Singapore has many, many restaurants serving all kinds of cuisine for all kinds of budgets and tastes. It’s only fitting that they grow their drink scene to be as extensive. Singapore has seen a huge increase in craft beer. Here are 6 great places to get a tasty brew.
On returning to Singapore after spending 10 years in San Diego and Michigan, Ms Keira Herr and her husband missed the huge variety of craft beers available in the United States.
Tired of being “severely deprived”, Ms Herr and a friend decided to set up Draft & Craft, a southern Californian restaurant and craft beer joint in Circular Road.
Besides Californian food staples such as tacos and grilled cheese sandwiches, it serves artisanal beers brewed in small batches in the US.
In southern California, Ms Herr, 32, says bars with more than 20 types of craft beers are common, practically “on every street corner”.
She adds: “Comparatively, the scene is still very underdeveloped in Singapore.”
Well, the Singapore craft beer scene is certainly on its way.
The words “15 Craft Beers” plastered across a brightly lit signboard are hard to miss while cruising by Thomson Road, even with beer goggles on.
With 15 craft beers on tap, patrons can have their pick of flavour profiles, from nutty and sweet with Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar (from $7) from the United States to sour with Wild Beer Modus Operandi (from $8) from England.
Even the grub is doused in craft beers such as India pale ale. Chomp on the 510 Burger ($16), which comes with beer-candied bacon and beer barbecue sauce, or satisfy your sweet tooth with Doctor’s Orders ($12), a waffle saturated with beer and topped with almond nougatine and vanilla bean ice cream.
Where: 01-06, 273 Thomson Road
Open: 11am to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday), 11am to 1am (Friday and Saturday)
Tel: Call 6256-0261
Prefer to nurse a glass of craft beer in a cafe setting and eat an all-day brunch with students and hipsters? Then Working Title is the place to go.
Reminiscent of cafes in Melbourne with its mismatched vintage furniture and open courtyard, Working Title is as much about the craft beers as it is about the coffee.
Between 30 and 40 craft beers are available, ranging from BrewDog Punk IPA ($11) to imperial stout Evil Twin Yin ($16) and fruit beer Lindemans Apple ($10).
Where: 48 Arab Street
Open: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to midnight (Friday and Saturday)
With a name like Druggists, images of individuals in white laboratory coats measuring medical prescriptions might spring to mind. Instead, spiffily dressed staff pour 23 craft beers, all on tap, sourced from cult breweries such as Mikkeller from Denmark and De Struise Brouwers from Belgium at the bar in Jalan Besar.
The beers on tap change weekly so there is a new flavour to sample each visit, from sea buckthorn (Baltic Frontier, from $9) to chocolate (Black Ball, from $9). Complementing the tipple are local bites such as coffee pork ribs ($9) and sambal fish ($10).
Where: 119 Tyrwhitt Road
Open: 4pm to midnight (Tuesday to Friday), 2pm to midnight (Saturday), 2 to 11pm (Sunday), closed on Monday
Get a taste of California at the restaurant and craft beer bar where the owners are all about replicating the laid-back feel found in San Diego bars.
Craft beer enthusiasts and newbies alike can have their pick from quirky beers, such as Mongozo Banana ($15), to more robust ones, such as the Dead Guy Ale ($17), which is available on tap.
Besides the six to eight beers on tap, the bar also stocks more than 15 bottled craft beers, while the restaurant dishes out classic Californian fare such as grilled cheese sandwiches and tacos.
Where: 31 Circular Road
Open: Noon to midnight (Monday to Thursday), noon to 1am (Friday), 4pm to 1am (Saturday), closed on Sunday
Situated within Orto leisure park in Yishun, the bistro-bar is the ideal getaway for those who want to kick back with a glass of brewski in casual weekend garb.
Accompanying Western fare, dimsum and local bites is an extensive selection of more than 20 international bottled craft beer labels, including American fruit beer Abita Purple Haze ($10++).
Where: 1-10, 81 Lorong Chencharu
Open: 11am to 3am daily
A long wooden bar top, untouched vintage walls and four giant steel tanks – you might think you have stumbled into a 1920s speakeasy.
The highlight of this place is no doubt its six in-house craft beers, of which two are on tap at any one time, while the three remaining taps are dedicated to artisanal concoctions from places such as the United States, Britain and Japan.
Order a pint of its Small Monster (from $7++), an India pale ale of robust hoppy goodness, or the limited-edition Manuka Stout, with hints of coffee and Manuka honey, which is on tap once every quarter.
Where: 369 Jalan Besar
Open: 10am to midnight (Monday to Saturday), 10am to 10pm (Sunday)
And don’t forget to try these watering holes!
By Gurveen Kaur, The Straits Times, May 15, 2015
Photo: Courtesy Draft & Craft Facebook page.