Brewing in Singapore

One man's adventure of brewing beer in Asia.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Beer Fest !! (!!!)

"Putting on a beer festival, that's just like throwing a big party" or so people keep telling my friend Tom. Yeah, much like to make great beer you just gotta boil some grain, beer festivals are that easy. Well, not really. But there is a grain of truth in that thought - to be able to put on a good beer festival you have to know how to throw a good party - and in that sense the Singapore Beer Festival (SBF) has got it right. The three guys most responsible for this upcoming event (Irvin, Matt and his brother Tom) have a good party sense. They know the essentials; Good entertainment (music, dancing, a guy to crack a few jokes), nice food and most importantly a whole lotta interesting things to quench the thirst. The beer line-up for SBF promises to pique the interest of even the most discerning beer connoisseurs. Matt and Irvin went all over the world to procure the beers for this event. There will be over 300 beer from over 50 countries across six continents (what, no more beers from Antarctica ?) . It's a pretty amazing list, especially for their first year out.

So - the bottom line; even if they make a few minor mistakes and forget a few of the small, small beer fest details (note: next year order more portable toilets, don't hire the biker gang for back stage security, and #@*! sake - ban the Durian beer!) they will definitely have the key elements covered.

Go see for yourself October 2 thrugh 5 at Fort Canning Park. Over 300 beers from around the world, packed with great entertainment from a cast of international and local artists, (live music, DJs and stand-up comedians some more) and plenty of good Makan. Check it all out ahead of time at

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At 11:22 PM, Blogger Dav said...

You sir, are a God among men!

I've just found my fav Singapore blog ever!

As you may know, home beer brewing (or any other brewing) isn't really a big thing here in South East Asia. I myself have been trying to get my hands on some brewer's yeast but no luck so far locally.

Might drop by when I'm in Singapore and see if I can get my hands on it there.

Keep up the home brew / beer brewing blog!


At 2:07 AM, Blogger kennhyn said...

dude, how come u can go to all this cool beer event? Is this your line of work, if u don't mind can visit my blog and leave some advice?

At 8:23 PM, Blogger Fal Allen said...

Hi - thank you both for your kind Comments. Yes I make beer for a living (I am a very lucky man) and I do so in Singapore (making me even luckier). If you are in Singapore and would like to visit the brewery just give us a call. If you want to meet other brewers attend a Hm Brew club meeting -

At 10:06 PM, Blogger Dav said...

Would I ever!

Sadly I don't have plans (or projects) in Singapore for now, but I'll look you up when I do.

Being from Malaysia, Singapore would be the closest I'd come to home-brewing.

Likewise, if you're in Kuala Lumpur, drop me a line

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Malcolm said...

Indeed the Singapore Beer Festival was a well organised event. We were one of the exhibitors, offering our 100% pure draught beers from the Grand Ridge Brewery (The booth was operated by The Prince of Wales pub whom import directly Grand Ridge beers in Singapore)
Sadly, the organisers did not re-imburse us the "coupons" we collected from customers. (The public purchased coupons at approximately S$10 each. The exhibitors would receive S$5 redemption per coupon). In summary, We will NOT be participating in the 2009 event.
Regards, Malcolm Davies.
Director Prince of Wales P/L


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