PG 32 PET-FRIENDLY VENUE

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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.

AM­BI­ENCE

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.

PET-FRIENDLINESS

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.

AC­CES­SI­BIL­ITY

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.

PRICE

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.

PAW-RAT­ING:

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

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