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 some of the wide range of beers on tap at this well established brewery and restaurant. There’s a sister outlet at Kallang Indoor Stadium.
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.
79 Circular Road
Serves craft beers from the Archipelago stable which uses a small batch brewing technique. Seasonal offerings and four permanent brews on tap: Belgian Wit, Summer Ale, Bohemian Lager and Irish Ale.
26 Dempsey Road, #01-01
Top-notch German beer is guaranteed 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.
Area: East Coast
417/419 East Coast Road
Ten hand-crafted boutique ales and stouts including India Pale Ale, Golden Stout, Red Ale and Summer Wheat Beer. There’s a family-friendly restaurant there too.
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 very 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 the little ones busy too. On any day of the week enjoy German sausages and Bavarian snacks with a pint of Munich Lager or Dark Lager and listen to the live band in the buzzing bar downstairs.