Guided Tour Schedule
What is it?
Literally a tour of the beer brewing factory. The guide talks through the beer brewing process and guides visitors around parts of the (huge) fully automated plant. There are a couple of videos explaining the history of the company and the bottling process.
The tour finishes in the on site tavern replicating the U.K. pub scene.
How did Tiger Beer Brewery come into existence?
Malayan Breweries Limited (MBL) was the original name of Tiger and was a joint venture between two distinguished gentlemen – one of whom had the largest soft drink manufacturers in Malaysia. A late night exchange at the Raffles Hotel between a Heineken executive and Fraser and Naeve resulted in establishing Malayan Breweries. The name Tiger came about after discussion about a Tiger sighting. Tiger is a world grade beer and it has garnered 14 international gold medals in addition to the distinction to the International Brewing Industry Awards in 1998.
What’s involved in The Brewing Process?
Hops, Malt, yeast and water is involved in the brewing process. The tour guide states clearly that no filming or photographs are allowed on this part of the tour, but as there is very little to see except some very large storage containers it is not evident why.
Malt Mill – This is where the malts get crushed, separating the all-important grains from the husks and defining the ultimate flavours of the beer.
Mash Tun – Warm water joins the crushed malt, with the tun slowly heating the mixture until it forms the mash
Lauter Tun – Here the mash gets filtered separating any remaining husks from the extract, also known as the wort.
Wort Copper – In this large tank the wort is boiled and hop extract is added for the aroma and bitterness of a good beer.
Cooling and Fermentation – The wort is cooled and tossed in yeast as it ferments, creating what’s known as a young beer – an immature brew that tastes very different to the final product.
Storage – Typically the young beer matures in storage for around 3 weeks, and sometimes as long as 4.
Filtration – Finally the mature beer is filtered, removing substances such as yeast cells and coagulated proteins. The result is the sparkling beer.
Packaging Hall -The finished beer is bottled and packed on a state-of-the-art production line. This was shown via a video as the tour does not extend to the bottling part of the factory.
The Tiger Tavern
The tour ends at the Tiger Tavern. It looks like a traditional British pub. A free Tiger beer is delivered to your table together with a menu (virtual via a QR code) with a list of other beers brewed there to try. 5 tokens are given to each adult at the start of the tour and these can be redeemed at the tiger Tavern for sample beer sizes. Bar snacks are also available for purchase and is a good idea to avoid getting too tipsy! Due to Covid-19 restrictions the time in the bar was limited to 2 hours so make sure you don’t dawdle with your drinks!
Exclusive merchandise is available to purchase outside the Tiger Tavern. Worth having a look as we found a few items we liked at reasonable prices.
I highly recommend this tour. It’s both fun and educational – so what’s not to like?!
When are the Tours?
Saturday and Sunday (excluding eve of PH and PH)
1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm; 4:00pm, 5:00pm
Booking is only available online and in advance. Tours are limited to 20 people per tour.
Visitors are advised to arrive 10 minutes before the start of the tour. After safe entry check in, All visitors are required to bring along a photo identity card for age verification. Walk-in visitors are not allowed (although I can’t see that happening due to the brewery location!).
How much is it?
$20 per adult and $12 per child
All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ticket price includes a free Tiger beer in the tavern and 5 vouchers for trial size beers so visitors can try several beers produced on site.
Where is it?
459 Jalan Ahmad Ibrahim, Singapore 639934
Tel: (65) 6860 3005
By MRT: Alight at Joo Koon MRT and proceed to the bus interchange to board bus service 182/182M. It takes approximately 15 minutes to reach the Tiger Brewery
Complimentary parking is available on a first come first serve basis. Don’t drink and drive folks!