We scour the bar scene to bring you the new and noteworthy. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it! TIM COLMAN checks out Alchemist Beer Lab at South Beach Avenue.
Housed on the ground level of the new South Beach complex is the latest entry into Singapore’s craft beer market. Run by the guys behind Little Island Brewery Co., the Alchemist Beer Lab brings together Little Island’s brewing expertise and the art of infusion. Once you enter the modern, slick marble-and-glass bar, you’ll immediately see the 16 infusion towers – each containing beer or cider plus other ingredients (mainly fruit) to create unique flavours.
The Chosen One:
The choice of infusions changes every couple of months; at the moment, the “Obama” is the pick. A heavier brew, the drink is a stout infused with marshmallows, vanilla pods and mint leaves. While it sounds like a strange combination, the subtle sweetness of the marshmallows works well with the strong, thick stout. One glass will set you back $15 or, for $25, you can get a tasting set of four beers.
In addition to its infusions, Alchemist offers some of the favourites created by Little Island Brewing Co. Sister Golden Ale is a fresh, smooth beer that will cleanse the palate after some of the sweeter options. During Happy Hour (midday to 7pm) you’ll pay just $12.
Bite on this:
There are always different food specials available, depending onwhat ingredients the chef can get his hands on. Menu staples include sticky Thai chicken wings ($10) covered in honey and coriander, and a smoked wagyu brisket tortilla ($18) featuring tender meat paired with green tomato chutney, pickled onions and sour cream. The duck-fat fries ($12) are the perfect accompaniment for beer.
Last but not least:
Asia’s first infusion beer lab, Alchemist creates flavours even a beer novice will enjoy. The experimental nature of infusion means there’s always bound to be a new flavour – so you’ll need to visit regularly.
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