Since we’re all sweltering in the searing Singapore heat, there’s nothing more gratifying than to chug down icy-chilled beer to cool us down. From hidden bars to microbreweries, it’s time to step away from Tiger and explore the world of craft beers. Because really, you have to agree that quality shouldn’t be compromised, especially when it comes to this yeasty brew.
Mikkeller Bar Singapore
Brought to us by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, this excellent Danish microbrewery and craft beer spot can also be found in cities like Bangkok and Tokyo. Since moving to its new home on Purvis Street, they’ve been putting up 25 rotating taps of Mikkeller standards (think the Are You Shore? Brut IPA and Singapore exclusive Bugis Brown) Got a thing for wine? Try the Beer Geek Riesling, Mikkeller’s fresh and fruity take on wine. PRices start from S$8 for 200ml.
If craft beers inspired by the culinary culture of Hong Kong are your kind of thing, then The Guild is for you. A collaboration between Hong Kong’s Young Master Brewery and Chef Vinny Lauria, you’ll only find beers from the brewery here, but boy do they have a range to offer. Among the most popular brews are the sour-style sour and salty Cha Chaan Teng Gose and Another One Session Ale. Delivered with old fashioned hospitality and warmth, the food selection includes piggy Brawn Terrine and General Tso’s Frog Legs, inspired by the American-Chinese dish.
The Guild is located at 55 Keong Saik Rd, #01-01, Singapore 089158, p. +65 9042 3900. Open Opens Mon-Sat 12pm – 12am, Sun 3pm -12am.
Smith Street Taps
Now that the lengthy renovation at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre, Smith Street Taps is bigger and better than ever with an international lineup of 12 taps, showcasing stuff from Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company, Gweilo Beer, and Rocky Ridge at present. With beers starting at a guilt-free S$9 a pint, you can bet the offerings change quickly. What’s more, the owners just opened sister stall Smith Street Taps & Friends just a few numbers down, dedicating eight taps to local breweries like Brewlander & Co., Daryl’s Urban Ales, Lion City Meadery, Rye & Pint Brewery, and That Singapore Beer Project.
Smith Street Taps is located at Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith St, #02-062, Singapore 050335, p. +65 9430 2750. Opens Mon-Thur 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Fri 5pm – 11pm and Sat 2pm – 10.30pm. Closed Suns.
Tucked away in the institutional dining enclave CHIJMES lies this craft beer bar with 16 rotating taps. Almost Famous is minimalistic in its design and approach, and there’s nothing too fussy here as you sip a pint of session-able brews from popular breweries locally and beyond, including Pasteur Street Brewing Company (Vietnam), Pirate Life Brewing (Australia), BrewDog (Scotland), Young Master Brewery (Hong Kong) and the local Brewlander & Co.
Almost Famous is located at 30 Victoria St, #01-06, Singapore 187996, p. +65 9772 1787. Opens Mon-Sat 3pm – 12am, and Sun 1pm – 10pm.
Everything about BUNKERBUNKER screams artsy fartsy, and that’s hardly surprising considering that the bar is situated at the trendy Prinsep Street. Carrying craft brews from over 15 countries such as Denmark and Belgium, look forward to beers like Jester King’s Vague Recollection, a farmhouse ale aged on the pomace from Syrah & Sangiovese grapes, as well as Twilight Oblivion, a Baltic Porter from the same brewery in Austin, Texas.
BUNKERBUNKER is located at 120A Prinsep St, Singapore 187937, p. +65 9182 1246. Opens Sun-Tue 11am – 10.30pm, and Wed-Sat 11am – 12am.
For those wanting to get away from the hectic city crowd, head over to the Botanic Gardens vicinity for OrhGao Taproom’s 10 rotating taps. It shares the same space as Killiney Kopitiam, but once dusk falls, the coffee shop is transformed to a lively bar with a great range of local, regional, and international brews. The Zeffer Apple Crumble Cider (S$11/S$15) and Longboard Island Lager (S$8/S$12) are always great pick-me-ups, best complemented with bar grub like har cheong gai (S$11).
