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Bar review: Freehouse

By: Tim Colman

First Impressions: Head up the “Stairway to Beer Heaven” and you’ll find a cosy, intimate space that includes attic seating, with rustic wooden tables for groups and bar stools for those who want to be close to the 16 beers on tap.

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Stairway to Beer Heaven

 

The Chosen One: Freehouse is a craft beer and cider bar with a rotating selection – once a keg is finished, a new variety takes its place. A tasting paddle for $20 is the best way to sample all the drinks. With four glasses to a paddle, you can enjoy an Indian Pale Ale, a Helles Lager, a Stout and a Hop Cider. Get through four paddles and you’ve sampled the lot.

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Can you make it through all 16 flavours?

 

The Cheapskate: Craft beers can be expensive, especially considering Freehouse imports its selection from the US, New Zealand and Germany. Luckily, a half-pint of the NZ-made Yeastie Boys IPA is just $9 (and only $14 for a full pint).

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A tasting paddle for $20

 

Bite on this: Salty bar snacks are perfect to enjoy with beer of this quality. The bacon tempura ($9) and nacho dumplings ($13) are delicious for sharing. If you’re after something different, try the cereal frog legs ($17) – these deep-fried morsels come from American bullfrogs and are about the size of a chicken leg, only their meat is much more tender.

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Bacon Tempura $9

 

Last but not least: The bar staff know their products. So get to know them, follow their recommendations, and they’ll take you on a memorable beer-tasting journey.

Freehouse
21A Boon Tat Street | freehouse.com.sg

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