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Where to get the best craft beer on tap in Singapore

Fancy craft beers, humble home brews, raucous hipster haunts—beer lovers, take note.

By SG Staff | Jun 21, 2016

  • Where to get the best craft beer on tap in Singapore
    Little Island Brewing Co.

[Updated Dec 2] There are lots of quirky craft beer bars in Singapore, with one that resembles a New York broker's to another that was the former Chinese Druggists Association, these craft beer places continue to surprise and delight us with their brews. Check them out:

1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant

This local microbrewery has a slew of in-house beers such as their Manuka stout which is infused with honey and The Yellow Van, a pale ale that has a subtle sweet taste it. In the meantime, enjoy beers from Brewerkz as well as light and dark ales from other local microbrewery, Hospoda Brewery.The food selection is also contemporary with offerings like potato and chicken skins, beer batter shrimp and chargrilled beef burger with chicken pate. They even have a herb garden growing in the back alley for use in their drinks and food. 369 Jalan Besar. 

Alchemist Beer Lab

Touted as Asia’s first and only infusion beer lab by the team behind microbrewery-pub Little Island Brewing Co., beer lovers will be privy to 16 pretty looking and advanced beer infusion towers, which help brewers to introduce new ingredients for their infusions easily. Out of the 16, eight of them consist of familiar draft beers such as the Sister Golden Ale, Singapore Pale Ale and That Old Black Magic. #B1-16 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Rd.

Archipelago Brewery

Undoubtedly the biggest fish in the pond, Archipelago Brewery has been brewing local craft beers circa 2016 and had an interesting 2016, releasing quirky small batch beers and selling bottled beers for the first time in ages. Up next, they’ll be launching their first ever collaborative brew on Sep 19, created in partnership with popular American brewery Anderson Valley. The pale ale is brewed with local passion fruit and Californian red grapes. You can enjoy their beers at The Tuck Shop, Timbre, Queen & Mangosteen and more.

3rd Culture Brewing Co. 

We're surprised it took someone this long to replicate Daniel Goh and Smith Street Tap's fabulous craft-beer-in-hawker-stall model, but we're so happy it's finally happened. This hawker stall at Maxwell Food Centre offers 12 beers on tap (they rotate weekly) that currently include Holgate Brewhouse's Norton Lager, Modern Times' Trueland Pale Ale, Maisel Brauerei's Hefeweizen and more. The selection's pretty solid, and you can have it with Tian Tian chicken rice. #01-33, Maxwell Food Centre,1 Kadayanallur St. 

Brewerkz (Riverside Point) 

There’s still no beating Brewerkz when it comes to microbreweries in Singapore. A Clarke Quay mainstay since 1997, Brewerkz is known for both quality and affordability and, like any good brewery, it isn’t afraid to push the envelope. Beyond beer, Brewerkz’s burgers are among the best in town and their weekly trivia night is always a great way to spend an evening. #01-05/06 Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Rd.

Bottle Shop

A next-generation food court, the 24,000 sq ft gastropark Timbre+ houses a mind-bending total of 35 F&B partners—from hipster eateries to local hawker stalls. For liquid company, you can take your pick from the 120 beers and ciders available at the Bottle Shop. JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, 73A Ayer Rajah Cres.

Burger Joint

 
This joint has a full bar with 18 craft beers on tap from countries like Sweden, the UK, the US and Japan, and a curated cocktail menu by Proof & Company, featuring classics that we were told are still being fine-tuned. They offer an affordable selection of four different burgers (cheese burger, hamburger, bacon burger and bacon cheese burger) for you to get with your drinks. #01-03 115 Amoy St.

Druggists

This restaurant and beer bar takes over the space formerly occupied by the Chinese Druggists Association. It’s got 23 taps from breweries like Mikkeller, To-ol, De Struise, Magic Rock, Birra Del Borgo and Thornbridge, among many others. Beer aside, dishes include garlic soy wings, char siew ciabatta sandwich, chillicrab sliders and their new salted egg yolk pasta. Each dish also pairs perfectly with beer so nothing will ever clash. 119 Tyrwhitt Rd. 

Freehouse

Try out 18 taps of rotating exotic microbrews from around the world, and a list of bottled beers and ciders with Asian-inspired pub grub to pair with the brews. On tap, there are beers from New Zealand, like Mini-Matta Tea Leaf Pale Ale by Yeastie Boys and 8Wired's Semi-Conductor Session IPA. Food-wise, the menu has reliable, dude-food items like burgers with fries, bacon tempura and cereal frog legs. 21A Boon Tat St. 

