The brewery in Qingdao was founded in 1903 as the Germania-Brauerei (Germania Brewery) to brew beer in the German tradition mainly for Germans and other Westerners in China. In 1915 the brewery was taken over from the cooperation of Chinese (Tsui family) and German owners and their hired managers and until 1945 was under Japanese management following their invasion. After the defeat of Japan in World War II, the Tsingtao Brewery was turned into a Chinese brewery under ownership of the Tsui family. Tsingtao beer now has about 15% of the Chinese domestic market and exports all over the world. I liked the beer a lot and had it as much as I could instead of other, in my view, less superior Chinese beers. You can visit the brewery which also includes a museum, shop and tasting session. Across the road from the brewery are a host of bars where you can drink the local beer in vast amounts!