Beer in Singapore

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History of beer in Singapore dates back to the mid-19th century.

Malayan Breweries, established in 1931, was the first commercial brewery in Singapore, started by a chance meeting between Fraser & Neave and Dutch brewer, Heineken.[1]

During World War II, the British – deeming it enemy territory for German ties – seized the factory in 1941 and it was bought by Malaysian Breweries in 1941. In 1990, it was renamed to Asia Pacific Breweries (APB).[2][3]

The main domestic brand is Tiger Beer, brewed by APB since 1932. APB also brews Heineken Lager Beer under a license from its parent company.

Other notable brands include Anchor, Baron’s Strong Brew and ABC Extra Stout

Since the late 1990s a number of micro-breweries have emerged on the Singapore market, the first being Brewerkz.

Red Dot Brewhouse has 2 outlets, including one on the well trodden Boat Quay strip.

level33, which claims to be the highest micro brewery in a building in the world, offers a stunning view of the city and is well worth a visit. There is also Paulaner Brauhaus, serving German beers near the Pan Pacific Hotel and the Pump Room, located in the centre of Clarke Quay which offers some very good craft beers from 11am up until the early morning. In June 2012, Moa Brewery Co., from New Zealand launched a new micro-brewery in Changi, making it the most Easterly of the craft brew pubs in Singapore.

An annual Beer Festival, Beerfest Asia, is held in Singapore in June each year and attracts over 30,000 beer lovers and over 350 beers from around the globe. The Asia Beer Awards[4] is the largest Beer Awards held in Asia and attracts close to 500 entries, demonstrating the demand for new beers and growth of a taste for beer in the region.


  1. ^ Lewis, Mark (1 December 2003). Rough Guide to Singapore. Rough Guides. p. 105. ISBN 978-1-84353-075-6. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Frankham, Steve (17 June 2008). Malaysia and Singapore. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 539. ISBN 978-1-906098-11-7. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "A history of beer in Singapore". Timeout Singapore. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Matt Bennett