Where to Find Craft Beer at the Singapore River

Even as it celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2012, there’s still no beating Brewerkz when it comes to microbreweries in Singapore. A Clarke Quay mainstay since 1997, Brewerkz is known for both quality and affordability and like any good brewery, it isn’t afraid to push the envelope. Planned innovations this year include a Blueberry Meade, Ginger Beer and Belgium IPA. (They’ve also been bottling beers for the likes of Spizza.)

RedDot BrewHouse
RedDot Brewhouse was the first bar and restaurant along the river bank to design a steel structured glass roof, allowing you to savor the unique craft beers like RedDot Lime Wheat and Monster Green Lager with hearty char-grilled fare and modern European cuisine while enjoying the breathtaking backdrop of the Singapore River under the stars.

Sque Rotisserie & Alehouse
Run by the Emmanuel Stroobant Group, this casual bistro and bar seats a whopping 256 folks. They don’t brew their own, but you can throw back any of the 10 draught beers on offer, including Kostrizer Schwarzbier and London Pride (both from $11 for a half pint). They also have a list of over 200 international beers such as Hitachino Nest Extra High ($20) and Double Bastard Ale ($38.50)—although frankly it’s almost unnecessarily long and the web-sourced reviews of each don’t much lower the intimidation factor! They’ve also got a one-for-one happy hour deal on all draught beers from 11:30am-6:30pm (Monday-Friday).

The Straits
Previously known as Archipelago, this iconic microbrewery may have changed its name, but everything else remains the same. You’ll find Archipelago Brewery’s signatures like Belgian Wit, Bohemian Lager, Irish Ale and Summer Ale as well as regulars like Heineken, Tiger, Kilkenny and Guinness Draught on tap ($15 a pint). Kitchen highlights like BBQ pork ribs ($20.80) make the perfect accompaniments to your favorite brew.