Singapore’s no slouch when it comes to locally-made alcohol. From gin with a local spin to craft breweries whipping up their own pilsners, the Lion City has a host of fine establishments that’ll make alcohol aficionados merry. Check out what’s brewing below.
While purists may find the notion of a green-tinted beer a little peculiar, RedDot BrewHouse has been churning out gallons of its signature lagers and ales for decades.
The aforementioned green-tinted beer—known as the Monster Green Lager—is made infused with spirulina, which is said to be nutrient-dense and have various health benefits. This beer is just one of more than a dozen different lagers, pilsners and seasonal flavours made at RedDot BrewHouse’s state-of-the-art facility at Dempsey Hill.
Housed in Tanglin Barracks, which was first built in 1860, RedDot BrewHouse also doubles up as a restaurant for visitors hankering to pair their beer with hearty Western fare. A word to the wise: If you’re hoping to try all the beer served here, we recommend pacing yourself over several sessions. You’ll not lack for entertainment on your return, as the bar hosts a range of bands playing acoustic pop and Top 40s covers, and a multitude of events ranging from book swaps to speed drinking competitions.
RedDot BrewHouse at Dempsey. 25A Dempsey Road #01-01, Singapore 247691. +65 6475 0500.
Mon 11.30am-10pm; Tue-Thu & Sun 11.30am-10.30pm; Fri & Sat 11.30am-11pm.
Tiger Brewery Tour
Quite arguably the granddaddy of locally-brewed alcohol, Tiger Beer is an internationally-acclaimed brand with over eight decades of history.
While the brand now has countless breweries in countries ranging from Vietnam to New Zealand, there’s nothing quite like getting a taste of this much-beloved beer in Singapore. Deepen your understanding of how beer is made on a massive scale, with the Tiger Brewery Tour.
This one-and-a-half-hour journey into the minds of beer makers will give you insights into the malts and hops that gives Tiger Beer its distinctive fruity notes and clean finish, as well as the fermentation, brewing and packing processes. You’ll also get the chance to sample this delightfully refreshing beverage at the brewery’s Tiger Tavern.
Book your tour here.
Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore. 459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 639934. +65 6860 3005.
Mon-Fri 9am-8pm; Sat & Sun 9am-1.45pm.
Brass Lion Distillery
Back in 2012, F&B veteran Jamie Koh had an ambition to set up Singapore’s first-ever standalone distillery, so that Singapore would have a spirit to call its own. You can see the fruits of her labour at Brass Lion Distillery, which proudly manufactures The Singapore Dry Gin.
This Singaporean spirit is made from locally-sourced fruits and botanicals—like kaffir lime leaves, chrysanthemum flowers and pomelo peel—and has a flavour profile that is meant to represent Singapore’s cultural melting pot.
To expand your knowledge of alcohol distillation, we recommend taking the 45-minute distillery tour. You’ll get to learn more about the distillery’s history, discover the ins-and-outs of making gin, and get to sample a tasting portion of the distillery’s various gins.
Brass Lion Distillery. 40 Alexandra Terrace, Singapore 119933. +65 6954 0602.
Tue-Fri 5-11.30pm; Sat 2-11.30pm; Sun 1-7pm.
A drink that’s certain to transport you back in time, mead is an alcoholic beverage most commonly associated with ancient history, Norse mythology and Greek legend. Known by various names all across the globe, this fermented honey alcohol has many variants due to the different additives used in its production.
If you’d like to get intoxicated on exotic flavours, you’ll be happy to know that Singapore boasts its very own version of mead. Compendium—originally known as Rachelle The Rabbit Meadery— is a brewery that offers several variants of mead, including creative varieties made with Osmanthus or lemon and ginger.
To discover how this ancient brew has been given local twists, check out their website, which also boasts a whole range of other alcohols, from gin and soju to vodka and arrack.
Native. 52A Amoy Street, Singapore 069878. +65 8869 6520.
Atlas at Parkview Square. 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778. +65 6396 4466.
Mon-Thu noon-1am; Fri & Sat noon-2am.
Temple Cellars at UE Square. 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-12, Singapore 239917. +65 6262 2191.
With ingredients that include the orchid—our country’s national flower—Tanglin Gin is truly a bottled sample of the Singaporean experience. The label aptly takes its name from the Tanglin neighbourhood, once the home of nutmeg and pepper plantations.
The label’s signature drink—dubbed the Tanglin Orchid Gin—is made from 11 botanicals, including coriander seeds, juniper and dried dendrobium orchid stems. The latter is known in Chinese medicine as the immortality herb; while we can’t promise you’ll live forever after taking a swig, the drink’s sweet, floral aroma is certain to leave a long-lasting impression.
Cultivate your palette for fine alcohol by sampling this true-blue local brew at bars like The Spiffy Dapper. Alternatively, you can purchase a bottle or two for friends at The Standish, in the bohemian enclave of Holland Village.
The Spiffy Dapper. 73 Amoy Street Level 2, Singapore 069892. +65 8742 8908.
Mon-Fri 5pm-12am; Sat 6pm-12am; Sun 7pm-12am.
The Standish at Holland Road Shopping Centre. 211 Holland Avenue #02-33, Singapore 278967. +65 6469 8336.
Little Island Brewing Co
If the scenic parks and suburban neighbourhoods of Singapore’s east side are on your must-visit list, be sure to drop by Little Island Brewing Co for nosh and an artisanal pint of beer.
Located in the laidback neighbourhood of Changi Village, this 270-seat microbrewery serves up more than a dozen homemade pilsners, stouts and sour ales. Purists should partake in a pint of SPA Singapore Pale Ale, which possesses a woody aroma and a dry finish.
Besides great brews and a menu of delicious Western staples, the establishment also boasts live music from Wednesday to Sunday, with acoustic cover bands like 3 Left 1 Right and Strange Roots playing old school rock and retro hits.
Little Island Brewing Co. 6 Changi Village #01-01/02, Singapore 509907. +65 6543 9100.
Mon-Thu noon-10.30pm; Fri noon-12am; Sat 11am-12am; Sun 11am-10.30pm.