Time flies so fast – it seems not so long we were tasting great beers at the iBrew Challenge last year. This sixth edition started for us by delivering our keg contributions to the show by 1pm for them to be tasted and shortlisted for public judging.
So sometime back in March, we had Jerome Lee and Jeri Chua, a freelance writer and photographer from the very dapper Esquire Singapore come brew two beers with us for a story. The awesome piece chronicling his first-hand experience making a brew is now in the September issue of the magazine! See under the cut for photos of the gorgeous pages, and more about the beer we made for Jerome and the Esquire crew.
It’s certainly an exciting time to be a homebrewer in Singapore – we’re just about coming down from the high of this year’s iBrew challenge and now us moonshine makers have a new homebrew store to shop at.
As you may have read in our previous post, we are the proud owners of two oak barrels. Natasha spoke to a bunch of local bartenders like Joe Alessandroni from 28HKS and Manhattan’s Ricky Paiva (have you seen their room full of barrels? That place is something else!) and learned that the barrels need to be conditioned before stuff goes in and the magic happens.
After looking on enviously at our homebrewing friends, Dave and Sandy’s barrel-aging kits, we gave in and ordered ourselves a couple of barrels to age beers in!
Our good friends at Thirsty are now making every Friday night from 7pm homebrew night. This means you can take your homebrews down to Thirsty at Liang Court every Friday and share them with Roland, Jasper and Evonne down there to get feedback on them. You can also share them with other craft beer connoisseurs that might be enjoying a bottle from the extensive range of craft beers they stock.
Hi! How’s the long weekend working for you guys? Jamie (check out his newish homebrew blog!), Nick and I are spending Saturday and Sunday at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, spreading the word of homebrewing to a geeky and cute kid audience also here to learn about 3D printing, leather bag making, robotics and kitty cat ears that flap about, its Japanese maker says, by sensing his brain waves from prods placed against his forehead. Err, okay!
As promised in our last post, we got in touch with Raymond at iBrew and he’s replied really swiftly with news about the judges and evaluation process for iBrew this year.
Back for yet another year of homebrewer showboating and fun camaraderie over beers made in home kitchens across the city, the iBrew Challenge is back again on 30 August, 2-7pm. This year, it pitches tent again at the grass field just outside the homebrew store and Meng Chao’s bottle shop, Brewers’ Craft.
Natasha, myself and our Homebrew Club friends will be at Singapore Mini Makers Faire on the 26th and the 27th of July at the Senja Cashew Community Centre in Bukit Panjang. There, we will be showing of some of our equipment, and hopefully brewing a mini full mash brew so people can see the process and what it involves. Unfortunately, we won’t be allowed to give out tasters of our beer as the organisers are not allowing it, but hey, if you really want to try our beers, drop us a message and we’ll have you over for a meeting. […]