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The above photo features Simon Ho in Brewerkz (www.brewerkz.com), a superb Brew Pub/Restaurant, in Singapore, SE Asia. It was taken by John White, of White Beer Travels, in January, 2005. Simon is serving Brewerkz's Hopback Cask Ale using the symbol of Real Ale (Cask Beer), a Handpump. Hopback is an unfiltered beer that is dry-hopped in the cask. It is brewed by Canadian Scott Robertson, the Brewerkz Brewmaster. It is his favourite Brewerkz beer, and that of his boss and the majority of his friends. I agree with them; it really is a world-class beer; more information on it is given below. Brewerkz produces a marvellous range of superb beers, a great antidote to much of the moderate beer normally associated with SE A sia. More details on Brewerkz can be found below, along with other places where great beer can be found in Singapore.


Speciality / Specialty Beer in Singapore
(1o 18' N, 103o 50' E)

Introduction

My brother, Martin, has lived in Singapore for a number of years; he married a local girl there, Lily Quek, in 1999; I attended their wedding. In January, 2005, Martin turned fifty. Having enjoyed myself so much in 1999, I eagerly accepted the invitation to Mart's birthday bash, as did my wife, Joyce, and my youngest brother, Andy. A few days were also spent in Sydney, in New South Wales (NSW), in Australia, prior to the stay in Singapore.

This Web page covering Speciality Beer in Singapore is based on this January, 2005 visit; any information subsequently obtained, will be added, along with any additional places that are unearthed after this time. Any suggestions for additions to this Web page will be most gratefully received, see the Contacts page for the White Beer Travels e-mail address. For the companion White Beer Travels Web page covering the visit to Sydney, click here.

Sydney and Singapore are not usually on the itineraries of lovers of good beer, but there is much to satisfy the most hardened Beer Hunter in both locations, and they are both world-class tourist venues, so a visit to one or both places can be highly recommended. Unless indicated otherwise, prices quoted are from the January, 2005 visit. At this time: £1=S$3.09 (Singapore Dollars), $1=S$1.64 and €1=S$2.13; current exchange rates for a large variety of currencies can be found using the Discount Currency Exchange website www.discount-currency-exchange.com. In the rest of the text, just the dollar sign is used, this representing the Singapore dollar rather than the US one.

I provide some outline tourist information, particularly links to appropriate websites below, but for detailed tourist information one should consult the many excellent guidebooks that are available. However, I will mention here that there is excellent public transport in Singapore, particularly the Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) System (www.smrt.com.sg), which has trains equivalent to those on the Underground (Tube) system in London or the Métro system in Paris, etc, but with much cheaper fares. Taxis are also amazingly cheap in Singapore, these being covered in the same website as the MRT trains. Note that distances that one might walk in, say, England, would be more difficult in Singapore because, being so close to the equator, it is hot and humid all year long. As appropriate, for each entry, I give the name of the nearest MRT station and its identifier, for example "Raffles Place" (EW14, NS26), the latter indicating that this one is the 14th station on the East West Line and the 26th station on the North South Line. Some entries do not have an MRT station, within "Singapore" walking distance. For these, I quote the nearest bus stop, but it is probably best to get to them by taxi. However, there is a tourist bus system that is worth considering, run by CityBuzz, www.citybuzz.com.sg. There are three routes covering the main attractions of Singapore. Single journeys cost $1, but for $5 one can have unlimited travel on all three routes for a whole day. Singapore Airlines (www.singaporeair.com), the principal carrier into and out of Singapore, who we used for the January, 2005 trip, also operate a tourist bus system, the SIA Hop-on. This is a single route but it goes further out of the city centre than the CityBuzz ones, for example, one of the stops is the Singapore Botanic Gardens, www.sbg.org.sg. The SIA Hop-on costs $3 per day for those who produce a Singapore Airlines boarding pass, and $6 for others.

