iBrew Challenge 2015: 19th Sept

The annual iBrew Challenge is back, and we’ve been told it’ll take place on Saturday, the 19th of September from 3pm. This year, there should be about 40 different beers on tap to take, as well as the usual awards for the best bottled beers in five different categories. If you plan to submit a beer for the bottle competition, make sure to do it at iBrew by the 11th of September with your $7 entry free. Natasha and I will be bringing down two kegs for tasting. If you’re keen to pop by and drink all the homebrew you […]

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Who is Francis Khoo?

So just two weeks ago, I broke the story about Little Island Brewing Co. on Time Out Singapore and on this blog. One question that lingered though, was about its owner, Francis Khoo, and his involvement and passion for craft beer. Good Beer Company/Smith Street Taps’ Daniel Goh messaged me after the story went up to tell me that he was a regular at the Taps and that ‘he didn’t pop out of the blue’, and Eris V Andal from Thirsty in Holland Village left a comment on Craft Beer Lovers that Francis had been around to Thirsty. ‘He is very enthusiastic, […]

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Five things you wanted to know about Singapore’s newest microbrewery

Yupp, you’ve heard right. Singapore’s getting its 13th brewery when Little Island Brewing Co. opens next week. This one has been set up all the way on the eastern tip of the island at Changi Village, and I had a chance to pop by on Monday to go have a look around while they put the finishing touches on their sprawling, industrial-looking space. I wrote about their food and the beers they’ll serve when they first open for the blog at work, and you can read about it at this link. For you geeks interested in the beer though, I picked up […]

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Hydrometer issues

We always seem to have strange issues with our hydrometer measurements whenever we brew. I checked it out the other day and found out that the issue comes about from making hydrometer measurements at room temperature and at mash or boil temperatures. I know we should be making the temperature conversions from wort temperatures to room temperature and we have. But our plastic hydrometer seems to always give the similar  reading (within 0.015), no matter what the temperature the gravity is measured at. That’s really frustrating, don’t you think? For example, we measured the gravity of the wort at the […]

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The most experimental beer we’ve ever made

So this weekend we brewed a beer I’ve always wanted to brew for a private event. It had three things I’ve always wanted to put in a brew at one time, but I wasn’t sure if all these elements should be in a drink at one time. If you know me, you know I love sour beers – this isn’t one though. It’s meant to be a refreshing IPA. But the bitterness and residual sugar in IPAs can be tiring after a few beers, I wanted to take the best parts of some of the other IPAs and combine them to […]

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Black Death

We made our first homebrewed RIS – Russian Imperial Stout, not the bubonic plague that affected much of Europe. Black Death, we named it, because if you drank too much of it, you’re going to feel like you’ve contracted the black death the next morning – easy drinking stuff really ;) At 13% abv, it’s the most alcoholic beer we’ve ever made, though Bubblegum Belgian comes in a close second at 12.5%. I’m not a massive fan of the style, we’ve made it our aim to brew every style of beer, with only saisons left to conquer. The beer is […]

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Hello Taipei!

Elephant Mountain Taipei Taiwan

Nick and I took a pretty sudden trip out of town two weeks ago to Taiwan’s northern capital. I had a few remaining days of leave to clear, and we found some cheap tickets online via Tiger Airways that departed on a Wednesday afternoon. Naturally, we went in search of beer. Well, not only. Of course, there was Kavalan whiskey (Nick wrote about it here) and the food – which I unfortunately didn’t find too fantastic, given the breathless blog ‘reviews’ and return trips that a lot of my fellow Singaporeans make in the quest for their favourite street food. And oh yeah. Nick […]

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Where to drink craft beer in Taipei

Our list of the must-visit craft beer bars in the Taiwanese capital. Something Ales Best for a chilled night out I only found out about Something Ales towards the end of my last trip, and could only squeeze in an hour or so to visit the bar, late on the Sunday night before my flight out of Taipei. That hour turned into three when I started chatting with bar owner Arvin about craft beer in Taiwan and tasting his selection of American labels. I only got three hours of sleep before I had to get on a jet back home, […]

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Kavalan Distillery Visit

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Taiwan isn’t particularly known for distilling whiskey, but there’s one exception and that is Kavalan. I first got introduced to them, thanks to the people at La Maison du Whisky in Singapore, who started bringing in the spirit to our country. I also met its distillery consultant, Dr Jim Swan and master blender, Ian Chang, when they visited Singapore during last year’s Whisky Live.

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