PG 32 PET-FRIENDLY VENUE
Enjoy house-brewed craft beers at this rustic microbrewery.
If you’re a paw-rent and a serious beer connoisseur, head to Little Island Brewing Co with your pooch for an indulgent craft beer tasting sesh. Smoked meats and a sea view complete the experience.
BY GILLIAN LIM
if you aren’t an east-sider, getting to Little Island Brewing Co (LIBC) takes some commitment. But it’s definitely worth the journey if you know your ales from your lagers.
How serious is this three-year-old microbrewery? There are 10 massive brewing tanks and a whopping 30 selfpouring tap stations dispensing original local craft beers, house-brewed sodas and wines. Now, that’s dedication.
Located at a 10,000 sq ft area in Changi Village, the casual joint sits within an industrial-style warehouse space furnished with concrete counters, communal wooden tables and twinkling fairy lights. Once you’re there, purchase a stored value card (minimum credit of $10), and then head to the self-dispensing draft wall where you can be your own bartender.
While pooches aren’t allowed indoors unless it’s raining, furkids are welcome in the sprawling 300-seater al fresco dining area. The indoor seating area can fit 182 patrons, and water, ice and cutlery are located at self-serving central counters—great for paw-rents who wish to fetch water for their furkids. The breezy establishment isn’t fenced up and the carpark is right outside, so keep your canine companion leashed at all times.
FOOD AND DRINK
Start off with a plate of Chicken Wings ($8), which are coated with sticky Thai spices and topped with tangy Vietnamese dressing, and the grilled Chili Pumpkin ($10), which comes with Greek yoghurt, tomato salsa, pine nuts and caramelised onions. For those who love crunchy sides, snack on the Crispy Whitebait ($10), which is deep-fried silver fish tossed with sumac-spiced sea salt—a surefire hit with the kids.
As for mains, the Grilled Fish ($32), a chargrilled and salt-wrapped whole red snapper, was fresh and moist. We ordered the hearty Meat Platter ($48)—great for big groups—which comprised LIBC’s signature 15-hour smoked Wagyu beef brisket, crispy roast pork belly, chicken inasal and smoked pork sausage. But our favourite was the Balinese Pork Ribs ($26), which was so tender, the meat slid off the bone. We concluded the meal with a classic Sticky Date Pudding ($12), a sinfully indulgent combo of butterscotch sauce, dense pudding and vanilla ice cream.
While LIBC has a wide variety of drinks, including beer, cider, homemade soda and wine, we recommend the Naked Lager ($12 for 450ml)—an extra pale beer that fills your mouth with notes of sweet honey, vanilla and malt—and That Old Black Magic ($12 for 450ml), a dark, creamy Irish stout with hints of chocolate and coffee. The brews are also sold in 100ml quantities ($1.90 to $5), so if you can’t make up your mind, try them all! The draft beer list is rotated regularly because the brewery is always concocting new brews in small batches, so call to check if your favourite drink is available before dropping by.
The brewery’s pretty quiet in the day, but it comes to life at night. On weekends,
expect bustling crowds, live bands and a flurry of activity at the self-pouring taps. With its concrete flooring, long wooden tables and rustic industrial vibe, LIBC brings to mind a hipper beer garden. There are no fans in the outdoor area, but it’s fairly cool as it’s near the sea. There’s a transparent tent over the al fresco area, so you’ll be covered on wet days.
There’s plenty of room outdoors, so bigger breeds should have no problem fitting in. However, dogs aren’t allowed indoors and have to be leashed at all times. There’s no furkid menu, but you can help yourself to an unlimited supply of water and ice.
Although Changi Village is as far as the east gets, LIBC is conveniently located right behind the village’s hawker centre so you can’t miss it. A much-appreciated boon is the on-site car park that can fit up to 30 cars. The nearest train station, Pasir Ris MRT, is more than 10 minutes by car, but there are several bus services that operate from Changi Village Bus Terminal, which is right next door.
A meal here won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Appetisers start from $8, mains from $14, salads from $8, desserts from $3, and drinks from $1.90.
This microbrewery will definitely be a hit with craft beer loving paw-rents—the grub is tasty and affordable, and the homemade brews are outstanding. LIBC is the perfect spot for casual, laidback evenings with friends when the weather is cool. However, with outdoor-only seating for dog owners, it’s probably less comfortable on rainy or extremely sunny days.
LittleIslandBrewingCo Blk6ChangiVillage #01-01/02 Tel:65439100 Openinghours:12pm-11pm(Sundayto Thursday);12pm-12am(Friday);and11am12am(Saturday).Lastordersat10pm. s