Whenever my hubby is thirsty, he reaches for a beer. I’m like “Thirsty? Drink water then!”. But clearly I’m not getting the point.
But I think I could get it if my fridge was stocked with my new find – thanks to Freehouse, a new craft beer joint at Boon Tat Street (just above Cheek By Jowl – a smashing restaurant) – the Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar.
You got me at Hazelnut and Nectar, babe. One whiff of it and I was in love. The chocolatey, hazelnutty smell translates just as well into the taste, which is smooth and like…well, nectar. Could have sufficed as a dessert!
Our super Freehouse waiter said it tastes a little bit like Nutella, and yeah – it kinda does. I think it’s more like Ferrero Rocher but you get the chocolate hazelnut point.
I love variety so I went for the tasting paddle – for $20 you get 4 glasses (5oz each) that you can choose amongst the rotating 14-16 beers on tap. Not too mindboggling a task because 1) the super Freehouse waiter was more than happy to give us his take on each and 2) the menu does describe each beer well.
So, I tried the “lemon, vanilla” Mornington Sorachi Kolsch (light and lemony indeed), the Rogue 7 Hop IPA (described as Pine, Orange and Hoppy – hubby liked it), my new fave craft beer, the aforementioned Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar and the final one (because the waiter said it tastes like X’mas and it was described as dessert spices, malty and chocolate) the Lervig Kringly Kris – and now I know why I’m not a fan of X’mas. Kidding. It wasn’t to my taste, nor my hubby’s but who knows – you might just think it’s liquid gold.
We’ve loved Hitachino Nest since we discovered it in Tokyo, so happy to report, you have this on tap too.
Food-wise, the menu is Asian-inspired pub grub like Fish Bites ($9), Cereal Frog Legs ($17) and Bacon Tempura ($9).
We weren’t very hungry so just had the Fish Bites (moist, crispy – good bites to go with the beers) and the Chicken Bun ($15). The Chicken Bun is awesome! A crispy boneless chicken thigh burger – loved the thai-inspired som tum salad as a lettuce replacement, added a good hit of tang and spice to the juicy burger.
Asides from the craft beers on tap (price range $9-$12), there are many bottled options and ciders too, so Freehouse is definitely worth a visit.
Address: 21A Boon Tat Street