The best microbreweries in Singapore

Our top recommendations for the best microbreweries in town

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Though its self-proclaimed accolade of ‘highest urban craft brewery in the world’ is a little dubious – Mexico City and its nascent beer industry is already 2,250-metres above sea level – but Italian brewer Gabriel Garcia’s beers are a good pairing for the front row views of the Singapore River, CBD, Esplanade and the Marina Bay Sands. The brews unfortunately don’t pour cheap. Wheat is strong in banana flavour and refreshing like the Blonde Lager, which also packs a fruity, bready finish (from $9.33/half pint until 8pm, $12.33/half pint after 8pm), and the bar’s array of five brews are also available in a tasting flight of 100ml glasses ($20.33).

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Marina Bay
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The Pump Room

Not just a hit with the dancey cougar types, The Pump Room’s hand-crafted brews cooked up on-site at the back of its Clarke Quay bar is lauded among the craft beer serious for its bolder-than-most flavouring. Its take on the India Pale Ale is one of the bolder renditions of the traditionally sea-faring style, once loaded with hops to survive the journey from Britain to colonial India. Brewmaster Hayman Tin uses a schedule of fragrant Pacific jade, cascade, chinook, centennial and galaxy hops to unleash a good balance of maltiness, bitterness and fruity notes in the brew, but go early in the evening if you’re there to thoughtfully sip on the beer – prices go up ($10/pint to $14.50/pint) closer to party ‘o’ clock.

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Clarke Quay
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Archipelago

Brewed by British brewmaster Robert Beck in Tuas, Archipelago is trucked out to nine concept bars islandwide, including The Queen & Mangosteen. This Asia Pacific Breweries’ craft beer-ish offshoot caters to a wide range of beer tastes with its four stable brews and occasional limited edition releases. Beck deploys more hops than in your regular fizzy, yellow water. Brews like the orange peel and banana-reminiscent Belgian Wit, and the fruit-forward Bohemian Lager are good entry-level beers, while the more bitter-hoppy Summer Ale and malty-backboned Irish Red appeal to the more enlightened craft brew drinker.

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Harbourfront
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Beerfest

Singapore’s newest microbrewery in a bungalow isn’t related to the annual F1 Pit Building sloshfest. After successfully tapping their multi-hued fizzies in Pattaya and in Chinese border-flanking Khabarovsk in eastern Russia, Beerfest’s Rochester Park outpost houses an impressive array of fermentation tanks that lay in wait to dispense its Light Queen Lager, Golden Wheat, Amber Sun and Men in Stout. The Queen’s a refreshing, slightly sweeter, malty Tiger-like brew with a good kick of hoppy spice, while the Stout packs a good mouthful of roast in a sultry glass. Half pints pour at an incredibly cheap $6.50 a glass, and pints at $9, and you get a blast from the 90s past with its Vengaboys-like Eurodance piped stridently into the sprawling garden seating here.

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Buona Vista
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Blue Bali Brewhaus

The city’s most innovatively flavoured artisanal beers are also one of the hardest to find. Tucked on the edge of the Botanic Gardens at the back of NUS’ Bukit Timah Campus, this nanobrewery, shares its premises with Gillman Village’s Villa Bali reincarnate, Blue Bali. To match the Asian-fusion cuisine served up at the restaurant, brewer/owner Richard Wellerschoff cleverly throws in red dragon fruit in his Pink Mamba to give his wheat beer a rosy hue and bit of zing, and brews limited edition batches for the taste adventurous like his ‘hopped over-the-top’ Nelson Sauvin.

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Botanic Gardens

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