Thirsty? BEERFEST ASIA returns to Singapore for its 5th edition with promise of more beers, beverages, bands and banter.
Block the dates, bring your date and head over to Marina Promenade (the F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer) from 13 to 16 June 2013 for a jolly good time at Beerfest Asia 2013. Last year I had a wonderful chill out with my former colleagues (click here to see my blog post for Beerfest Asia 2012). This year, expect more than 300 types of beer from all over the world, live stage performances, a comedy club, beer auctions and tasting workshops. The organisers promise a distinct experience packed with great entertainment, drinks and food!
Every year, without fail, Beerfest Asia will introduce new beers to Singapore. This year, look out for new varieties such as the UK’s Hollows Ginger Beer (4.0% ABV) brewed with Chinese ginger root and German beer EKU 28, with a full-bodied malt aroma and one of the strongest beers in the world at 11% ABV. If you crave for a dessert beer, be sure to check out the new flavours of fruit beers from Taiwan Beer.
Besides being able to purchase bottled beer at special prices, tasting beers before purchase, and sampling beers new to either the festival or the market, ticket holders can learn how beer is made and try brewing it yourself at home at the new Craft Beer Experience section and even purchase a beer brewing kit home.
“We started this festival to raise the profile and appreciation of beer, and a significant part of the appreciation is understanding the process by which beer is made,” says Festival Director Edward Chia. “This is the only festival that not only makes this process highly interactive and entertaining, but also brings hundreds of the world’s best beers to you in one location.”
This year, the festival adds a new fourth marquee, Whisky & Wine Lounge, to its line up with a range of premium and limited edition products on offer and tasting from exhibitors, Cornerstone Wines and Beam Global.
Entertainment is also one of the main highlights of this beer festival. After all, Timbre (the parent company of Beerfest Asia) is known for its booze and music. This year, be entertained by international tribute bands like Killer Queen, The Australian Guns’N’Roses Show, The Fortunate Sons, Melbourne’s premier Creedance Clearwater Revival (CCR)/Fogerty Tribute band and a host of the best of Singapore’s local bands, including Shagies and 53A.
Also raising the bar on entertainment this year are Comedy Club Asia acts Sons of Singapore, a local comedy trio who were top performers at last year’s “Stand Up For Singapore” and a hit at Beerfest Asia 2012. The trio will be joined by international talents Tom Rhodes (USA), Stephen Grant (UK) and Steve Allison (AUS). Hosted by the popular and multi-linguistic comedic talent Jonathan Atherton, there is no better combination of award-winning wit, energy, intellect and absurdity. DJs from Power 98 will also be there on Friday, 14 June 2013 to entertain patrons of the festival.
Tickets are now available from SISTIC, with limited early bird / advance one-day passes as well as four-day passes available. Or choose to enjoy Beerfest Asia with the VIP package, which includes S$50 worth of Beerfest credits, a buffet dinner from 7pm-9pm, admission to a reserved VIP area with air coolers and reserved seating, one festival T-shirt and one souvenir programme, and express entry. Festival + Comedy combos are also available, and all festival-goers have the option to purchase single show comedy tickets at the door within Beerfest Asia. All Standard / Combo tickets are inclusive of a free beer redeemed on festival grounds.
1-Day OCBC Exclusive Pass: S$15 exclusively for OCBC Cardmembers, while stocks last
1-Day Advance Pass: S$20 (13 & 16 June) / S$28 (14 & 15 June), while stocks last or until 12 June 2013
1-Day Standard Pass: S$30 (13 & 16 June) / S$40 (14 & 15 June), available on festival days via SISTIC or at the gates
4-Day OCBC Exclusive Pass: S$50 exclusively for OCBC Card members, while stocks last
4-Day Public Pass: S$80, while stocks last
VIP Packages – the ultimate way to enjoy Beerfest Asia: S$130 (13 & 16 June) / S$180 (14 & 15 June)
Comedy + Festival Entry Combo Tickets: S$40 (13 & 16 June) / S$50 (14 & 15 June)
Dates: Thursday to Sunday, 13 to 16 June 2013
13 June: 4pm – 6pm (Trade only), 6pm – 1am (Public)
14 & 15 June: 6pm – 2am
16 June: 12pm – 10pm
Venue: Marina Promenade (F1 tracks behind Singapore Flyer)
Twitter: www.twitter.com/beerfestasia #BFA2013
Visit www.beerfestasia.com for updates on beers, beverages, ticket sales, the Asia Beer Awards, food and entertainment.