Craft Beer Weekend – Vanessa Tai « Material World

Over the last few years, craft beers have really started to take off in Singapore. Most eateries now offer more than just your usual big-name lagers, and the community of craft beer geeks is growing slowly but surely, with hardcore enthusiasts even brewing their own beers at home! Considering how widely Singaporeans travel, it’s perhaps unsurprising how our palates have become more discerning as well.

The Drinking Partners is one of the pioneers of the burgeoning craft beer movement in Singapore. Having developed a love for specialty beers during work stints overseas, the group started by importing small batches of craft beer for personal consumption. Subsequently, they branched out into organising beer education workshops, which sparked off the craft beer movement here. Psst … they are also the people behind The Great Beer Experiment at Pasarbella!

But what exactly is a craft beer, you ask. According to the Brewers Association of USA, a craft brewer has to be “small, independent and traditional”. What this means is, everything from the size of the brewery to its production volume of beers and production methods have to be kept within stringent boundaries. Personally, what I love about craft beers is how each brewer has a interesting story to tell; learning the background of the beer you’re drinking is more than half the fun. One of these unique breweries would be Danish microbrewery, Mikkeller.

Mikkel Borg Bjergsø

Mikkeller was started by two friends, high school teacher Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and journalist Kristian Klarup Keller. What started as lighthearted home brewing experiments soon saw the two friends creating innovative and intense new flavours that won international beer competitions. Kristian has since returned to his job in journalism, but Mikkel continues to win beer drinkers over with his inventive creations. Because of his creativity and rapid development of the company, Mikkel has been nicknamed “gypsy brewer” by both the Danish and international press.

And this week, you get to meet this enigmatic man himself! The Drinking Partners have lined up a slew of exciting events for both craft beer aficionados and beginners alike. Here, take your pick from three exciting events …

1. Makan with Mikkeller

makan with mikkellerThe highly anticipated annual food and beer pairing dinner is here again! This year, the focus is on cult beers from Mikkeller, as well as on heartwarming local cuisine. Click here to register.
Date: 18 October 2013 (Friday)
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: Near Coronation Plaza at Bukit Timah. Exact location to be revealed upon registration.
Price: $65 nett per person
2. No Sweat, No Beer!
no sweat no beer
Join the folks of The Great Beer Experiment for a workout! You know how beer tastes better when you’re sweaty, exhausted and parched? Sweat it out by taking a trek through the jungle before proceeding for a couple of beers at the The Great Beer Experiment! Worried that you’ll be unfit? No worries, this is an easy one-hour trek – no running after rabbits or jumping over bushes required! Unless of course, Mikkel reckons it’s a glorious day for a sprint!
Date: 19 October 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 10am to 11am
Meeting Point: End of Rifle Range Road (public car park outside ST Kinetics)
This is a free event. For more details, click here.
3. Meet the Gypsy and Eat His Dogs
meet the gypsy

Here’s your final chance to meet the master behind Mikkeller. Cult brewer and founder, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø will be at The Great Beer Experiment this Saturday for a meet-and-greet. There will be Mikkeller beers on tap and in the fridge for the thirsty, and gourmet sausages for the hungry.
Date: 19 October 2013 (Saturday)

Time: 12.30pm to 2pm
Venue: The Great Beer Experiment

About The Author: Vanessa Tai is a founder of Material World who has previously worked on magazines Simply Her and Cosmopolitan Singapore. Now a freelance writer and a full-time contributor to this website, the 26-year-old dreams of attending every single major music festival before she turns 30. Her favourite alcoholic beverage is beer. Follow her on Twitter @VannTaiTweets.

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