Coconuts Hot Spot: Smith Street Taps at Chinatown Food Centre

He blogs, he helps improve National Environment Agency licensing conditions and brings good beer to the realm of hawker centres. Daniel Goh has expanded on the latter with the opening of Smith Street Taps, located just a few stalls down from The Good Beer Company. A collaboration with Meng Chao, owner of beer shop Brewers’ Craft, the new venue will feature a rotating selection of eight draft beers.

What’s hot: Following the taproom concept popular in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia, Smith Street Taps gives you the opportunity to drink beers you’ve probably never seen before because not everything gets bottled, especially when it comes to small breweries and limited or seasonal releases. These beers are also close to brewery-fresh and are served at specific temperatures that bring out the best in them.

What’s not: Well, if we have to say something, it could be even cooler if it was in a different location. We’d love to see the Good Beer/Brewers’ Craft culture spread to the heartlands and other under-appreciated or forgotten complexes.

Verdict: Hot — in two short hours we got to try some reliable Sapporo, floral and crisp Adnams Ghost Ship, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, bursting with banana and clove flavours, the hard-hitting 8.7% alcohol by volume Steenbrugge Tripel, Jungle Beer’s unusual Quayside Coolie vanilla porter, Hitachino Nest’s unique Anbai Sour Plum Ale, Rogue’s malty Hazelnut Brown Nectar and the brawny Sambrooks Powerhouse Porter (priced between $6 and $13 a glass).  

Smith Street Taps is at #02-62 Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith St. Open Mon — Sat 6:30 —10:30pm.

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