Note [Jul 3]: Little Island Brewing Co announced on their Facebook page that they're still waiting on their liquor license to dispense alcohol, but will continue to serve food and their house made sodas in the meantime.
Yes, Beerfest this week will give your tastebuds more flavours than it can handle, but if you're looking for a brand new, off-the-beaten-path drinking spot, make your way to Changi.
Set up by a group of four locals that includes first-time F&B entrepreneur Francis Khoo, Little Island Brewing Co is the city's newest brew-pub with its own gleaming tanks showcased behind metal-framed windows. The sprawling 5,000 sq ft space is taken care of by f&b veteran, Darren Hilditch, in a bungalow-like building behind the Changi Village Food Centre. Outfitted like an industrial-cool beer garden, the bar opts for screed concrete for counters and swirly, raw communal wood tables and benches for seating.
The main draw, however, is still another two months in the making. The brew rooms won't start chugging until construction of the space is complete, but Steve Spinney, Little Island's consultant brewer, aims to deploy his experience running Storm Beer in Bali in a line-up that might include pale, golden and Scottish red ales, a wheat beer and a stout – all poured on tap. The beers are designed to cater to a wide audience of drinkers, from those looking for a refreshing brew for the seaside location, to those who prefer their beers with a good kick of malt and hops.
For now, Little Island's DIY DrinkCommand system – you pay for your beers like you would your bus fare, then pour your own beer at the bar – dispenses British brews such as Adnams and Beavertown, as well as Tuatara and Stoke from New Zealand. Housemade colas, apple spritzers, and beer hop sodas whipped up in the kitchen cater to teetotallers.
The kitchen, run by ex-hotel executive chef John Edwards, turns out crispy lamb breasts, pork belly and smoked briskets ($12-$16/100g), all licked by jarrah wood and applewood smoke at the open kitchen that dominates one end of the sprawling space.
Little Island Brewing Co opens July 2 at #01-01/02, Blk 6 Changi Village Rd. See their Facebook page for more info.