexandra David-Neel, Initiation and Initiates in Tibet, trans. by Fred Rothwell, New York: University Books, 1959
  7. ^ Yu Dawchyuan, "Love Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama", Academia Sinica Monograph, Series A, No.5, 1930
  8. ^ Stein, R. A. (1972). Tibetan Civilization, p. 85. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0806-1 (cloth); ISBN 0-8047-0901-7 (paper).
  9. ^ "拉萨啤酒新厂今日奠基,有望成为西藏唯一!_澎湃号·政务_澎湃新闻-The Paper". www.thepaper.cn. Retrieved 22 February 2024.