The Good Beer Company

The Good Beer Company is one of the pioneers in introducing craft beer to the hawker center setting, and they’ve continued to push the envelope, stocking some of the world’s most interesting beers and supporting Singaporean microbreweries. Their neighbors in Chinatown Complex serve up just about every hawker favorite including the Michelin-starred delights of Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle—perfect beer food. #02-58 Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith St.

The Great Beer Experiment

The bottle shop, bar and classroom doesn’t just boast an impressive array of over 150 labels—including less common bottles like our favorite Steenbrugge Double Brown—it also features a library with beer books and puts on workshops for folks who are serious about their suds. They also have a small selection of frequently changing taps. #02-K46 PasarBella, The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd.

Hopheads

This craft beer bar and bistro has moved across the street and continues to serve a myriad of brews and four craft taps that rotates from IPAs, porters, stouts, imperial stouts, pilsner and ambers. There's also other craft beers you can look forward too like the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Kona Long Board Lager, Modern Times Blazing World and more. The food menu is being ironed out as they're still in their soft launch phase, but you'll be able to have some fun playing darts, pool, table tennis, foosball and beer pong while having a few beers when it's officially open. 178 Clemenceau Ave. 

JiBiru Japanese Craft Beer Bar

Before JiBiru’s arrival, most people only knew Asahi and Kirin, but now, beer connoisseurs have award-winning names like Shiga Kogen, Kinshachi, Yona Yona and Hitachino Nest to knock back. This appealing spot on the 313 approach also brings in seasonal specials from Japan. #01-26 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd.

Little Island Brewing Co 

This large microbrewery has large tanks of beer equipment in an industrial-chic space with concrete counters and communal tables. Expect crafted wheat beers, Scottish ales and pale and golden ales, served with smoked brisket and other meaty delights. It's also a rare place to get a pint of IPA for a mere $10. The ordering and payment system is a bit scattered and confusing, but the breezes and good local brews are worth it. #01-01/02 Blk. 6 Changi Village Rd.

LeVeL33

The world’s highest urban micro-brewery, with stunning views of Marina Bay, continues to draw the corporate crowd with beers that stay true to European brewing traditions, top-class food and sophisticated indoor and outdoor settings. #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Blvd.

Mikkeller Bar Singapore

 
Located in the cool surrounds of DECK, we can thank the people behind The Drinking Partners and Druggists for bringing the famed Danish beer label to town. The bar has 20 taps, pouring a mix of Mikkeller’s standards, its experimental creations and beers from the many breweries they collaborate with. There are also three Singapore exclusives – Bugis Brown, Prinsep Pilsner and Waterloo Wit.120A Prinsep St.

RedDot BrewHouse 

Serving good, affordable beer at its two outlets—Dempsey and Boat Quay (33/34 Boat Quay, 6535-4500)—RedDot’s brews are some of the most intriguing in town, like the ever-popular spirulina-infused Monster Green lager and the barrel-aged stout. #01-01 25A Dempsey Rd.

Smith Street Taps

The craft beer hawker stall that isn't Good Beer Company, Smith Street Taps, also by Daniel Goh, is just a couple stalls down and is a rare place to savor exotic kegs while gorging on affordable and delicious hawker food. They have 10 taps that change often, but you can expect stuff from respectable breweries like Mikkeller, Stone and Stockade. Half the fun is following their Facebook page and seeing what special kegs and tap takeovers they have going on. #02-062 Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith St.

TAP Craft Beer Bar

While Capitol Piazza may be a place to find snazzy threads and satisfying food, this bar provides a solid option for craft beers. They’ve got 20 beers on tap and a rotating list of 80 craft beer bottles. On the tap list are beers from like Lomaland saison and Black House coffee stout. If you’re peckish go for bites like Asian glazed pork belly, sausage platters and beef meatballs. #01-K1/K2 GalleriaCapitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Rd.

Tawandang Microbrewery

Load up on freshly brewed beer, deep-fried pork knuckle and fiery tom yum soup at the local branch of the famed German beer hall-style restaurant and bar from Thailand. Its resident Thai band really packs in the crowds, so call before you drop by to avoid disappointment. #01-01 26 Dempsey Rd.

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