sinkas (8) Perth/Fremantle, Australia | November 16, 2014
Visited on Halloween,
which was crazy busy,
seems like mostly expats and tourists getting pissed, the volume of people pumping in this place was astonishing,
food pretty standard touristy fare, and beers unfortunately not great,.
Big open quay-side restaurant with about ten own brews on tap and ~30 others in bottles. It quite a comfortable place, but more in terms of the waterside location than the feeling of a beer drinkers bar. The service was always good, and occasionally great. The food I tried was good bar food, but there’s a lot better if you are looking primarily for a meal.
I’m getting close to 400 breweries and brewpubs visited in North America and Asia, and I can distinctly remember the very best and the very worst. I would put this as one of the worst brewpubs I’ve ever been to.
The location is in a very tourist-oriented area, so I didn’t have high expectations. Like most other spots on Clarke Quay, the restaurant features a large, popular patio along the river, but also an internal section with a bar. The bar area is extremely loud. I sat at the bar, taking one of the only spots available, which was facing a pole and not terribly easy to reach. Basically, the spot should not have been in the first place.
I asked for and was given a water and mentioned that I wanted a sampler, but was then ignored. Some other people left, so I just moved to a better part of the bar, but was still ignored for several minutes.
Their pricing has several levels and I found it to be particularly confusing: prices changed based on time of day, while some beers were on a more expensive tier, and others not available in certain sizes. I tried to ask if some of the higher tier beers were available in the sampler, but instead it was clear that I was not allowed to ask any questions, so I just tried to order them, and it seemed to work.
I had the IPA, the Black Pig, the Black Rabbit and the Hoppy Monk. They came out fairly quickly, were plopped on the bar, and I was left alone.
The IPA was bad. It had that sort of sick sweetness that you get in kit beer versions of IPAs. The hop character was lost.
The "black" beers were not really black, more of a sickly brown. The Black Pig did not taste good and could not figure out what style of beer it was trying to be, because I could taste several different things. The Black Rabbit was the most tolerable of the lot, but it was also hard to tell what it was trying to be.
The Hop Monk was, to me, the most disappointing because, on the menu, it had its own half page devoted to it. But it tasted, if anything, like vomit and I couldn’t finish it.
I got the same cold reaction when paying that I had gotten the whole night.
My original plan was to try multiple breweries while in Singapore, but, if this is the best there is, then god help you. I still lived in Singapore in 1997, the year the brewery was purpotedly founded. This was when Clarke Quay was just developing, and I recall coming down for a free flow, which I believe was a relatively new concept at that time. But I don’t remember this place. Maybe I would like it more if I had more nostalgia toward it, or if it was my only option. But, if you’re in town, you should skip this.
Visited in 2006. They had a wide selection of their own beers back then. Think it was about 12-14 bers or so. Located in an area with lots of restaurants. The beers where decent, service as well. We ate at a restaurant across the river.
Right along the river at Riverside Point, in Singapore - Brewerks is great. If the weather permits, I recommend sitting outside, as indoors is a bit bare and dark. The food is excellent and their Ribs are my favorite - especially with a Black Pig (beer) to wash it all down with.
I had dinner on the patio of this place once in my pre-ratebeer days back in the autumn of 2007. I enjoyed it a lot and remember it well. I had a couple of their own beers and seem to recall that the menu boasted of a few award winning beers. Fast, profesaional and friendly service and a good atmosphere.