Love craft beer and want to #supportlocal? Hit these local breweries for some absolutely unique Singaporean craft beers.
Fans of craft beer in Singapore have lots to celebrate since the movement has absolutely taken off – even non-specialist bars and alcohol delivery services often stock a couple of unique brews that you won’t find at most supermarkets in Singapore. While most of these are American and British craft beers, Singaporean breweries have been crafting some particularly interesting brews of their own. Want to get a taste of crafty local lagers and stunning saisons? Here’s a round-up of our favourite Singapore craft beer breweries.
Founded way, way back in 1997, Brewerkz was a pioneer of the microbrew movement in Singapore. The bar-restaurant concept offers six unique beers referencing British, European, and American styles. My personal favourite? The dark, creamy oatmeal stout that offers notes of chocolate, coffee and a bold roasted malt flavour. Fans of lighter beers can opt for the dry and lightly hoppy German pilsner.
Brewerkz, four locations.
The Archipelago Brewery has quite a storied history. The brewery first opened its doors in 1933 under the German brewery, Becks, before being seized by the British in WWII. Decades later in 2006, it reopened under Singaporean owners and began brewing small batches of craft beers. Regular offerings include the Irish ale, Summer IPA (perfect for our weather), the Bohemian lager, and the Belgian wit. Their most exciting offering however, is its newest Singapore Blonde ale. Its latest release is brewed with crushed calamansi and pandan leaves for a crisp, refreshing taste that’s unique among local craft beers.
Archipelago Brewery, visit website for stockists.
These guys get loads of attention (especially on Saint Patrick’s Day) for their brightly coloured Green Monster lager. While green beer might seem like a gimmick, the folks behind RedDot BrewHouse are serious about their craft. In addition to the Green Monster, the brew house offers six other brews (Czech pilsner, RedDot lime wheat, weizen, English ale, Summer ale, Kölsch) as well as a seasonal brew. The mastermind behind these beers and ales is Brewmaster Ernest Ng, who brings to the taps over a decade of homebrewing experience.
Perched 33 floors above the city, in the penthouse of the Marina Bay Financial Centre, you’ll find the world’s highest craft brewery. While taking in the view, you’ll get to savour the bar’s selection of beers including the blond lager, India pale ale, stout, house porter and the wheat beer – all brewed based on time-tested recipes.
LeVeL33, 8 Marina Boulevard #33-01, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, Singapore 018981, p. 6834 3133
The 1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant
Boasting charmingly run-down digs and a cosy dive bar setting, this unpretentious brewery serves up stellar brews with some really stylish bottle designs. Dive right into the Blk 622 – a bold beer featuring double malted barley with a hint of caramel brewed at a very sessionable 5.25%, or go for something a little more exotic and try the sharp, ginger-flavoured General.
The 1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant, 369 Jalan Besar Singapore 208997, p. 6294 9215. Open Mon-Sat 10am-12am, Sun 10am-10pm.
Little Island Brewing Company
While its location is hardly convenient (if you don’t live near Changi), a trip to Little Island Brewing Company is more than worthwhile if you like adventurous craft brews. On tap, you’ll find brews like the heady 7.8% ABV oaked stock ale to a light European style golden ale with floral notes. Want something truly Singaporean? Pour a pint of the Singapore Pale Ale, an oak matured IPA with a mild flowery and woody aroma that lingers with a bitter and dry finish. All beers at Little Island are also unpasteurised and unfiltered.
Little Island Brewing Co., #01-01/02, 6 Changi Village, Singapore 509907, p. 6543 9100. Open Mon-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, Sun 11am-11pm.
I love a ridiculously hoppy double IPA as much as any other hophead, but there are times I’d rather have a more, climate-appropriate beer (don’t roll your eyes, that’s a thing) that isn’t a supermarket lager. The beer-loving folks at Innocence Brewing have put their focus towards smooth, easy-drinking brews that are made with Singapore’s climate (and cuisine) in mind. On the menu, you’ll find refreshing beers like the fruity Citrus Crush IPA and the refreshing Wayward Wheat. But that’s not to say they don’t explore more robust brews – grab a pint of their Calamity Coffee Ale for something a little out of the ordinary.
Innocence Brewing, #01-02 CES Centre, 171 Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169877; Open weekdays 8am-10pm, weekdays 10am-5pm.
While Hospoda may be a Singaporean brewery, the speciality here is Czech Pilsen. Sure, you can always grab a bottle of Pilsner Urquel, but having freshly brewed Czech lager is quite an experience. Despite it being a European beer, this crisp, dry style is perfect to cool off with in our weather.
Hospoda, #01-19, 180 Albert Street, Singapore 189971, p. 8118 4677. Open daily 4pm-12am.
Brewlander & Co.
Co-owned by television host Allan Wu and former radio DJ Daniel Ong, Brewlander & Co is Singapore’s first gypsy brewery (a brewery that ‘borrows’ the facilities of another brewery to brew their own beers). Right now, Brewlander offers four bottled beers – the Courage double IPA, the Love wild IPA, the Hope summer ale, and the Pride saison. While Brewlander doesn’t have a bar, its beers are available at various craft beer bars and distributers like Freehouse and Thirsty.
Brewlander & Co, see website for stockists.