For the ‘Confection Cure Pale Ale’, Chen was inspired by his favourite dessert: cheng tng, a cooling treat that uses a good balance of molasses, red dates and longan. “In our Pale Ale, we wanted to achieve that balance using a variety of barley malts together with our Citra and Mosaic hops, so as to achieve that bittersweet malty profile with hints of melon, mango and lychee aromas,” he shares.
“In our Not Home Alone Sour Ale, we started with the intention to create an alcoholic version of our childhood drink, Yakult. We brewed our Sour Ale through kettled sour with lactobacillus as well as white peach and rock melon. The final product is a refreshing balanced juicy and tart mouthfeel, with peach and melon nuances, and wisp of rambutan and watermelon from the Galaxy hops.”
Additionally, Chen deliberately makes most of his beers “drier” on the mouthfeel, so that they can enhance food pairing experiences, as he noticed that ‘fuller’ beers tend to overpower the food that we consume.
In the near future, he hopes to work with F&B partners on pop-up collaboration events to showcase Niang beers with their special exclusive food offerings. For the craft beer community here to thrive, he thinks that local brewers need to conscientiously educate and encourage more people to enjoy good quality beer.
“I truly believe that with a collectively effort, our local vibrant beer community will benefit. I do see that our local craft beer scene has definitely developed and grown, and hope that once tourism resumes, we will be able to reopen and showcase what the best of Singapore has to offer for craft beer.”
The beers are currently available via their online store (www.niangbrewery.co), and can be delivered within 24 hours.