Beer has enjoyed a presence in Singapore longer than we have been an independent nation. This is, in large part, thanks to Lion Brewery Co., a producer who supplied a hoppy ale akin to IPA across the globe, including our little colonised red dot in the mid-1800s.
IPA was preferred by the masses, as the bitter brew held up to being imported across the globe on long haul shipments. These beers were greatly enjoyed by those based in Singapore during the Victorian age until a fire wrecked the brewery in London. It shuttered its doors, with only lion statues to remind the British of its existence, and the beer never surfaced again.
70 years have passed, and Lion Brewery Co. has geared up to make a comeback by re-establishing itself in Singapore. Though far away from its native site, the new home for the brewery is fitting enough given that we are dubbed the Lion City.
The revival of Lion Brewery Co. will feature beers catering to our hot climate, which means the range will be easy to drink, crisp, and using quality ingredients only. The first beer of the line is the Straits Pale Ale, which has already been made available at bars islandwide. This clean pale ale flaunts touches of tropical fruit and is extremely sessionable so you can have pint after pint throughout the night.
Lion Brewery Co. will also be launching an Island Lager, its sophomore expression, for the opening of its local flagship this June. The Island Lager is made with two different hop varieties, infusing the lager with aromatic notes of pine and cassis.
The beers will be available over 50 local bars, including the likes of Gaston, Overeasy, White Label Records, as well as craft beer retailers like Thirsty and Century Cellars. Their wares will also be hawked at Beerfest Asia, coming 27 to 30 June 2019, so be sure to grab a bottle or few if you are heading down. While the recipe may not be exactly what was drunk in 1836, you can trust that the longstanding expertise the brewery has been carried over from the Victorian times.