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Ji Biru, Singapore

A search for Craft Beer in Singapore bought up Ji Biru, a Japanese craft beer bar down at [email protected] at 313 Orchard Road.

After my trip to Japan I became partial to Japanese craft beers, so I decided to jump on the train to Somerset station, do a bit of last minute shopping and have a couple of beers.

Ji Biru opens at noon and I think I was the first person in the door.

The beer list is impressive, and bought back memories of my evening in Nagano at James Nagano Beer Market.

While I had a couple of servings of yakitori I tried 3 of the Hitachino beers. I first tried the Hitachino Nest Pale Ale followed by a Hitachino Nest 3C’s Fresh Hop Bitter and finally a Hitachino Nest White Ale.

All of the beers were great tasting and were a great accompaniment for the yakitori.

Prices for both the food and the beers were good – pints of beer being SGD$10.50.

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Fremantle Seafood Market, Singapore

Fremantle Seafood Market is a restaurant at Clarke Quay on the Singapore River, pretty much across the river from SQUE Rottisserie & Alehouse.

It was mid afternoon, it was hot, it was humid and the rain was on and off. I was thirsty, and it was happy “hour”.

Walking past the restaurants and bar that face onto the river while trying not to get drenched I decided that I’d just have to wait this rain out.

Fremantle Seafood Market has an inside area and also a large covered outside area right on the river. There were a couple of tables occupied but I had no problems getting a seat right on the river looking over towards Marina Bay Sands.

I didn’t bother ordering food, but the menu certainly looks reasonable and is probably worth a further look on my next Singapore trip.

Being happy hour beers were 2 for 1, so I ended up with 4 pints of ice cold Tiger for SGD$9 each which wasn’t too bad.

There was only one server looking after the outside area so as more people came in it was hard to get their attention of them to order beers, and to finally pay the bill.

Certainly worth another visit.

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REDDOT Brewhouse, Singapore

After visiting Little Island Brewing I got off the train at Raffles Place thinking that I’d have a couple of quiet ones down by the river.

As is becoming more common these days I totally lost my bearings upon seeing daylight and what should have been a 5 minutes walk became a frustrating 15 minutes. But I was soon sitting by the river and had ordered a pint of beer.

As I sat down the weather started to close in and the passing showers gave me a good excuse to try a couple more beers.

Over about 90 minutes I tried some really good beers – all locally brewed. A Czech Pilsner, an IPA and finally a Kolsch each a a relatively reasonable price of $11.

A great location for a drink while watching the river traffic.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia

I’d attended a seminar at the Sydney Shangri-La before but never had the opportunity to stay here.

It’s in a sort of weird location right at the corner of the Cahill Expressway and the southern approach to the Sydney Harbour Bridge. So close that my room window allowed me to almost look across the bridge in it’s entirety.

Upon entering the hotel you’re welcomed by a bright, marble reception area with a lobby lounge to the left and reception to the right. Checking in was fast and painless and I was off to my room in about 5 minutes.

In many hotels the corridors are cramped and claustrophobic. But here they are expansive. Probably the widest I’ve seen in any hotel recently. No filthy carpet like the Hyatt Regency either :).

The room was large by comparison to the Marriott and the InterContinental. I had a view of the Harbour Bridge and Circular Quay from my sixth floor room.

For drinks we headed upto Blu Bar on level 36 which offers absolutely magnificent panoramic views of Sydney. Drinks were standard hotel prices but the view means you’ll forget getting gouged.

The bed and pillows were some of the most comfortable I’d had in quite a while but that’s expected of a 5 star hotel.

Bathroom was large and had a separate bath and shower which you don’t see that often anymore.

Despite my room being on a low floor and being so close to 2 majorly busy roads there was no problem with noise.

Superb hotel!

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Little Island Brewing, Singapore

Out by the northern end of the western runway for Singapore’s Changi Airport is Changi Village. A nice area with a hotel, heaps of restaurants and a hawker center all a short walk from the beach.

There’s also a microbrewery called Little Island Brewing.

From City Hall I’d jumped on the train all the way to the end of the line, Pasir Ris. From Pasir Ris you can jump on a bus, or take a taxi, to Changi Village. I chose the taxi option and the ride was around 10 minutes.

I’d originally thought about grabbing a bite to eat at the hawker center before heading for a drink but a number of stalls were closed, as this was the week between Christmas and New Year, and those that were open were packed. I decided to head to the brewery for a drink and then I found that they also serve food.

Before I get onto the beer I need to talk about the food. One of the options was a wagyu beef brisket burger with chips for $18. I’m a bit of a sucker for BBQed meat so I was interested in what this would be like.

Well… all I can say was that this was an exquisite burger. Fresh, perfectly cooked and juicy. The bun was firm (though it did fall to pieces before I finished) and the fried chips were perfectly cooked and not overly salty.

Foodwise lunch was a 10 out of 10.

You can get your first pint for $5 with your meal. For your subsequent beers you need to purchase a pre-paid card that you then use on some really modern beer taps.

When you want a beer you grab a clean glass out of the fridge. Once you’ve chosen which beer you want you swipe your card, press the yes button and pour your own beer. You pay for the beer by the milliliter, and each beer has it’s own per milliliter cost. A really cool system! It looks like beers cost about $10/pint on average.

The beer’s that are available on tap constantly change so you could keep coming back here and not be bored.

Definitely worth the train trip.

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