Chinese ji ke (geeks) came up with gunpowder, mechanical clocks, the compass, the wheelbarrow and a host of other handy everyday objects, and from the looks of things in Qingdao, especially around this time of year, a casual observer might be tempted to think they invented Oktoberfest, too. In point of fact, the Shandong city’s annual tribute to amber nectar started in 1991 and has grown into a month-long suds fest that swamps the Huangdao and Laoshan districts (this year’s instalment runs from…


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