Beer Shop

Druggist @ 119 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore

May 20, 2015 - 1:35 pm No Comments

 

Craft beers scene in Singapore have grown rapidly for this 2 years. From Good Beer Company, Brewers’ Craft, Smith Street Taps, Thirsty… One of the newer ones are Druggist! Open by the same people that runs The Great Experiment @ Pasar Bella, Singapore. 

They variants of Taps to choose from. 23 to be exact. Which is the most in Singapore when I visited during March 2015. Trust me, with that many selection on draft, is really spoil with choices!

The setup of the place is simple and clean. Have a touch of vintage Chinese setup and some modern elements to it. The place cosy with simple nice setup.   

There’s no beer menu here except the big board above the draft. To order you have to go to the counter. You can place your credit card there if you plan to have a running bill. You may want to order when the line is clear. As the selection on draft is big, some may take a while to make up their mind. 

The place is chill with nice air conditioning. As Singapore weather is just as bad as the Malaysian weather. I took a short walk from the MRT station. Chilling inside for sure is my preferred choice. 

Although the there’s no bar here, chill out at the short table is quite cool too. The room space between is table is spacious enough. I may be the one that are too loud most of the time. I like that when the place is pack up, it’s just filled with talking sound. 

They offer some snacks and bites too. I tried out the coffee pork ribs which is quite interesting. Roasted coffee aroma, nice sweet flavour and off the bones tender on the meat. 

You can order the food at the counter too. They have a simple selection to choose from. This is the place that easy to go in but hard to get out. Because I would stay on try as many beers as I can. Highly rcommanded. Try it out yourselves. Cheers!

ADDRESS
119 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207547
04:00pm – 11:00pm (close on monday)
PHONE: +65 63415967

Bar Snack: Cincalok or Cencaluk

May 19, 2015 - 11:05 am No Comments

 

 

Cantina’s guys (Curbside Cantina, Modena Cantina, Popup Cantina) came up with a shrimp taco which it’s quite special. The salsa for the taco they add in Cincalok. 

Cincalok or Cencaluk is basically fermented shrimp, one of Melaka famous delicacy. Surprisingly a lot of younger generation of Malaysia don’t know what is it! I know this is a beer blog, I’m shock that how much Malaysia have lose it’s local food culture and heritage. 

Well, to my surprise, not only Cincalok works well with salsa it also compliment with some of the hoppy beer. The pungent of the Cincalok and the aroma of the floral hops paired well together. The bitter of the beer blend well with the salty like fishy of the Cincalok. 

If you are reading this blog and never try or heard of Cincalok before, it’s time to find out more and try it. Cheers, happy pairing!

How The Great Beer Bar Begins?

May 18, 2015 - 10:56 am No Comments

 Like all idea and concept, it always start somewhere. Well The Great Beer Bar starts from here (the above picture). A drunk chill out night with Yan (The one on the green bean bag). By the way, The Great Beer Bar is not a solo project.  It was after a heavy night of drinking, that the idea to expanding Ales & Lagers came to the topic.  

Ales & Lagers is a small place in Solaris Dutamas (Publika), within 2 years we have grow the customer base that becomes my good friends. Expanding the place always come to mind. 

To make it happen, it took us around 6 months to make it happen. Is not a roller coaster ride but a lot idea changes that bring forth this place. With a lot of help from friends  everywhere, including Singapore, Bangalore and States. James (white guy in the picture) help us to fixed up the draft system at The Great Beer Bar. 

The confident part was mostly given by customers that have been growing with Ales & Lagers. Maybe they wanted a bigger and nicer place to hang out. For me, is to bring more people to drink craft beers.  The Great Beer Bar was not the first name that pop into naming the bar. I wanted to called the place “W”, then craft place, hoppy bar, Ales & Lagers 2… End up we choose The Great Beer Bar. With that name came with big responsibility too. Can’t call a bar Great Beer and didn’t serve good beer to customers. 

Since open, we still learning to draft the beer correctly. Serve the beer on its optimum. Still learning the draft system to carbonate the beer correctly. We hope this bar will further bring more people to enjoy craft beers. Cheers!

Draft Or Bottle Beers

May 14, 2015 - 11:05 am No Comments

 I’m a believer of taste and not going by saying draft beers are better then bottle beers. This are the common things I always heard from customers. Well there are no right or wrong answer to it. The actual fact is what type of body and flavour you going after. 
  I’m an advocate for taste. I do think that light beers goes nicer on draft especially lagers. They give a nicer crispier body then the bottle beer. On heavier beer like double IPA or imperial stout, I tend to like it more on bottles. Different gas also give different body to the beer. Example mixed gas of nitrogen + CO2 give a nice body to the dark beer. 
  I haven’t officially try IPAs on nitrogen gas yet, but I think it will be great for high ABV beer. I create draft beer at The Great Beer Bar because I think there are plenty of consumer perceive draft beers are better then bottles. I’ll try whatever method to get more people to try out craft beers and let them decide which are better. 
  
In the end, is up to each individual to decide bottle or draft beers are nicer. We can’t argue what you like or what you don’t like. Only you would know what’s your favourite taste be! Cheers!

One For The Road!

May 14, 2015 - 10:15 am No Comments

  

This is the phrase I hear too often and the road is always long. When you go to a nice place is always easy to go in and hard to leave. Making the last beer difficult to decide. 

Sometimes with great company, the last beer seem hard to decide which will be it. Maybe sit till the bar close. Even when you don’t know what to drink, you just grab any beers and continue the fun night. 

Hence one for the road is normally a great night to be. Of course we still prefer you don’t drink and drive. Have a save one for the road! Cheers!

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