Beerfest Asia 2016 Guide
The eighth annual Beerfest Asia 2016 promises to be bigger and better than ever before with over 500 different brews of commercial beers, craft beers and ciders from all over the world. This weekend expects to see over 34,000 people attend the festival grounds to sample the wide variety of brews and enjoy the largest line-up of live entertainment in Beerfest Asia’s history with over 30 live entertainment acts. If you are an avid football fan, you won’t have to worry about missing any of the Euro Cup matches because they are showcased on a big screen in the heart of the festival grounds.
17th June (Friday): 6:00pm – 2:00am
18th June (Saturday): 3:00pm – 2:00am
19th June (Sunday): 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Here are my top recommendations of must-try beers if you are planning to attend this year’s festival:
This year Tiger Beer is showcasing three different varieties to its traditional lager: Tiger Fresh Draught, Tiger White, and Tiger Black. The Fresh Draught is unique because it is chilled immediately after it is brewed – it’s one of the best Tiger Beer’s I have ever had in my life. Tiger White is a citrus, smooth, light wheat beer, with the same alcohol content as the traditional lager but a little cloudier. Tiger Black is a rusty amber lager brewed with black rice giving it more of a darker, IPA-like taste; at 5.9 percent you’ll definitely feel a little more of a kick.
This was one of my favorite beers I sampled yesterday! The beer is brewed with English pale ale hops and distilled in aged bourbon barrels for seven to nine weeks. It’s a hybrid Irish red ale with hints of caramel, vanilla, and oak. I’ve never tasted a beer like this before and absolutely loved the sweetness and richness you taste from the hints of bourbon left over.
The RedDot Brewhouse is an independent craft brewery founded in 2007 by Mr. Ernest Ng and is now one of the leading craft breweries in Singapore. It’s RedDot India Pale Ale won the "Best of Singapore" category at this year’s Asia Beer Awards so definitely check it out. I would also recommend the white ale, wine infused Sauvignon Ale, which usually makes an appeareance on RedDot's menus during Christmas.
THE 1925 MICROBREWERY & RESTAURANT
The well-regarded 1925 Microbrewery & Restaurant has four 600-liter vats on their site and is responsible for producing all six of the gastro pub’s resident beers. I’d recommend trying the Yellow Van (4.5%) and Smash Bomb Atomic IPA, which has hints of citrus. The microbrewery and restaurant is a family run business named after the year EK Yeo’s grandfather was born. The name of each brew has a unique story behind it – for example, the Yellow Van was given its name because EK’s grandfather used to drive a yellow van as a fruit grocer back in the day. Six Twenty Two was named afer the HDB block that EK’s grandfather used to live in. Find out more by asking EK to elaborate on the history behind each of their tasty beers!
STÅRKER FRISCHE BIER
This authentic fresh brew revives an old-world style of beer drinking in the modern vibrancy of life. Retaining the German tradition of beer drinking, beers are stored in barrels for consumption, and a wooden mallet is used to drive a metal tap into the barrel to dispense the beer. The company doesn’t bottle any of its beers to preserve its freshness and is usually kept and drank within seven days. Its Starkel Dunkel won bronze in the "Dark/Dunkel Weizen" category at this year’s Asia Beer Awards so you should definitely try it. I also recommend the Lychee flavored beer, which has been very popular amongst ladies for its sweet, tart, and fruity taste.
Wunderbar boasts a fine brewing heritage that dates back to 1308 AD. Their premium draft brews of Wheat White, Wheat Dark, Premium Pilsner, and Alcohol-Free are all produced using natural ingredients and the highest quality standards. Their brew is one of the few that is carbonized in boxes after drafting. Its ABK Rose won Silver in the "Flavoured Beers" category at this year’s Asia Beer Awards.
GOSNELS LONDON MEAD
Tom Gosnell, an avid home brewer whos hobby later turned into an obsession, formed Gosnels London Mead in 2013. He employs traditional brewing methods and blends carefully sourced citrus blossom honey and water to create a new style of mead that is very different from the typical meads on the market. The sweetness from the honey isn’t overpowering and is balanced beautifully to create a very unique blend of flavor.
Named after the famous Australian Cockatoo, Cockies beer is made in small batches with passion and wonderful ingredients. Its Cockies Ocean Road Pale Ale won Silver in the "Pale/Amber Ale" category at this year’s Asia Beer Awards. If you are a fan of IPA, you will definietly enjoy this beer.