Fancy craft beers, humble home brews and raucous hipster haunts—beer lovers, take note.
Fancy craft beers, humble home brews and raucous hipster haunts—beer lovers, take note.
- By SG Staff
- | Mar 26, 2018
There are lots of quirky craft beer bars in Singapore. From 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. These are the ones worth checking out.
This local microbrewery has a slew of in-house beers, such as their Manuka stout infused with honey; and The Yellow Van, a pale ale with a subtle sweet taste it. Else, there're beers from Brewerkz, as well as light and dark ales from fellow local microbrewery Hospoda Microbrewery. The food selection is 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.
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.
Touted as Asia’s first and only infusion beer lab by the team behind microbrewery-pub Little Island Brewing Co., Alchemist Beer Lab boasts 16 advanced beer infusion towers that help brewers introduce new ingredients to their infusions easily. Of the 16, eight are 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.
Undoubtedly the biggest fish in the pond, Archipelago Brewery has been brewing local craft beers since 2006 and remains a force to be reckoned with today. Since 2016, they've been releasing quirky, bottled batches of their five permanent brews, including the Belgian Wit and Bohemian Lager; the latter which has the base of a Czech brew but with with passionfruit and guava notes. The actual brewery is a little out of the way, but you can find them stocked at more convenient watering holes around town like The Tuck Shop, Timbre, Queen & Mangosteen, among many others. 459 Jln Ahmad Ibrahim.
Brewerkz (Riverside Point)
A Clarke Quay mainstay since 1997, Brewerkz is known for both quality and affordability and, like any good brewery, isn’t afraid to push the envelope. With around 13 different brews available, expect classics like golden ales and IPAs or opt for something a more offbeat like the Black Rabbit, a hoppy wheat beer that has notes of cloves and bananas. 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.
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.
This New York-style joint has a full bar with 18 craft beers on tap from countries like Sweden, the UK, the US and Japan, plus a curated cocktail menu by Proof & Company. Prices start at $11 for a half-pint of Big Wave Golden Ale to $23 for a pint of Heen & Weer; along with a host of pale ales and lagers. That said, the main attraction is an affordable selection of burgers to get with your drinks. #01-03 115 Amoy St.
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. Surprise surprise; everything pairs perfectly with beer. 119 Tyrwhitt Rd.
Nestled within the Rendezvous Hotel Singapore Courtyard, Five Marbles is an accessible, cozy option for a craft beer watering hole when you’re strolling around town. They host a rotating selection of 12 craft taps, including locally brewed craft labels like Brewlander and Innocence Brewing, as well as beers from Australia, UK, Japan, New Zealand and USA. For the eats, there's a unique menu of “craft”, beer-infused dishes like the Craft Beer Chicken Rice. 1/F The Courtyard, Rendezvous Hotel, 9 Bras Basah Rd.
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; as well as local label Brewlander. 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 is one of the pioneers in introducing craft beer to the hawker center setting, and they’re not stopping, 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.
Having left their previous space at PasarBella in Turf City, the bottle shop, bar and classroom is now located more conveniently in Wheelock Place. The store 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 of beer books, and organizes regular workshops for folks serious about their suds. They also have a small selection of frequently changing taps. #02-01A Wheelock Place.
This craft beer bar and bistro has moved across the street, but continues to serve a good range of brews and four craft taps—which rotate IPAs, porters, stouts, imperial stouts, pilsner and ambers. There's also other craft beers you can look forward to like the Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Kona Long Board Lager, Modern Times Blazing World and more. Grab a bar snack and have fun playing darts, pool, table tennis, foosball and beer pong; but heads up that you'll be fighting students from nearby SMU for space. 178 Clemenceau Ave.
Meaning "pub" in Czech, Hospoda brings the popular and light Eastern European-style beer to our shores. Their house specialties include pilsners and the Bohemia Dark beers; but definitely try the Pilsner Urquell—touted as"the original Pilsner". Expect Czech-style food as well with items like pork sausages, grilled duck and baby pork ribs. #01-19 Albert Court Village Hotel, 180 Albert St.
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 in 313@Somerset also brings in seasonal specials from Japan. #01-26 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd.
Don't be intimidated by the large tanks of beer equipment in this microbrewery's industrial-chic space; the concrete counters and communal tables are more than welcoming. 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.
The world’s highest urban microbrewery, 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. Their specialty is house porters, lagers and pale ales in their signature range. #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Blvd.
We can thank the people behind The Drinking Partners and Druggists for bringing the famed Danish beer label to town. Located in the cool surrounds of DECK, 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.
The only place to go for authentic German beer brewed on-site. From Munich lagers to the wheaty Hefe Weissbier, everything is quintessentially Bavarian. To round off the German experience, their restaurant serves up classics like sausages, rosti and grilled Bavarian meatloaf, in a modern take on a German beer garden. #01-01 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard.
Serving good, affordable beer at its two outlets—Dempsey and Boat Quay (33/34 Boat Quay)—RedDot’s brews are some of the most intriguing in town. Don't miss the kooky Monster Green Lager (yes, it is actually green) that gets its color from spirulina. Novelty aside, there are more traditional brews like the summer ale, English ale and Czech pilsner. The food menu leans on comforting Italian dishes and meat-heavy mains. #01-01 25A Dempsey Rd.
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.
While Capitol Piazza may be a place to find snazzy threads and satisfying food, this bar provides a solid option for craft beers at great prices (one price, specifically). 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 Galleria, Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Rd.
Good things come in pairs, and TAP recreates its success in a second larger space in Robertson Quay. The second outlet boasts an indoor and (dog-friendly) outdoor alfresco area, seating anywhere from 100 to 200. In addition to the same 20 rotating taps (and one-price-fits-all policy), look forward to an expanded weekend brunch menu including breakfast sandwiches and teas. #01-02, 86 Robertson Quay.
A Thai transplant, this microbrewery has comfortably made a home in Singapore within the Dempsey enclave. Its German brews include Dunkels, Weizens and the ever-popular lagers. Food-wise they've got all manner of modern Thai-meets-German cuisine like deep-friend pork knuckles served with spicy sauce and grilled seabass in spicy seafood sauce. Its resident Thai band really packs in the crowds, so call before you drop by to avoid disappointment. #01-01 26 Dempsey Rd.