Note that many addresses in Singapore contain digits such as, for example, #02-07, this meaning that the place in question is number seven on the first floor above the ground floor, the latter being level 01, the first floor being level 02, etc. The international telephone code for Singapore is +65 (i.e. 0065 from the UK, for example). To find the location of places in Singapore, look no further than www.streetdirectory.com.sg. For some locations, I quote their GPS coordinates. These can be plugged into GPS satellite navigational devices; Singapore GPS maps/software can be obtained from MapAsia.com, www.mapasia.com. Their MapKing™ maps (www2.mapking.com) for Singapore and elsewhere are Windows Mobile 2003 and later compatible.

Unless indicated otherwise, the prices quoted are Nett, i.e. there will be taxes of 1% and 5% added to them, and possibly 10% service charge. Where prices include these, I state that they are Gross ones. You will note that for some establishments that I mention that they have draught/tap beers without naming them. This is because they are moderate beers and/or they are brewed by a multinational that I consider is doing no favours to the lover of good beer, such as that load of Bankers, InBev (former Interbrew). InBev beers are to be found throughout Singapore, particularly their trendy, cloudy Wheat Beer, served in a six-sided glass, which is a mere shadow of the once great beer that the legendary Hoegaardier, Pierre Celis (1925-), arguably the biggest name in Belgian Beer, produced commercially, for the first time, in 1966 (click here for a photo of Pierre, taken with John White, at Pierre's home in Hoegaarden).

Note that smoking is not permitted in restaurants or bars serving food. Even in pubs where smoking is permitted, the excellent ventilation/air conditioning that they all have means that it is not a problem, even for people like myself who can't stand the smell of smoking.

Brewerkz Restaurant & Microbrewery
30 Merchant Road, #01-05/06 Riverside Point (opposite Clark Quay), tel 6438 7438, www.brewerkz.com (Bookmark), GPS: 1.289658o N, 103.844033o E

This is a photo of the exterior of Brewerkz, a superb Brew Pub/Restaurant, in Singapore, in South East Asia. Click on it to go to the place's website

This is a don't-miss place for the lover of Speciality/Craft/Specialty Beer. There are Brew Pubs in many places in the world, producing OK, but not great beers. This one is not in this category; it can be talked about in the same breath as ones at the very pinnacle of brewing excellence, such as Wynkoop, in Denver, Colorado, USA (www.wynkoop.com, White Beer Travels Web page). Brewerkz was the venue for my brother Mart's 50th birthday celebration, in January, 2005, see above, but would have been visited in any event, it being a real star of the Speciality/Craft/Specialty Beer scene. As a bonus, not only does it have outstanding beer, but it also has excellent food, see later.

The above photo of the exterior of Brewerkz was taken by John White, in January, 2005. It was taken from a boat on the Singapore River, during a River Cruise, see below. As can be seen, it is a big place, which means that people watching sport on the TV, or playing darts do not annoy those who don't like to see TV screens in pubs, or wish to dodge darts, as they are separate from the main bar and eating areas.

Your cursor is on a photo taken within the brewery of the Brewererkz Brew Pub and Restaurant in Singapore, in SE Asia. Click on it to go to the Brewerkz website

The above photo of myself and Scott, in the Brewerkz Brewery, was taken by my younger brother, Andrew White, in January, 2005.

Canadian, Scott Robertson, is the Brewmaster at Brewerkz, as he was on my previous visit in 1999; his beers were top-class then, so I could not wait to try them again on the return visit, in 2005.

Before commissioning the brewery at Brewerkz, Scott was the brewer at Bushwakker Brewing (www.bushwakker.com), in Regina, Saskatchewan. The impressive-looking, stainless steel brewing equipment installed in Brewerkz, which can be readily seen from the bar area, was supplied by BrewTech Labs, Inc., a subsidiary of Newlands Systems Inc. (www.nsibrew.com), who are based in Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada; the equipment is actually badged Newlands Services Inc., the name for "NSI" at the time of its installation, in 1997. Click here to see such a badge on the one of the Brew House vessels, in which it can be seen that it was built in 1997 (January, 2005 photo by John White).

Click here for an interview with Scott by fellow Canadian Josh Oakes. Josh is the Editor-in-Chief on the renowned ratebeer website, www.ratebeer.com. Josh's highlighted surname is his user name in Rate Beer. Click on it to see a list of beers that he has rated, starting with the highest at the top.

