Manager Tan Kow Seng is a self-confessed beer lover. He has it at home all the time. But he has not ventured to a beerfest before. That is set to change.
Yesterday, he found himself one of 10 winners of The Straits Times Lucky Draw that entitles him to a pair of VIP tickets to Beerfest Asia 2016, which is celebrating its eighth anniversary this year.
The 10 winners will enjoy free flow of beer for eight hours while being entertained by award-winning tribute bands, including Killer Queen and AbbaFab, on June 18.
"This is the first time I will be attending. I'll be trying to enjoy as much of it as possible," Mr Tan, 57, told The Sunday Times.
As a VIP ticket holder, he will also be entitled to the event's butler service, sample award-winning beers, and take part in a meet and greet session with winners at the Asia Beer Awards. An array of 500 beers is on offer at this year's Beerfest Asia.
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Does Mr Tan have a favourite?
No, he likes them all, he said.
Also keen to attend is Mr Soh Gock Huat, 67, who also won VIP tickets yesterday and is looking forward to tasting some German beer.
"I'm very fascinated by German beer. Some German beer isn't available in Singapore," he said.
The Beerfest tickets are the second set of prizes in a five-week giveaway targeting the paper's most loyal print subscribers.
To enter, readers need to submit the passcodes, printed in the paper from Mondays to Fridays in the Life section, online at www.readsph.com/straitstimes
Multiple entries are allowed, as each copy of the paper contains a unique code.
Some prizes still to be won are a Japanese dinner for nine at Shinji by Kanesaka at Raffles Hotel, and a four-month wine subscription from a three Michelin-starred sommelier.
The giveaway will conclude on May 30 with a final draw for the grand prize: a trip for two to any location in the world and a 10-night stay at a hotel of the winner's choice, capped at $250 a night.
It is a prize that Mr Soh and Mr Tan, both regular readers of The Straits Times for a few decades now, intend to keep playing for. If successful, they plan to visit Europe.
"My wife is fascinated by the flowers in Holland," said Mr Soh. "It would be a good present to my wife to see them."