Craft micro-brewery Little Island Brewing Co launches Asia-first concept for specialist infusion beers
November 4th, 2016
Recently opened in Singapore, Alchemist Beer Lab takes the concept of a specialist beer bar to another level with its focus on exclusively serving in-house crafted beer infusions. As the first bar in Asia to adopt the nascent beer infusion tower technique for adding flavour to freshly brewed beers, Alchemist showcases an impressive array of cylindrical beer towers installed across the bar counter – each offering a distinctively flavoured beer. With a weekly rotation of flavour profiles created by the ingenious infusion process, combinations of culinary ingredients such as fresh tropical fruits, local spices, chocolate, and coffee produce unexpectedly nuanced and flavourful beers across a spectrum of profiles from sweet and spicy to bitter. Complementing the beers, the kitchen at Alchemist serves up a menu of elevated bar snacks and small plate tapas-style dishes.
Design Alchemist is set within the lower ground space of the new upscale South Beach Avenue retail and lifestyle destination adjacent to the soon to open JW Marriott Singapore. With the entire basement space enveloped by a microclimatic canopy, guests can enjoy comfortable all-weather dining across the open terrace settings – or take a seat at the long black marble communal table within the bar. With its sleek contemporary interior, Alchemist exudes an upscale cocktail bar vibe rather than that of the archetypal brew pub.
Infusion Beers The infusion process takes place in series of glass cylinders that allow guests to view the ingredients being fused with the house brews of local craft micro-brewery Little Island Brewing Company (and owners of Alchemist). The different house craft brews provide the base beer for the culinary infusions – with the flavours in the individual 3-litre infusion towers rotated weekly. Recent infusion flavours on the beer list included the Passionista – with cider + passion fruit + mandarin orange; and the Obama – with stout + toasted marshmallow + vanilla pod + mint leaves.
Alchemist Beer Lab operates Mondays to Saturdays from midday. The bar menu offers a progression through the day commencing with a Set Lunch, followed by all-day Bar Snacks, and later, a selection of Evening Tapas.
Alchemist Beer Lab
(images courtesy Alchemist Beer Lab)