Brewerkz was founded in 1997 (official opening day: 14th of June) by its present Managing Director, Devin Otto Kimble; the General Manager is Dan Durkin. The Hops used in the place's wonderful brews are supplied by "Hops from England" (www.hopsfromengland.com), who are based in Ledbury, in Herefordshire. Malt is sourced from Bairds Malt (www.bairds-malt.co.uk), who have five maltings in Scotland and England.

There are typically seven beers served on tap ("Regular Draft"): Wheat Ale (4.8%); Golden Ale (4.5%); Millennium Lager (5.5%); Pilsner Lager (5%); India Pale Ale (6%); Oatmeal Stout (6.2%); and Moh Gwai (7.2%). The latter is described as "Devilishly Strong" on the tap font, Moh Gwai indeed meaning Devil; it is produced using a Belgian Yeast, so is perhaps the brewery's take on Duvel (8.5%), the Belgian classic being, in fact available here, in bottle of cour se, at $15, along with some other Belgian Beers, such as: La Binchoise Blonde and Brunehaut's Ramée Blonde, both at $14; and Du Bocq's Triple Moine at $15. There is also an unfiltered, cask-conditioned beer: Hopback Cask Ale (4.5%), this being Brewerkz's truly superb interpretation of a UK Real Ale, i.e. a beer that is delivered from a container in which it is undergoing a secondary fermentation. For more information on Real Ale, please go to the CAMRA (CAMpaign for Real Ale) website, www.camra.org.uk. CAMRA is the UK's premier be er consumers' organisation, the one that really did save Real Ale for the nation and, as can be seen here, beyond the shores of the UK.

This is a photo of the beer dispense area in Brewerkz, in Singapore. Click on the photo to go to the Brewerkz website

The photo to the left was taken by John White, in January, 2005. Hopback Cask Ale is advertised on the smaller blackboard, which states that the 1045 OG beer in the current cask was hopped at the brewing stage with and Goldings and Challenger Hops, and that it was dry-hopped in the cask with Challenger Hops. The fonts for the Brewerkz keg beers can be seen at the bottom of the photo. The larger blackboard states that until the end of January, 2005, a dollar would be levied on every pint of Brewerkz IPA sold, both in Brewerkz and the nearby Café Iguana (www.cafeiguana.com), which would be given to the Tidal Waves (Tsunami) Asia Relief Fund, following the tragic events of the 26th of December, 2004. Singapore itself was spared, although it was quite close to the e picentre of the Earthquake that caused the Tsunami.

The price of beer in Brewerkz depends on what time of day it is: $3 for a regular Mug or Pint and $5 for a Hopback Mug or English Pint, between 11am and 3pm on Monday to Saturday; $6 for a Regular Mug or Pint and $8 for a Hopback Mug or English Pint between 3pm and 6pm and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday; $7.50 for a Regular Mug, $9 for a Regular Pint, $8.50 for a Hopback Mug and $11 for a Hopback English Pint between 6pm and 9pm; $9.50 for a Regular Mug, $12.50 for a Regular Pint, $11 for a Hopback Mug and $14 for a Hopback English Pint from 9pm to Midnight; and after Midnight a Regular Jug is $22 (between $10 and $30 at other times). Other measures include 3.5 litre Towers at between $50 and $70 depending on the time of day, see the photo, below right.

This is a photo taken in Brewerkz, in Singapore, of three brothers drinking in the place. Click on it to go to the Brewerkz website
This is a photo taken in Brewerkz, in Singapore, featuring Towers of Beer. Click on it to go to the Brewerkz website

From left to right, in the above photo, which was taken by Joyce White, in January, 2005, are three brothers: Andy, Martin and John White (in a top with the old Brewerkz logo, from the 1999 visit). It was taken in Brewerkz, at Mart's 50th Birthday celebration.

To help things along at Mart's birthday do at Brewerkz, a number of Tubes of Golden Ale were made available. On the right, Mart's wife, Lily, is filling her glass with this excellent beer, which stands up surprisingly well, after sampling a much hoppier beer.

