There will be plenty of pint-glass clinking and sing-along sessions, drunken or otherwise, as Beerfest rolls in from 12 to 15 June this year.
Last year’s event attracted more than 30,000 participants, whether they were into limited batch craft beers or just enjoying fuss-free beers on tap.
Now in its sixth year, Beerfest Asia will be held at the Marina Promenade (the area of the F1 tracks behind the Singapore Flyer), where you will be spoilt for choice with more than 400 beers from 30 countries to sample.
THE BEER, AND THEN SOME
Along with exclusive beers, brought in just for the occasion (Baladin beers from Italy, Rogues Ales’ Rogue Voodoo chocolate, raspberry and doughnut pretzel-flavoured ale from the US), there will also be beers making their Asian debut. This includes Czech-style brew Blue Sky Pilsner from Cairns, Australia and Wunderbar Pilsner from Germany, which also features an alcohol-free version.
From left to right: Blue Sky Pilsner, Baladin beer and Rogues Voodoo Ale
For those who don't want beer, a selection of ciders, whiskeys and wines are available. This will be the second year that a Whiskey Lounge is set up for you to sip fine whiskey chasers.
ROCK OUT, LAUGH OUT LOUD
Complementing the drinks will be a good mix of entertainment, where patrons may rock out with tribute bands (there are seven in total) or have some laughs at a comedy lounge.
Returning favourites Killer Queen are set to deliver a healthy dose of glam rock, while The Australian Beatles will hit you with some popular classics.
Nevermind Nirvana will offer a dose of '90s grunge; nOasis, some '90s Brit Rock; and all-girl rock group Chick Flick will perform staples from Led Zeppelin and Guns N' Roses.
Tribute bands at Beerfest Asia 2014 include The Australian Beatles, nOasis and Chick Flick
At the comedy "tent" on site, Singaporean and Malaysian comedians will go head to head in the Causeway Comedy Cup. Representing Singapore are Fakkah Fuzz of 'Tak Ada Wi-Fi' fame and Jinx Yeo (who has supported the likes of Rob Schneider and Emo Philips).
In the Malaysian corner, there is Kavin J, who founded Young Comedians of Malaysia, and Rizal van Geyzel, who has been touted as the latest sensation in the standup comedy scene.
It'll be Singapore versus Malaysia as comedians from both sides of The Causeway battle to get laughs. From left to right: Singapore's Jinx Yeo and Fakkah Fuzz, Malaysia's Rizal van Geyzel and Kavin J
Australian comedians Colin Cole and Jonathan Atherton, as well as familiar face Papa CJ from India will be rounding up the lineup.
For the more serious beer connoisseurs, look out for the beer appreciation talks and workshops lead by industry experts, as well as beer auctions. Patrons stand a chance to win prizes during games and festival activities.
On the last day of Beerfest, Sunday 15 June, the event is open to children and their adult minders or parents. Indoor bouncing castles, ball pools, and arts and crafts activities are available at the Brewkids Playard. For those so inclined, musical instruments workshops conducted by Timbre Music Academy are open to children aged four to 12 (children aged three and below must be accompanied by an adult). Admission to the play area is $5 per child.
Cheers to a good time.
Beerfest Asia 2014 | Date: 12-15 June 2014 | Time: Thu 6pm-1am; Fri-Sat 6pm-2am; Sun noon-10pm | Venue: Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer) | Tickets: $30-$130 from Sistic