Frothy black substance seen floating on top off Tuas

3 09 2010

Off Tuas Road that is … at the Asia Pacific Breweries (APB). The folks there who are responsible for bringing Guinness to Singapore, were kind enough to organise an inaugural meet up for fans of the liquid black gold. The fans were treated to a tour of the brewery (not that Guinness is brewed there … we were told that the Guinness we get here is in fact brewed in the Emerald Isle, Ireland, and is actually not black as it appears to the naked eye, but a rather dark shade of ruby red, during the course of the evening). It was certainly a night not to forget, as following the tour of the brewery, there was still time to indulge in a few pints of the glorious ruby red stuff at the Tiger Tavern next door.

The Tiger Tavern at APB in Tuas.

Beer delivery in the good old days ... surely there couldn't have been enough beer to go around!

Having had the opportunity to visit breweries and distilleries which always seem to be dominated by the copper kettles and vats, I guess the visit to the brewery wasn’t remarkable in itself, but there still something that I learnt in the process … that while we take things standing up, the Dutch seem more laid back in taking things lying down: Heineken is fermented in a horizontal tank whereas most other beers are fermented in a vertical tank.

While we take things standing up ....

The Dutch seem more inclined towards a more laid back approach ... Heineken is fermented in horizontal tanks.

Another thing I learnt that evening once was that Guinness was in many ways lighter than lager … first by having less calories than lager … and also that it is actually a less dense liquid and can be made to float on lager by a skilled bartender … what the Guinness folks call a “Black and White” – also referred to as a “Black and Tan” more generically. A spoon is used in the process to tap the Guinness into half a glass of lager … a process made to look easy by the skilled bartender who in no time at all, produced a pint of what was certainly a sight to behold: Black liquid floating on gold.

Making a Guinness Black and White ...

Easy does it ...

Voilà! The frothy black substance floating on top of a little more than half a glass of lager.

Of course the evening wouldn’t have been complete without some fun … some lucky people walked home with the much coveted new Guinness Pint Glass which is being introduced this September and several other prizes by providing correct answers to questions posed by the Guinness Team and also with some creative attempts as downing a pint of Guinness ….

Getting creative at downing a pint of Guinness!

Oh, and I did learn one more thing … that beer doesn’t cause a “beer belly” as is commonly thought … it does however increase one’s appetite … so I guess there’s only one thing left to blame – too much of the other good stuff, food, which the folks at APB were kind enough to provide an excellent spread of for the evening to complement the Guinness. I understand that they would be organising more events like this … and it is certainly worth to keep your eyes and ears wide open for a really good time.

Saying goodbye ...