In addition to Brewerkz's small but well-chosen selection of bottled Belgian Beers, It has some bottled beers of its own. There are 33cl bottled versions of the India Pale Ale, Golden Ale and Moh Gwai, these being $12.50 to drink on the premises, or $4 ($5 for the Moh Gwai) to take home. Then there is Xtra IPA (XIPA on the menu card and also X India Pale Ale on its label), a 7% vintage-dated Hop Monster, a 2004 San Diego World Beer Cup Gold Medal, in the English-Style India Pale Ale Category, see the Brewers Association website, www.beertown.org. XIPA is $12.50/20 (33/64cl) both to drink on the premises and to take home. Click here to see a photo of a bottle of XIPA and a Brewerkz Pint Glass and Jug, taken by John White, in January, 2005. XIPA was created to celebrate the fourth anniversary of Brewerkz, in 2001. Finally there are three fruit beers, all called Brewberriez Ale (5%), in Strawberry, Raspberry and Passion Fruit versions. These are $20 (64cl), both to drink on the premises and to take home. According to their labels, these are Berry Berry Good!

I was very impressed with the food on my first visit to Brewerkz, in 1999. In this year, it was voted Singapore's "Best Dining Experience", an amazing feat in a city that is renowned for its food, for which there are thousands of outlets. As per the beer, food has different prices depending on the time of day and the day of the week, for example Breakfast and Brunch are only available on Sundays. To save space, I will quote example prices valid from Noon until 4pm, on Monday to Saturday. All the prices for food and drink are available on the Brewerkz website; click here to download it in pdf format. It should be borne in mind that ordinary sounding dishes are well-worth trying at Brewerkz, as they are made from ingredients of the highest order, and, as appropriate, are beautifully spiced. Buffalo Chicken Wings with NY sauce, mild, hot or suicide are $9.99 (starter) or $17.99 (main course). Minestrone Soup and Soup of the Day are both $7.99. Spicy Seafood Pizza is $14.99. Sandwiches, including Grilled ones are in the range $13.99/14.99. Burgers, which come with Sour-Dough Buns made on the premises, are in the range $12.99/22.99. Fish & Chips is $16.99 (two pieces of Fish in Brewerkz Beer Batter), or $14.99 three pieces of Fish). Seafood Spaghetti is $15.99. New York Steak is $20.99. Brewerkz Ice Cream (which is made using Brewerkz Beer) is $4.99 per scoop. Bread Pudding is $9.99.

Your cursor is on a photo taken at a birthday bash in the Brewerkz Brew Pub, in Singapore, SE Asia. Click on it, to go to the Brewerkz website

Brewerkz coped admirably with the sixty-seven guests at my brother Mart's fiftieth birthday party. The place is big enough to cope with large groups, in excellent surroundings. For example, the large room used for this function opened out onto the river. Brewerkz have various deals that involve beer, beer and a hot buffet (which can include a beer cuisine dish), the same with the addition of wine, etc. Typically, participants drink as much beer as they want in a period of, say, two hours, for a fixed price per head. The photo to the left, which was taken by Martin White, shows some of the guests at his do; they are friends, or work colleagues or sisters/relatives of Lily's.

I can highly recommend Brewerkz for your next function. Guests at Mart's function included friends of Lily and some of her family, and Mart;s work colleagues from the Land Transport Authority (LTA) (www.lta.gov.sg). He is involved in signalling systems on systems such as Singapore's MRT train system, for which information is given above.

A nice touch in the toilets, in addition to the usual beer facts posters, etc, are verbal commentaries on beer from luminaries of the beer world.

Click here for the page of the Brewerkz website, that links to this White Beer Travels page on Singapore

Brewerkz is open every day of the weeks from Noon (11am on Sunday) to Midnight (1am on Friday and Saturday and the Eve of Public Holidays).

In August, 2005, Brewerkz opened an excellent wine bar/restaurant, next door: WineGarage, 30 Merchant Court, #01-07 Riverside Point, tel 6533 3188, www.winegarage.com.sg. In Wine Garage, there are over 300 wines to choose from, at very reasonable prices. Food leans towards French and Italian.

The nearest MRT station to Brewerkz is Clarke Quay (NE5).

