Beerfest Asia trumps visitors' expectations

More than 100 exclusive new labels will make their debut at the festival, which is in its ninth edition. This year's Beerfest Asia offers over 500 varieties of beer and ciders, and is the first to feature beer workshops, which include beer-tasting se
This year's Beerfest Asia offers over 500 varieties of beer and ciders, and is the first to feature beer workshops, which include beer-tasting sessions.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
More than 100 exclusive new labels will make their debut at the festival, which is in its ninth edition. This year's Beerfest Asia offers over 500 varieties of beer and ciders, and is the first to feature beer workshops, which include beer-tasting se
More than 100 exclusive new labels will make their debut at the festival, which is in its ninth edition. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Neither last night's MRT breakdown nor the downpour could dampen spirits on the first day of Beerfest Asia.

Pulsating hooks mixed with conversations over beer as neon signs at booths provided a colourful contrast to the dark sea - and with local giants such as Tiger Beer being sold alongside brands making their debut, the event, many said, exceeded their expectations.

Returning for the ninth time, the beer-filled festival, presented by United Overseas Bank and organised by Singapore Press Holdings subsidiary Sphere Exhibits, offers over 500 varieties of beer and ciders, from the American Brooklyn Lager to Vietnam's Sagota Beer.

There are more than 100 exclusive new labels making their debut, including U Lager Beer from Thailand and Stark Craft Beer from Bali.

Mr Justin Lam, an executive with Yen Investments which brought in U Beer, said: "We thought Beerfest was a very good event to launch our beer because we can see if the public enjoys the taste."

This latest edition of Beerfest, which runs till Sunday, is also the first to feature beer workshops, which include beer-tasting sessions and let brewers share tips on how to homebrew beer.

At one workshop last night, local microbrewery The 1925 Brewing Co highlighted their different creations, including beer cocktails and beer-infused chocolate ice cream.

  • BEERFEST ASIA 2017

  • WHERE: Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61, Marina Coastal Drive

    WHEN: Today, 6pm to 2am; Saturday, 3pm to 2am; Sunday, 2pm to 10pm

    ADMISSION: Passes ranging from $28 to $184 sold online at eventregist.com/e/beerfest2017

    INFO: For more details, go to beerfestasia.com

 

Said the microbrewery's co-manager Yeo Eng Kuang: "We wanted to share our ideas of beer-related products in this workshop, meet like-minded people and bounce ideas off each other."

Flight attendant Yow Zi Jian, 24, who attended this workshop, said he and two of his friends have ambitions of entering the craft beer market, and the workshop was very inspiring.

The next three days will offer nine 45-minute workshops, which pass holders can attend for free but have to register for.

There will also be international live acts, ranging from Australian tribute bands such as Gunners (a Guns N' Roses tribute band) and Hysteria (a Def Leppard tribute band), to club DJs in Singapore like DJ Maverick and DJ Farz, to local favourites like The Day Trippers and Raw Earth.

Ms Danu Gohri, 45, a first-timer at Beerfest Asia, said she came for a taste of European beers which are not always available here. "This has exceeded my expectations. I'm definitely coming back tomorrow."

Today, the festival opens its doors at 6pm and goes on until 2am. Festival-goers should look out for the two beer workshops, Barrel-aged beers by Joseph Soriero from 6pm to 6.45pm, and What is Mead? from 7pm to 7.45pm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 18, 2017, with the headline 'Beerfest Asia trumps visitors' expectations'. Print Edition | Subscribe