My ’local’ place when I lived in Singapore and now whenever I visit. Great choice of locally brewed craft beer and American diner. Good to go at lunchtime to take advantage of the set meal and discounted beer. International bottle selection. Portions are generous and beer excellent.
Great location and a great beer range make this a must for visitors to Singapore. Especially if you’re sick of the sight of Tiger Beer. This brewpub is housed in a modern complex that sprawls along the river in the city centre. With its outdoor seating it’s a bit reminiscent of Sydney’s Darling Harbour (James Squire Brewhouse) or Melbourne’s Southgate. The air-conditioned interior is pleasant, if a bit gloomy, with plenty of TV screens, a pool table and dartboards. The beer selection is first rate. There were 12 available on the day I visited, although the Moh Gwai Belgian Strong was only available for take-away for some reason. The beers vary from odd to excellent. Five are bottled and available for take-away. The bar offers two sample trays which are fair value at S$10.50 for five/six 60ml samples. Service is as polite and wonderfully efficient as always in Singapore. The food menu is a US-style mix of burgers, pizzas and ribs. Seemed to be popular but why would you eat that when you could be sitting in a hawker market eating the fantastic local cuisine for a fraction of the price? BTW, if you baulk at the beer prices, bear in mind that bars at nearby Boat Quay charge almost S$15 for a pint of Guinness. Beer is expensive in Singapore. Bummer.
American style brewpub with a long beer lineup. Beers are generally well hopped, but sometomes with a bit simplistic malt character. It’s hard to imagine nicer service than what we were getting, and being on a 6 hoir stop over and only visiting one place in Singapore I couldn’t have asked for much more.
Looks bigger than it is due to lots of banners and signage, plus an extensive patio area. Food was solid pub grub, and the beers were rather pleasant. As with most places in Singapore, the service was excellent. Certainly worth a stop.
Visited October 5, 2012
It’s a hot and steamy night in Singapore, and Clarke Quay at 10:30pm is packed with beautiful young things. I’m not one of them, but it’s my first night in Asia and Brewerkz was my first stop after checking in at my nearby hotel. I’m lucky to have an outdoor table at this massive brewpub/restaurant by the riverbank, hence the full marks for ambience. The beer menu is divided among Guest Taps, Signature Beers and Seasonal Specials. I’m starting with a Hopback Ale, a 4.5% cask bitter. It’s very reminiscent of an English ale, at a proper cask temperature and is very tasty.
The service here was better than average, especially given the crowds here on a Friday night. There is plenty of outdoor seating and indoors you can take advantage of the air conditioning and the large screen sports on TV.
Brewerkz offers a 5.0% Kolsch as a seasonal special, so that’s my next glass. The pricing structure here is new to me - they charge by the time of day you drink! My Kolsch would cost $6 Singapore dollars at lunchtime, and it goes up in increments to my current late night glass at $12!! These aren’t pints I’m drinking, though - a 500 ml or half-litre of beer is called a "fifty". My Kolsch "fifty" is also delicious, is colder than the Hopback, and has that German crispness. I have to say I prefer the Hopback. Next up and last for tonight is the seasonal Oktoberfest, billed as a 6.0% "strong nutty malt character". Much smoother than the Kolsch, darker, deceptively strong, and sweeter than the real Bavarian Oktoberfest I’m used to. I’m skipping the strange-sounding seasonals such as White Rabbit, Black Pig and Mad Bee, but will return during my stay.
What a great place! I wish my hometown had a place of this standard. Highly recommended and earning a "Very Good" label from me if you are in Singapore.