Paulaner Bräuhaus
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01, Times Square, Millenia Walk, tel 6883 2572, www.paulaner.com.sg (Bookmark), GPS: 1.293248o N, 103.858143o E

This is a photo of the outside of the Paulaner Bräuhaus, in Singapore, SE Asia. Click on it to go to this Brew Pub's website
This is a photo taken inside the Paulaner Bräuhaus, in Singapore, SE Asia. Click on it to go to the parent company's website: Paulaner München (Munich)

The above photo of the exterior of the Paulaner Bräuhaus was taken by John White, in January, 2005.

The above photo of Joyce and John White in the Paulaner Bräuhaus was taken by Andy White, in January, 2005. John is holding a Paulaner München (Munich) (www.paulaner.de) beer mat/coaster (it has information on this Singapore offshoot on the other side). In the background can be seen the Brew House of the place's name.

This is a Brew Pub that clearly brews beers in the Munich (München) style; the unfiltered Munich Lager (4.7%) is $10.95/13.95/24.55 for 30cl/50cl/1 litre; the Munich Dark (4.8%) in the same measures is $11.45/14.60/25.50. There is also a bottled Hefe-Weissbier (literally Yeast-White Beer, i.e. a Cloudy Wheat Beer) at $13 (30cl), which comes from the parent company in Munich. This is an unusual size for such a beer, which traditionally comes in 50cl bottles. The Munich Lager proved to be an excellent beer, in a different league to the commercial Lagers/Pils available throughout the city and in the UK. Yes, the place is worth coming to just for this one great beer. Because of a deal involving food, we did not get to sample the other beers, but got a second Lager, this being enough alcohol for us here, as there were other places to visit and sample their wares; it is tough in the tropics, as my brother Martin kept reminding us, whenever a good experience came our way, which is very often in Singapore.

For our lunch we chose from a list of four dishes that were "Chef Jody Yu's Recommendations: Roasted Lean Pork Tenderloin with 3-Pepper Sauce, served with Rösti Potato and Stewed Apple at $26.50; Grilled Tiger Prawns and Giant Portobello Mushroom on a Bed of Linguine Pasta "Aglio Olio" at $27.50; Grilled Duck Breast with Orange Sauce, served with Red Cabbage Salad and Sautéed Potato at $28.50; and Duo of Breaded Lamb Shank and Lamb Boneless Leg served with Spinach and Couscous at $28. These were very good, my brother Andy even declaring the Pork dish to be historic à la Michael Winner! As stated above, we each got two 30cl glasses of the Munich Lager included in the price of these dishes, which are Nett. There is also an Xpress Lunch with a choice of dishes, plus a Soup for $17.90, which includes the two beers, or it is $11.90 if soft drinks are substituted for the beers. There are a num ber of other options in the restaurant, including, of course, "German Favourite Entrées", such as: Nürnberger Bratwürstl (Grilled Sausages served on Sauerkraut) at $21; Gegrillte Schweinshaxe, the classic Pork Knuckle dish, served on Sauerkraut and with Bread Dumplings at $25.50; and Wiener Schnitzel (Escalope of Veal) with Cranberry Cherry Sauce, served with Sautéed Potatoes at $26.50. Click here to download the full À la carte, priced menu. There is a Sunday Brunch, available from 11.30am to 2.30pm, at $27.90.

The dishes just mentioned are served in the restaurant. One can also have the Xpress lunch in the bar, where snacks/dishes such as the following are also available: Camembert on Rye Bread at $9; German Curry Wurst (Sausage) at $12.50; Famous Pan-Fried Fish Otah (a Deboned Fish-based dish, in a Fresh Banana or Coconut Leaf) at $11.50; Spicy Chicken Wings at $11.50; and Chicken Satay (12) at $12.50.

The place's address is given as "9 Raffles Boulevard, Times2@Millenia Walk, #01-01, #02-01, #03-01" in some of its literature. The bar is the #01-01 address, the restaurant is the #02-01 one, which is on the floor above the bar, which can be seen from it, and #03-01 is a next floor up, a balcony, which can also be seen from the other floors. A tall, colourful Maibaum (Maypole) goes up the middle of all three floors. It is a very large and airy place inside, with superb fittings; it is really impressive all round.

