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335 Smith Street
#02-062 Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Singapore 050335

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Wednesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Friday:
05:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday:
02:00pm - 10:30pm

Sunday:
Closed

Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

Smith Street Taps is back in action after a 3 month hiatus, and on their opening last Friday, all pints were going for a modest $12 per pop. Also to celebrate, Smith Street Taps had a threesome with Little Creatures Brewing & Freehouse and The Chinatown Hustle Double IPA was born.

At 8.3% abv, it’s a mild DIPA, but it’s shockingly bitter and the hops were absolutely running riot within. The obligatory citrus notes within the DIPA were actually overwhelmed by the hops, which certainly is no mean feat.

The Chinatown Hustle is probably better when paired with some real good zi char or that famous claypot rice, but when drinking solo, I’ll just have one for the road.

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Brewlander is probably my favorite homegrown Singaporean SME right now (no prizes for guessing why), and absolute national treasures such as their Courage Double IPA (DIPA) will only boost their IPO value.

It’s brewed in Cambodia (booooo! What happened to #supportlocal?), but it’s still technically Singaporean. Just like Singapore, it’s deceivingly diminutive and unassuming, but it will kick your ass with its 8.2% ABV if you mess with it.

Why do I say that it’s unassuming? Well, the Brewlander Courage doesn’t taste like an IPA at all, let alone a DIPA. The wild hoppiness which characterizes an IPA that I eventually got sick of is absent, and it’s actually quite restrained. It smells of orange and a bit of lemon zest, and the taste says orange, lemon, honey and a mild suggestion of hops.

Better yet, it’s moderately carbonated, and it won’t turn you into a German Gasbag. Which means that you don’t stop til’ you get enough, and it’s pretty hard to get enough of Singapore’s star export.

So, go ahead, grab some liquid Courage, and go chat up that attractive lady over there. You’ll do fine, my friend.

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And welcome the Yeastie Boys with their latest hit, Pot Kettle Black! This porter wafts with aromas of coffee and toffee, and tastes pretty much the same, albeit with the addition of strong, sweet malt and trace of caramel. It's as black as my heart and has the bitter finish to prove it, but it's still a charmingly chuggable brew.

The tables around Smith Street Taps tends to get pretty lit especially on Saturdays, and it gets wilder as the night gets deeper. Take a risk as well as a sip of liquid courage before taking the plunge to join in the festivities!

4 Likes

Amager's Dark Overlord imperial stout sounds incredibly imposing, but it's just a front for its real sticky sweet nature. After letting it warm up, it smelled of roasted malts, coffee and a whole lotta alcohol.

As for the taste itself, the sweetness nearly overwhelms your senses, restrained only by the equally strong waves of bitterness pulling the other way on the flavor spectrum. It took a few swigs before I managed to pick out the notes of coffee and roasted malt, and another flavor I couldn't quite place due to the overwhelming sweetness. It's smooth, slightly oily, full bodied and has a very creamy mouthfeel from start to finish.

Fortunately, the booze maestros at Smith Street Taps served it up in a half pint glass, otherwise I would've had one heck of a time trying to finish this pint off due to the sharp contrast of the cloying sweetness dueling with the equally forceful bitterness of the stout. This was one of the few brews I found myself incapable of chugging down, aided by the fact that this is quite possibly the thickest and stickiest brew I've had so far. A better beer buff than I can probably properly appreciate the Dark Overlord, but this boy didn't quite agree with this brew.

#BurppleCraftBeer

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Since it's Friday, it's time for my liver to work hard. This beautiful blonde pint of Fortunate Islands from Modern Times' Beer is a real purdy party starter.

It's basically the love child of a sturdy wheat beer and a hoppy, wild IPA that hooked up in a very small space (kek), as it goes down easy like a good blonde wheat beer should, but you get the hoppiness and distinctive bitterness of an IPA at the tail end of every swig.

It tastes strongly of citrus fruits with lemon being the most prominent, along with notes of papaya and mango present for the party throughout. The heavy hoppiness really kicks in at the end, but the smoothness helps to still ensure that it's still chuggable. It's crisp and utterly refreshing, a great accompaniment to the great hawker food at Chinatown Complex.

Smith Street Taps is a real great place to get real good brews on draft at real good prices. Better yet, the booze on tap gets rotated out every few weeks or so, meaning that you get to try all kinds of brews. All kindssssss.

#BurppleCraftBeer

7 Likes

Whether you’re slurping down a bowl of comforting fish soup from Mr Fish or you’ve endured the hour-long wait at the one-Michelin-starred Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice (good on you!), reward yourself with a lovely, ice-cold pint from Smith Street Taps. The sister outlet of The Good Beer Company, this haven for craft beer lovers offers familiar names like Sapporo alongside lesser-known brews from all over the world at very affordable price tags ($10-$12 for a pint). Don't be shy to talk to owners Daniel and Meng Chao for recommendations — it'd be silly to miss out on a great food pairing, or a truly unique pour. If available, go for the German Weihenstephaner ($12), a wheat beer that Burpple Tastemaker Russell Leong describes as “refreshing and light with a whiff of wheat and a tease of fruitiness”.
Avg Price: $15 per person (drinks only)
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Russell Leong

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