Fun In A Can: Sentosa’s Islander Brew Is A Series Of Four Craft Beers Inspired By Island Life

There’re a few things in life that never fail to put us in a holiday mood: beaches, sea breeze, and an ice-cold beer to cap it off. It’s only the start of the year, but we’re already craving a getaway – and luckily, it looks like Sentosa has the cure. This island paradise has no end of golden sands and good eats to help us unwind, and now they’re amping up the good vibes with their own Sentosa-inspired craft beers   Islander Brew.

Fun In A Can

Born of a collaboration between the island and Singapore’s largest independent craft brewery Brewerkz, Islander Brew is a set of four beers paying homage to Sentosa’s landmarks. Launched just last November, each brew is inspired by various edible plants on Sentosa – cocoa, lime, jasmine, nutmeg – so you can almost taste your island escape in a can. 

The Siloso Beach Lime Sea Salt Gose is a low-ABV sour that’s a hat tip to Sentosa’s hippest beach. Brewed with sea salt and kaffir lime, this gose is laced with citrusy zest and a saline finish – easily quaffable on the golden sands. Meanwhile, the Tanjong Rimau Yuzu Nutmeg Witbier captures the flavours of one of Singapore’s last remaining coastal cliffs. Its yuzu and coriander notes, married with spicy undertones of nutmeg, channel the rugged nature that thrives on this rocky shore.

Photo courtesy of Sentosa Development Corporation

Looking for a more historical getaway? Take a sip of history with the Fort Siloso Chocolate Vanilla Porter. This English-style porter pays homage to the British defence of Singapore in World War II, with a silky chocolate body packing a coffee punch. Finally, the Bukit Manis Jasmine Kolsch evokes the wellness spas and lush calm of Bukit Manis Road. In true Kölsch style, this sparkling brew is crisp, clean, and crushable. Infused with calming hints of jasmine, just a whiff will rejuvenate you.

Dining With A Brew

So where can you get your hands on an Islander Brew? All four flavours are now available at selected F&B and retail outlets in Sentosa, so you can pair your brew with a whole plethora of cuisines. Sentosa Islander members can get even more brew for their buck with an exclusive 1-for-1 Islander Brew Promotion, from now till 28 February 2021 – simply purchase any 330ml can of Islander Brew from outlets in Sentosa and you can snag a second can free. Here’s our guide to the best spots to hit up for your taste of island paradise. 

Mount Faber

Photo courtesy of Dusk Restaurant & Bar

Nothing spells dreamy like a cable car adventure up Mount Faber by sunset, followed by dinner with a view (and a brew). High atop Faber Peak, Dusk Restaurant & Bar offers jaw-dropping views over Sentosa alongside elegant European tapas and meats – we reckon the Fort Siloso porter would be fabulous with some Beef Cheek with Port Wine Demi Glaze (S$20). Nearby, Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro is an airy garden oasis where you can tuck into burgers and inventive bites like the Chili Crab Potato Skins (S$18) – paired with craft beers, of course.

Quayside Isle

Photo courtesy of Two Chefs Bar

Picking just one restaurant is a tough call in the dining haven that is Quayside Isle, so here’s a bit of help. At Mykonos On The Bay, tuck into Greek staples like fluffy pita bread and oozy Mousaka (S$27), complete with waterfront views and the sea salt-laced Siloso Beach gose to match. For a different slice of the Mediterranean, Solepomodoro Trattoria Pizzeria serves up traditional Italian fare, including pizzas crafted from dough cold-fermented for over 70 hours to bring out marvellous flavours.

If you can’t decide between Mexican or Italian, get the best of both at Two Chefs Bar. The menu here runs the gamut from carbonara to chimichangas – they also do a crabmeat-packed Penne ala Vodka that pairs nicely with the crisp, tart Tanjong Rimau witbier. And you can’t go wrong with Rock Bar Burger & Steakhouse for meaty fare like wagyu beef burgers and steaks sizzling hot from the grill.

Siloso Beach

Photo courtesy of Trapizza

Whether it’s golden sands or adventure thrills you’re after, Siloso Beach is unbeatable for a sun-soaked getaway. Come sunset, head over to beachside eatery Trapizza to refuel with their thin-crust, wood-fired pizzas. Their Pizza di Mare (S$27) is a smorgasbord of prawns, mussels, and crabmeat that’ll amp up those seaside vibes – just the thing to pair with a glass of tart, faintly briny Siloso Beach gose.

Bukit Manis

Photo courtesy of Golfer’s Terrace

Enjoying a spa day at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa? Dial up the wellness with a sparkling sip of Bukit Manis Jasmine Kolsch right after. Snag this brew along with the other three beers in the series at many of the resort’s dining options. Head over to its all-day buffet restaurant, Kwee Zeen, for eats ranging from French to Pan-Asian, or recharge with inventive Italian creations and sea views at The Cliff.

If you’re hitting the greens at Sentosa Golf Club, cool off with an ice-cold pint at Panamericana. This farm-to-fire concept is known for its deliciously smoke-kissed surf ‘n’ turf, dished up hot off its Argentinian-style grill. Or lounge back at Golfer’s Terrace, where you can take in sweeping views of rolling greens and sea as you feast on your pick of Chinese, Western, Japanese, and Korean fare.

If you’re wondering about getting around while buzzed, don’t fret. From now till 31 March 2021, you can get S$4 off your Grab ride into Sentosa with the code SentosaFun, while codes last. Looks like your escape from reality is all set.

This post is brought to you in partnership with Sentosa Development Corporation. 

Lifestyle Writer

Jolene has a major sweet tooth and would happily eat pastries for all meals. When she’s not dreaming of cheesecake, she can be found in the dance studio, working on craft projects, or curled up with a good book.