Singapore’s food culture is huge enough to eclipse its drinking culture somewhat, but that doesn’t mean that beer and wine lovers will go wanting on this sunny island. With a number of wine bars, microbreweries and even beer and wine appreciation courses springing up all over Singapore, you’ll never be short of things to do if you’re looking for a beer or wine related evening.
Home-grown microbreweries like Red Dot, The Pump Room, Paulaner Bräuhaus and Brewerkz lead the way in the beer scene in Singapore. These chains, feature the freshest handcrafted beer with signature flavours you won’t find anywhere else. It’s not just the major chains, but also several smaller boutique microbreweries that serve excellent beer made in-house. There’s nothing quite like spending a tropical evening sampling fresh beer along with mouth-watering local and international cuisine, so be sure to check out Singapore’s microbreweries when you’re in town.
Although Singapore doesn’t produce wine, expect to find wine imported from major growing regions of the world, and a few lesser-known ones. Chains like Wine Connection have made good wine more affordable and accessible, and many similar wine bars provide a large variety of wine with cheese, finger food and tapas. For those who’d like to go deeper, there are organisations that offer detailed explorations of beer and wine, with tastings and courses. You can find everything from a craft beer tasting evening, to full-fledged wine appreciation courses that span a couple of weeks.
Singapore’s greatest contribution to the beer and wine industry is, of course, Tiger beer. Launched in 1932, it has since spread all over the world. This slightly sweet, fresh lager is the perfect accompaniment to spicy Singaporean street food — expect to see it everywhere from bars to hawker centres. The Tiger Brewery tours allows you to learn the brewing process, explore the brewery, and experience a beer appreciation session, and be entertained with Tiger trivia. In fact, the “It’s Time for a Tiger” advertising tagline was the inspiration for the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name.
So don’t overlook a glass of wine or a cool, refreshing beer the next time you’re sampling some of Singapore’s famous cuisine!