Last night courtesy of Singtel and NotaTourist.sg I was able to attend Beerfest Asia 2012 at the Marina Promenade. It was easily the most raucous scene I have encountered in Singapore, and was SO much fun.
There are over 350 different beers on offer (with nary a Tiger in sight!), and tickets range from $30-$40 (including one free beer) for a one-day pass to $110-$160 for a VIP ticket with free-flow beer and a souvenir t-shirt. We happen to have a friend in town visiting, and as he and my husband are big beer fans they opted for the VIP tickets and were not disappointed. And check out their sweet t-shirts:
There were some great cover bands playing (we were there for the Queen & AC/DC portions) and there was even a legitimate mosh-pit in front of the stage. The crowd was a definite mix of locals and expats, but I have never seen so many drunk Singaporeans before in my life. Where have the local party animals been hiding all this time?!
There was also lots of great schwag to be found. The guys got free beer glasses and portable beer coozies replete with lanyard for conveniently carrying their beers around their necks if they so chose (just slightly messy if you happen to bump into someone, and since we arrived at 10pm and some people had been drinking since 6pm, there was a lot of bumping going on). There were some pretty sweet Jaegermeister foam fingers floating around, but there was no way I was going near that stuff.
I did pick up a handy “hard” hat from the Früli Strawberry Beer stand. It was probably the most delicious fruit beer I’ve ever had — light and refreshing but not overly sweet. I highly recommend it!
Our friend Veer is passing through on his way from Sydney, and said the lively and boisterous atmosphere totally changed his perception of Singapore (he was equally shocked to not see a single policeman over the course of his first day in town).
For those who don’t go the free-flow route, you purchase “tokens” at the cashier tables that can then be exchanged for beers at the various booths and bars. It took me a couple tries to figure this system out; the woman at the counter probably thought I was drunk but nope, I was just being slow.
Anyway, if you’re looking for something to do tonight or tomorrow, Beerfest is an absolute must for any beer lover, particularly since brews start from just $5 each (a total steal here in Singapore). The festival is located at the Marina Promenade near the Singapore Flyer and F1 track, and runs from 6pm-3am on Saturday and from 12pm-10pm on Sunday.