Singapore: The Good Beer Company

13 Mar

Whenever I’m back home, I always have a preferred spot to hangout for drinks with friends that I keep going back. During summer it was Martini Bar at Mezza 9 for its killer happy hour (I must have gone there at least 10 times), and this time, it was The Good Beer Company at Chinatown Complex Market & Hawker Centre. Yes, it’s a little unconventional and a bit of a juxtaposition – a hawker stall in Chinatown selling craft beers and ciders from all over the world – but I love it. Just like how fashionistas like to mix high fashion with thrift store pieces, I like the concept of doing gourmet beer tasting a la wine tasting in our humble hawker centre, or pairing my claypot rice with some golden ale. Yup, that’s the way I roll.

Owner Daniel told me that the tagline “Uncommon. Epic. Legendary Beers.” was inspired by computer games.

The big fridge of beer that may induce confusion as everything looks so drinkable. Look out also for the smaller one on the right. If you’re a beer novice, owner Daniel is always around to offer some suggestions according to your preferences. They constantly brings in new beers (Rekordelig!) and retire old ones so there are always new options to try.

I’ve been a fan of the Swedish Koppaberg’s Pear Cider and Apple Cider ever since they were stocked at Ikea, but they have the Strawberry & Lime and Elderflower & Lime flavours here which are both so good. The former is very sweet and bursting with flavours of ripe strawberries, while the elderflower is herbaceous and more complex.

The ever popular Lychee Beer from Taiwan is available here too. This is definitely a ladies’ favourite and tastes intensely of sweet lychees.

Did you know the brand also has a Honeydew Melon Beer that is equally delicious? It’s hard to lay your hands on either of them as they are sold out fast! Tip: Check out The Good Beer Company’s Facebook page for updates on when they get stocks of it.

This Golden Ale from the Japanese Morita Kinshachi Brewery had a pronounced and unique tea and floral flavour that was lovely, especially when accompanied with some Indian muruku (I got lucky that night).

The popular Hitachino Nest White Ale from Japan has notes of nutmeg, coriander and orange peel and has a clean, dry finish. They usually stock a few other Hitachino Nest beers as well, including an interesting Espresso Stout.

Aside from the girly fruit beers I’m partial to, the Trappistes Rochefort 8 from Belgium was really something. A very dark beer with notes of dates and chocolate. Velvety and luscious! At 8%, you might get a little buzzed after a few of these.

Other beers that I’ve tried elsewhere and liked that are also carried there are the Brother’s Toffee Apple (UK) (another ladies fave that really tastes of toffee apples), Negra Modelo (Mexico), Krounenberg 1664 (France), Little Creatures Pale Ale (Australia), Lindemann’s Apple (Belgium), Wittekerke Rose/Orange Passionfruit (Belgium). Do note that these are the lighter/fruity beers that I’m partial too and they also carry many other manlier options! They also carry Jungle Beer, a Singapore microbrewery that I also spotted at the Farmers’ Market at Loewen Gardens.

Things got so crazy that I ever bought take-away beer (heavy bottles…bad idea) to drink at home since I didn’t have time to keep making trips down. I honestly can’t wait for my next trip back home already – the Rekordelig series is calling out to me!

Price: $ (from $8 a bottle)
Location: BLK 335 Smith Street, #02-58, Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, Singapore 050335

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