If you’re hoping to stumble onto a shop at the shopping mall in Singapore that will meet your homebrewing needs, you’ll never find what you’re looking for.
Equipment and ingredients needed for homebrewing are niche and the scene is still so nascent that there are only a grand total of (wait for it..) three homebrewing stores to be found in the whole country.
Thankfully, they all offer everything you could possibly need, and even provide online delivery options as well, so your supply of grains, hops and yeast are always just a few clicks away.
Below, find out a little about each of them and what products and services you can expect when paying their store a visit.
It’s safe to say that the homebrewing community in Singapore has been cultivated by the folks behind iBrew. Having been around since 2004, they are perhaps best known for organizing the annual iBrew Challenge. It’s a festival and competition where homebrewers gather to both showcase their beers and to have a taste of what’s been brewing in other people’s homes. A panel of judges also award a Best of Show accolade to the best home brew that took part. The 2019 edition marked the 13th year running of the iBrew Challenge.
Homebrewers look to iBrew for all their quintessential supplies. They’ve got the basic stuff like beer and wine brewing kits, carboys, brewing extracts, yeast, sanitizers, bottles, you name it. But they’ve got the fancy stuff as well. Whether you’re looking for specialty grains and hops, yeast nutrients or temperature control equipment (especially needed in Singapore), they’ve got you covered. They even provide a custom draft system installation service, if you’re thinking of having a tap bar at home.
Best of all, they are a mighty friendly bunch. Simply WhatsApp, call or email them to find out more and make a purchase. Or pop by their Clementi shopfront and peruse the wonderful world of homebrewing for yourself while shooting the breeze with fellow homebrew enthusiasts.
Founded in 2014, the Homebrew Co-op was started with the idea of fostering a homebrewing community, or co-operative, in mind. To that end, they wish to instill the idea that homebrewing is a fun and rewarding hobby (it is!) to as many people as they can. And they do so by conducting workshops for all levels of beer buffs. Start with a simple Beer Appreciation Workshop to taste and learn about various beer styles, before moving on to basic extract-based brewing or just get on with the more advanced all-grain brewing workshops.
You’ll find very different brands carried at Homebrew Co-op compared to iBrew. This is good for us, as that means greater variety available in the market. Like iBrew, all your bases are covered here, including starter kits, malts, hops and yeasts. Or go truly DIY and build your own brewing system with their wide range of fermenters, airlocks, bottling equipment, faucets, valves and more. They even stock oak staves in case you’re thinking of doing some ageing of your own.
They’re located in an industrial area at MacPherson, so it’s slightly more central compared to iBrew. Feel free to head on over to check ’em out or just browse their e-store.
This cute homebrew supply store is the newest in town, and found at the relatively convenient location of King George’s Avenue. Not much is known about them yet (they seem to be still setting up their online store), but BrewCat is shaping up well with regular homebrew and craft beer appreciation workshops being held on-premise.
Their location and branding also lends itself well to attracting a new, younger generation of homebrewers who may wish to simply get their feet wet first, before deciding if they would want to take the plunge into the wonderful world of homebrewing.
Other homebrew stores?
If you’re looking to get started with homebrewing in Singapore, the abovementioned places are your best bets. However, with e-commerce so ubiquitous, a world of other resources are at your fingertips. Places like Amazon and Lazada carry lots of stock and are worth looking at too for homebrewing supplies.