Micro-brewers in the East Midlands are working with the University of Nottingham to develop bottled beers which can be sold to China and South East Asia.
Small breweries have an advantage in the export market because they pay less tax than larger producers. China is the world's largest beer market.
Three universities in the Midlands are in the top 100 in the world according to a new league table. The annual QS World University Rankings has Warwick, Nottingham and Birmingham in its list of the world's best places to study for a degree.
Warwick University is ranked 58, Nottingham University 72, and Birmingham University 77.