An Intimate Beer Den in the Lion City

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Alchemy Beer Lab’s chic interior.

If you’re planning a visit to Singapore later this year, why not check out one of the latest arrivals on its growing craft beer scene? Billed as Asia’s first and only infusion beer lab, Alchemist Beer Lab was recently launched at the South Beach development in the heart of the city. Conceived by the same team behind microbrewery-pub Little Island Brewing Co. at Changi Village, the new venue offers a wide variety of unconventional libations with 16 state-of-the-art beer infusion towers.

Half of the taps consist of draft beer from Little Island Brewing Co., such as That Old Black Magic, a dry Irish nitro stout that clinched a Gold Medal at the 2016 Asia Beer Awards. The remaining eight towers feature experimental infusions ranging from marshmallow, vanilla pod and mint leaves to grilled pineapple and anise.

With a muted color palette highlighted by wooden accents, and a half-vaulted nine-meter-high ceiling, the bar space was designed by Akira Kita Architecture to evoke the sacred spaces where alchemy was practiced in medieval Europe. Hungry patrons can pair their drinks with dishes from a modern European tapas-style menu, such as slow cooked pork cheeks served with tangy and sweet red cabbage, or indulgent duck fat chips with chipotle salt.

Located in the basement of South Beach Avenue—the retail component of the South Beach development—the bar is easily accessible from Exit A of Esplanade MRT station.

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