If you are looking to get off the beaten path in Singapore, take a tour of the brewery that makes Singapore's first major lager, Tiger Beer. The brewery provides a 3.5 hour tour, detailing its history, which dates back to 1931, the basics of the brewing process, and wraps up with cold brews in the tasting room. My family all met up and it was a fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Here our tour guide is kicking off the history of Tiger. You can hear his heavy accent. It was a bit difficult to understand what he was saying, but I got the hang of it. The original founding company was named Malayan Breweries Limited. It is now merged with Heineken under the subsidiary Heineken Asia Pacific. The case below shows Tiger's evolution of bottles and various historic merchandise. The next room teaches the 4 essential ingredients of beer: malt, hops, yeast and water.
After a walk through the actual brewery facility, we moved on to the pouring room. We were instructed on the proper techniques for a perfect pour. While I was confident that I already know how to properly pour a beer, I learned the importance of having head at the top. While many think that there should be no foam on a poured beer, the foam, caused by the carbonation, brings out aromas.
Of course, they save the best for last. They have an Irish pub style tasting room with lively music and atmosphere. We enjoyed kicking back a few and chatting with the other visitors.
Anna Fleming, the Curly Vagabond, roams like a local, searching for adventure, tasty cuisine and the best craft beer; all with a sense of humor and a budget any working stiff could appreciate. Home base is Oceanside, CA in North San Diego County.