Home brewing supply stores are a rarity in Singapore. You’ll never come across one by chance during your visit to a shopping mall. And that’s understandable, given how they are very few and far between. Home brewing, after all, is still very much a nascent hobby here.
In fact, in Singapore, we count only two places dedicated to supplying home brewing equipment and ingredients here – iBrew and Homebrew Co-op. Here’s a little about each of them and what you can count on them for.
It’s safe to say that the home brewing 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 home brewers 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.
Home brewers look to iBrew for all their quintessential supplies too, of course. 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 advanced stuff too. 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 in their Clementi shopfront and peruse the wonderful world of home brewing for yourself while shooting the breeze with fellow home brew enthusiasts.
Founded in 2014, the Homebrew Co-op is started with the idea of fostering a home brewing community, or co-operative, in mind. To that end, they wish to instill the idea that home brewing 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 consumers, 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.
Other home brew stores?
If you’re looking to get started in home brewing in Singapore, these two place 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.