The nearest MRT station to the Paulaner Bräuhaus is City Hall (EW13, NS25), which also serves the Raffles City Shopping Centre and the world famous Raffles Hotel, see below. The Paulaner Bräuhaus is opposite the Suntec City Shopping Centre.

There are companion Brew Pubs in: Beijing and Shanghai (3), in China; Budapest, in Hungary; St. Petersburg, in Russia; Capetown, in South Africa; and Dresden, Zwickau, Bielefeld, Cuxhaven, and Munich, in Germany. The one in Munich, on Kapuzinerplatz 5, should not be confused with the very famous Paulaner Keller (former Salvator Keller), a Beer Garden and Restaurant, at Hochstraße 77, in Munich, next door to the main Salvator-Paulaner-Thomasbräu Brewery. Click here to see an article on the Paulaner Keller from the on-line version of an essential guide to the beer scene in the Bavarian capital, The Beer Drinker's Guide to Munich, by Larry Hawthorne (www.beerdrinkersguide.com). Paulaner Bräuhaus Consult (www.paulaner-braeuhaus.de) is the parent company of the Paulaner Brew Houses.

Oosters Belgian Brasserie
25 Church Street, #01-04 Capital Square Three, tel 6438 3210, www.oosters.com.sg (Bookmark), GPS: 1.283502o N, 103.848753o E

This is a photo taken outside Oosters, a bar/restaurant in Singapore that specialises in Belgian Beer and Belgian Food. Click on it to go to the place's website
The above photos were taken by Andrew White, in January, 2005. Both feature his older brothers, John and Martin White. The three different Belgian Beer beers on the table, see below, have all been served in the correct glass, attesting to the fact that this place is taking Belgian Beer seriously. Note the banner on the right, in the photo on the left; it declares that the place has "Mussels from Brussels"!

Despite its official address, Oosters is, in practice, on Pekin Street, which is off Telok Ayer Street in the city's Chinatown. Oosters, which is Dutch for Eastern or Oriental, has over twenty Belgian Beers, these not just being limited to the very commonly seen, unexciting products from the likes of InBev. This place has some of these, InBev having, in fact, put up a fair proportion of the money for what has clearly been an expensive undertaking; the lavishly furnished place is authentically Belgian inside, apart from, thankfully, the lack of cigarette smoke! However, the beer menu has a very respectable number of excellent beers. For example, in the photo, above right, on the table are bottles of the world-class Abbaye des Rocs (9%) ($10/13) and Abbaye de Malonne Blonde (6.3%) and Brune (6.3%) ($9/12). Although not declared on the label, the Malonne Abbey Beers (www.m-abbaye.be) are brewed by Haacht. They are marketed by Benoît Marchal of BeerBelgium (www.beerbelgium.com), which exports them and other bottled beers to Singapore. Involved in this is a Belgian living in Singapore, Karl Van Den Broek, of Incognito. In Belgium, Benoît Marchal has a Drinks Warehouse in Malonne, at rue Fond de Malonne 129/1. The former Abbey buildings, which are a few miles/kilometres to the SW of Namur, now houses a school. The draught beers in Oosters are mainly supplied by the Singapore-based Pacific Beverages.

The two prices that are quoted for each beer are for the Happy Hour (Noon to 9pm) and Non-Happy Hour (9pm to closing time) respectively. Other superb bottled beers available include: Orval ($10/13); and Rochefort 10o ($12/15). Note that both of these Trappist Beers are declared on the place's menu to be exclusive to the place, although they are, in fact, also available in Brauhaus. There are four draught beers available, including Malonne Brune ($7/9 (25cl)). There is a selection of Genevers (Belgian Gin) at $6 (all four for $20). The Wines of the Month are $75/85 a bottle.

On my January, 2005 visit, I was not able to schedule a meal here, but I am fairly confident, just having been in the place, that it will be very good. Example dishes include: Frites (Chips) with Mayonnaise at $9; Belgian Sausage Platter at $18; Mussel Platters at $19, these being half shelled and grilled with toppings at $19; Mussels in the classic Belgian/French way (such as Marinière and au Vin Blanc (White Wine)) and other derivative ways (such as Tom Yam (Thai Spicy)) at $17 (500g) and $29 (1kg); Carbonade Flamande (Flemish Beef Stew Cooked in Beer) at $18; Braised Lamb Shank with Stoemp (a mix of Mashed Potato and Mashed Vegetables, which is a classic dish from Brussels); Waffles at $8; and Poached Pear, this having a Cherry Beer (Kriek) Sauce at $10. All food prices are given on the place's website.

