When you tuck into your favourite local dishes, is your tipple of choice a frothy mug of Tiger Beer? Luther Ang, bar manager at Lepark shows you how international craft beers can pair just as well with local grub.
I don’t know about you, but I love me a good beer. On sweltering hot days, nothing hits the spot quite like a cold and refreshing beer. I usually have my beer with a side of deep-fried foods like fries, calamari, or chicken wings. However, with the proliferation of craft beers in Singapore, I wanted to find out if there were craft beer labels that are compatible with popular local food. Here are several recommendations to get you started. Of course, everybody’s tastebuds are different, so feel free to get creative!
1. Chicken Rice
Adnams Jack Brand Dry Hopped Lager is brewed with Pilsner malt before being dry hopped with Australian Galaxy hops to add vibrant, fruity hop flavours. This lager works especially well with spicy foods as its crisp bitterness cuts through the spices and keeps your palate refreshed.
2. Fish Head Curry
Deschutes Fresh Squeezed India Pale Ale (IPA) is a hoppy beer and pairs well with heavy flavoured food like fish head curry or even chilli crab. The bitterness of the IPA complement the bold flavours of the various spices, and offers a palate-cleansing effect, much like having tea with greasy food.
3. Bak Chor Mee
The strong vinegary flavours from bak chor mee are best paired with a pale ale such as the BrewDog Dead Pony Club. This Scottish beer has notes of tropical fruit, floral garlands, and a subtly spicy undertone, making it a refreshing accompaniment to your bowl of minced pork noodles.
4. Char Kway Teow
The secret to a good char kway teow often lies in the wok hei and the black sweet sauce. It is the latter that brings out the flavour of the simple ingredients like egg and fish cake. Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout, which hails from Norway, is a dark ale with a roasted malt bitterness tempered with a generous sweetness. The malty sweetness from the stout is a great complement to the savoury sweetness of the fried noodles.
Join us at our first-ever Go Away event!
In conjunction with Lepark and Volkswagen Singapore, Go Away will be organising our first-ever event – #DNAH (Don’t Nuah At Home). As the name suggests, we want you to get out of your homes and go discover just how happening Singapore really is! This campaign to discover Singapore with Go Away starts at Lepark, a beer garden located on the rooftop of People’s Park Complex. Come join us for an afternoon of beers and tapas! There will also be a craft beer appreciation workshop for the first 40 participants, a calligraphy workshop for the first 20 participants, and an Instagram contest where the most creative picture will drive a Volkswagen home for a weekend!
Date: 22 August, Saturday
Time: 3pm to 6pm
Venue: 1 Park Road, Level 6, People’s Park Complex
During the event, snap a picture with the Volkswagen parked at Lepark , hashtag it #DNAHxLepark and you will enjoy 10% off all food items and $6 draft beers!
For just $15, you get to sample 3 unique craft beers and explore which ones go best with your favourite local food. If you love beer and have always been curious about the art behind artisanal beers, this is the workshop you need to sign up for! To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, contact details, and number of seats you’ll like to register for. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so hurry!
[NEW!] Calligraphy Workshop:
Fancy letterforms and beautiful penmanship are trending like crazy on Instagram now, so who better to teach you the art of beautiful penmanship than popular freehand calligrapher Souldeelight? The 2.5-hour workshop is attractively priced at just $130 (Usual: upwards of $140).
Here’s what you’ll receive: nibs, pen holders, papers, souldeelight calligraphy guide, letter guide, and ink. This price also includes one complimentary bottle of beer from Lepark!
To register, email email@example.com with your name, contact details, the workshop you’ll like to register, and the total number of seats you’ll like to register for. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis, so hurry!