OrhGao Taproom is located at 10 Jln Serene, #01-03 Serene Centre, Singapore 258748, p. +65 9070 5911. Opens Tue-Thur 4pm – 11pm, Fri-Sat 4pm – 12am, and Sun 12pm – 11pm. Closed Mons.
The dazzling neon sign leading up to Freehouse states ‘stairway to heaven’, and they’re not kidding. This pioneering craft beer den features 18 taps of glorious experimental brews from all over, like the Heretic Chocolate Hazelnut Porter (S$12) and Zeffer Cider Cherry Bomb (S$11.50). They also have a list of bottled beers and ciders should you not find what you like on tap. Oozing laid-back vibes, knock back a few pints and tuck into a decent grub menu of bacon tempura and cereal frog legs.
Freehouse is located at 21A Boon Tat St, Singapore 069620, e. email@example.com. Opens Mon-Sat 5pm – 12am. Closed Suns.
Little Island Brewing Co
All the way out in Changi, Little Island Brewing Co is one of Singapore’s first microbreweries. It’s a little far, but if you’re looking to have fun under the star-filled skies along with live music, this is it. Serving only their own craft beers, you’ll want to gulp down a their famous Black Milk Nitro Chocolate Milk Stout, because plain stout just isn’t enough anymore. In comparison, the Four Letter Worts Light Ale is a lot easier to drink, with ripe fruit in the mouth and a soft finish. Being a smokehouse as well, their tantalising 15-hour smoked beef brisket is well worth it.
Little Island Brewing Co is located at 6 Changi Village Rd, #01-01/02, Singapore 509907, p. +65 6543 9100. Opens Mon-Thur 12pm – 11pm, Fri 12pm – 12am, Sat 11am – 12am, and Sun 11am – 11pm.
Good Luck Beerhouse
Good Luck Beerhouse is all about the local craft beer scene, and they ensure at least half of their taps are reserved for Singapore brews. With 12 taps and over 50 labels of bottled beers, ciders, and other alcoholic beverages from the world over at any given time, this Haji Lane joint is usually packed with aficionados and tourists looking for a cold one. After all, it’s one of the few places on this list to open as early as noon. Fresh off the boat are names like Kurtz’s Insane IPA from Heart of Darkness in Vietnam and beers from local brewer Daryl’s Urban Ales.
Good Luck Beerhouse is located at 9 Haji Lane, Singapore 189202, p. +65 6391 9942. Opens daily 12pm – 12am.
Taking over the first floor of the Chinese Druggist Association, this cosy oriental-inspired establishment features 23 taps on rotation and an assortment of cocktails, wines, and meads. Oh, and hearty Asian bar grub too. Voted in 2016 as Singapore’s Best Beer Bar, they’re currently pouring brews such as Mikkeller’s Træblod Imperial Stout, brewed with maple syrup and coffee, and Rye & Pint’s Blue Belly, a blueberry sour ale that’s refreshing as heck.
Druggists is located at 119 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207547, p. +65 6341 5967. Opens Mon-Thur 4pm – 12am, Fri 4pm – 1.30am, Sat 4pm – 12.30am, and Sun 2pm – 10pm.
Pink Blossoms Brewing
Raise your glass to all things beautiful with big, bold flavours by Pink Blossoms Brewing, a Singapore microbrewery that poured its first pint for the public in August 2018. Beers on tap at the moment in their taproom include the tropical double-dry hopped Pink Blossoms No. 5 and the recently-introduced Citra Galaxy IPA. The flagship Hundred Years Milk Stout is also a must-try. Be sure to sneak a peek into the production floor through a live-viewing window at the back.
Pink Blossoms Brewing is located at 50 Ubi Ave 3, #01-12, Singapore 408866, p. +65 6612 0215. Opens Mon-Fri 5pm – 11pm, and Sat-Sun 2pm – 11pm.
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