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

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Friday:
05:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday:
02:00pm - 10:30pm

Sunday:
Closed

Monday:
Closed

Tuesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

Thursday:
06:30pm - 10:30pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

An imperial stout that’s super chocolatey and easy to drink, albeit a bit thin.

Syrupy but potent. A great pre-festival drink for sure. The menu changes frequently so it’s a fantastic place for discovering new craft beers to pair with hawker food.

Stall name: Chinatown Cooked Food

Manned by two elderly ladies. It sells a small assorted selection of fried Yong Tau foo to go with laksa or fried beehoon or noodles. Go early as the stall sells out very early.

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.

3 Likes

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!

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