Have you wondered what ingredients go into that perfect brew? Or how cold your Tiger beer should be served?
Well, you can join the Tiger Brewery Tour for an intoxicating insight! Thanks to Asia Pacific Breweries (APB), my colleagues and I from the Association of Singapore Attractions had a chance to learn how the world famous Tiger beer is being made on a daily basis. Stimulating the five senses – sight, sound, scent, taste and touch – the tour allowed one to experience the Tiger brand in a holistic fashion.
Held at the APB plant itself at Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, the tour takes one through a visitor’s centre with an orientation video, the Brew House where one learnt how the various ingredients come together, the Packaging Gallery enlightening one on the bottling and canning process, as well as the Tiger Den and Tiger Tavern. You can book a tour by signing up here (note that they’re only open from Mondays to Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm).
Can you name the four ingredients that goes into a beer? Give up? Well, they are malts, hops, yeast and water. A sample of these were availabel for visitors to see (unfortunately we couldn’t taste them).
We next walked into a huge plant where the process of milling, mashing and boiling, fermentation, storage and filtration are done. Unfortunately photos are not allowed. However, you can see some photos of the boiling and fermentation tanks and pipes here.
The Packaging Gallery enlightened us on the process of how beer was bottled or canned with an “interactive” movie starring local actor Gerald Chew. Following that introduction, we were whisked to a room full of equipment. Here you can see how beer bottles are electronically scanned for defects.
For the beer geek (eg Daniel Goh of The Good Beer Company), these little factoids should slake their thirst for knowledge. Of course the biggest news now is that global brewing giant Heineken is offering to buy APB with a $5.1 billion takeover offer.
The Tiger Den offers lots of merchandise for aficionados and collectors alike.
Finally, the most important stop for the afternoon was the Tiger Tavern. Decked in warm hues of dark wood and leather, it brought back an old world charm.