Grain, hops, yeast and water: it sounds simple but there’s a lot more to brewing than just ingredients. Singapore has plenty of big shiny vats carefully tended by brewers dedicated to producing what’s known as nectar of the gods. Here’s our roundup of the city’s best microbreweries.
Area: Clarke Quay
30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point
Golden Ale, Iguana Lager, Hopback Ale and Oatmeal Stout are just a few of the wide range of beers on tap at this well-established brewery and restaurant. There’s a sister outlet at Kallang Indoor Stadium.
The Pump Room
3 River Valley Road, Block B Clarke Quay, #01-09/10
The beer is as fresh as it can get from this popular restaurant and club’s on-site brewery.
Area: Boat Quay
33/34 Boat Quay
Singapore’s first locally owned, independent commercial microbrewery with a brew capacity of 8,000 litres. The Czech Pilsner and Lime Wheat Beer are crowd favourites.
26 Dempsey Road, #01-01
Top-notch German beer is guaranteed here, with three signature brews – lager, weizen and dunkel – pulling in the crowds. The Thai-German bar and restaurant is popular, and there’s a regular house band.
25A Dempsey Road
Unfiltered and unprocessed beer straight from the fermenter. Try the Dark English Ale, Summer Ale or the unmistakable Monster Green Lager.
Little Island Brewing Co.
6 Changi Village Road
Only house-made beers are poured at this Singaporean craft microbrewery in a pleasant outdoor setting in Changi Village. (Loads of indoor seating, too.) Plus, the restaurant serves the likes of smoked meats, grilled fish, ribs, rice dishes and more.
Pink Blossoms Brewing
50 Ubi Avenue 3 Frontier, #01-12
Pink Blossoms is a new arrival on the scene, pouring its first beer in late 2018. The range of pale ales, NEIPAs, stouts and more are the brainchild of a former accountant who discovered a love for craft beer on his travels.
Area: Marina Bay
8 Marina Boulevard, #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1
How on earth did they get those shiny vats up 33 floors? Craft beers of European heritage brewed true to authentic recipes and methods. Amazing city views whether you’re there for a sundowner or for a meal at the excellent restaurant.
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Millenia Walk
This three-storey Bavarian-style microbrewery is a popular expat haunt, with people flocking for the good value Fruhschoppen brunch ($58 with free-flow Paulaner beer) on Sundays in the large restaurant. A children’s entertainer keeps little ones busy too. On any day of the week, enjoy German sausages and Bavarian snacks with a Munich Lager or Dark Lager and listen to the live band.
Aside from these spots where the brews are made on location, there are plenty of spots offering superb craft beers from a range of different makers on the island. Try Almost Famous, The 1925, Smith Street Taps, Mikkeller Bar, Little Creatures, The Guild, The Good Beer Company, Freehouse and more!