Hello! How’s everyone been? Beerfest kicked off last week, but Nick and I had to unfortunately skip most of it. It was depressing, really, but we’ll tell you more in our next post, or the next time we meet. What ultimately turned out to be a highlight for us at this year’s festival though, was a fringe event that Hops Connect‘s Jon O’Connor (pictured, second from left) and Jonathan Lau from Munton’s (yupp, the malt guys!) put together for brewers and beer industry people.
It’s 6pm on a Thursday evening ahead of Easter Weekend and I’m thirsty. There’s a feeling of sweet liberation brought on by a long weekend in the air, and I’m ready to drink at Smith Street Taps. Set up by Brewers’ Craft Meng Chao and The Good Beer Company‘s Daniel Goh, the pair and their team have a busy night of the craft beer loyal all taking turns to pay homage to the kopitiam taproom ahead. Meng Chao and Daniel have been staging tap takeovers for the geeky and the keen learner to expand their knowledge of the who’s who […]
I promise this one will be short. :) Our trip to Copenhagen wasn’t just about Mikkeller bars. I am, however, kicking myself a little for not exploring more of the craft beer scene outside of the powerhouse brand. We did, however, make it out to Fermentoren, a hidden away beer bar in the vicinity of the Meat Packing District of Vesterbro in Copenhagen.
We take a break now from the recount of our trip to Copenhagen and the UK to bring you this helpful guide on how to get beer shipped into Singapore. :) I haven’t quite told anyone (not even Nick) but I’ve been constantly stalking the Mikkeller and other craft beer e-shops online, hoping to see To Øl’s Baltic Frontier surface again for me to buy crates and crates of.
The older of the two Mikkeller bars in Copenhagen, our second stop on the craft beer tour was to Mikkeller’s smaller Viktoriagade bar. The walk to this one was slightly less tranquil than the one to Stefansgade.
We finally made our trip out to Copenhagen, and the first place I was dying to see was a Mikkeller bar – I say ‘a’, because they have two bars, though the newer one on Stefansgade (Mikkeller & Friends) is more a bottle shop AND bar, but more on that later. After a rather underwhelming (and expensive) dinner at the Claus Meyer co-owned, Singaporean cuisine nam nam restaurant, our Danish pal Adam navigated us through the city’s quiet Winter streets and public transportation system to get us to Mikkeller & Friends. It took a bit of walking from the main […]
Forgive us for not tending to this blog in awhile. No, it hasn’t been relegated quite to the back of our minds – there were so many weekends I just wanted to sit down and just bang out some words about how the industry is growing here in Singapore, and our thoughts on the newer developments in the local craft brew scene, but the end of last year was a whirlwind of busy-ness both for Nick and I. Besides having to get on with work (Nick’s just about finished working on his thesis – yay him! – and I had […]
Looking back at the blog posts we’ve done about our homebrew meetups, we realised that there was a gap in our coverage of the September event held at Vivon’s and Eric’s place. It wasn’t that we procrastinated and hence forgotten to write about it (that sadly, is sometimes the case), but how it all transpired turned out to be a largely unmemorable affair. Don’t get me wrong. Functionally, it had some of the qualities of a good meetup. Vivon made awesome meatball subs, the brewers among us brought by beers to be judged and sampled, and of course, our friends […]
Singapore’s growing obsession for good food has seen a legion of master chefs pop by for pricey dinners, masterclasses and general schmoozing – craft beer stars, on the other hand, not so much. We were lucky though, to have brewers from two craft breweries leading the charge for the global craft beer movement pop by the city in a span of two weeks.
The October (or in German, Oktober) homebrew meetup was a BBQ to celebrate the great German festival of Oktoberfest. The festival usually involves 20,000 sweaty people in a tent getting blind drunk on Maerzen beers, which is basically a more malty darker larger. So our theme this month was for everybody to try and recreate this style. To celebrate Oktoberfest we decided to have a BBQ. We managed to work with Meng Chao at Brewer’s Craft (it’s one of the few bottle shops in Singapore that serves good craft beer) to set up at the communal pit outside his shop […]