‘Home-grown’ breweries gaining popularity

  • AseanPlus News
  • Saturday, 18 Dec 2004

MOVE over, Tiger beer, Singaporeans are moving their breweries into the kitchen. Since laws were relaxed in March allowing people to brew up to 30 litres of beer at home, a modest but growing group of enthusiasts has emerged in Singapore. 

Suppliers say more than 400 home-brew kits have been sold so far, but with more retailers marketing the products, the practice looks set to rise in popularity.  

Distributor of the S$128 (RM295) Mr Beer kit, 60-year-old Kaushal K. Srivastava, said he has sold 20 kits since September. By the end of this month, the kits will be available at FairPrice supermarkets.  

Other suppliers have reported steady sales, with kits that offer consumers the chance – using pre-mixed packages, water and up to 10 days of waiting time – to make beer that costs about S$2 (RM4.60) a litre.  

The most recent arrival on the market is Sinocan, which launched The Beer Machine last month at Carrefour in Suntec City and Plaza Singapura. While the kit costs S$198 (RM456), each packaged mix costs about S$18 (RM41) and yields about 10 litres of beer – lowering costs to S$1.80 (RM4.10) a litre. – The Straits Times/ANN  

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