Oosters is superbly run by its General Manager, Andrew Mac Innes, who, despite his name, is English. The Director is Charles Guerrier, who, believe it or not, is also English.

Oosters is open every day of the week except Sunday. It is open from Noon to Midnight (2am Friday and Saturday). A visit is essential.

The nearest MRT station to Oosters is Raffles Place (EW14, NS26). Leave by exit "G" and cross Church Street to join Telok Ayer Street, and the required Pekin Street is first on the right, Oosters being then soon reached on the right. The area in which Oosters find itself once housed thousands of immigrant Chinese labourers, who were known as Coolies, hence the restaurant of this name, which is in the same ownership as Oosters, a few doors beyond it, on the same side of Pekin Street. The Chinatown MRT station (NE4) is a little further away than the Raffles Place one, but you may have got off here first to do the don't-miss Chinatown.

L'Estaminet Bar-Tabac
4 Greenwood Avenue, Hillcrest Park, tel 6465 1911, GPS: 1.331187o N, 103.807310o E

This is a photo taken outside L'Estaminet, a marvellous outlet for Belgian Beer, in Hillcrest Park, in Singapore, SE Asia
This is a photo taken inside L'Estaminet, a marvellous outlet for Belgian Beer, in Hillcrest Park, in Singapore

The above photos were taken by Joyce White, in January, 2005. In the one on the left, John and Mart White and Mart's wife, Lily, are outside L'Estaminet. In the other photo, John is with Jacky Stevens, who is from The Netherlands; Jacky runs L'Estaminet. John has a glass of La Trois Pistoles (9%) ($13/15), in the correct glass, as per all the beers in this don't-miss place, and its bottle (34.1cl), this great beer being brewed in Chambly, near Montréal, in Québec, in Canada, by Unibroue (www.unibroue.com). Click here to see the White Beer Travels Web p age covering Montreal, which features Unibroue. On the wall behind John and Jacky is artwork for a beer called La Vapeur Cochonne (9%) ($11/13) from La Brasserie à Vapeur (The Steam Brewery) (www.vapeur.com), in Pipaix, in Belgium. Click here for a White Beer Travels Web page, at the top of which this beer is featured, along with a photo taken during a White Beer Travels group visit to the brewery.

An Estaminet is a fairly obscure French word that even many French-speaking people do not know the meaning of. It means "Pub", or rather a type of pub that is mainly found in the NE part of France around Lille, France's Speciality Beer epicentre, and also in the French-speaking part of Belgium: Wallonia. Estaminets are usually situated in the country, but there is a classic one in the French seaside town of Dunkirk (Dunkerque), L'Estaminet Flamand (The Flemish Bar), 6, rue des Fusiliers Marins, tel 03 28 66 98 35. An Estaminet is meant to be a traditional pub, which typically features old-fashioned pub games. Another attribute of such establishments is that no two chairs should be alike! Click here to see a photo featuring John White inside one, the Estaminet Saint Gilles, in Craywick, in France. The definitive and outstanding book on Estaminets is Estaminet des Pays du Nord by Jacques Messiant (ISBN 2-908838-10-9). Thus, this place in Singapore is called "The Pub", which is somewhat analogous to the Bob Dylan (1941-) band from 1965 to 1975 being simply called "The Band", which it was. L'Estaminet is designated in its title as being a Bar-Tabac, which is a pub, of a type that is commonly seen throughout France, that, as well as selling drinks, has a special area of the place, or a kiosk, dedicated to the sale of tobacco products, principally or exclusively cigarettes. L'Estaminet does indeed have a selection of "Les Clopes & Les Cigars" in its menu, Clopes, of course, being a slang word for Cigarettes. Being a non-smoker, who can't stand the stink from cigarettes, I would not normally publicise cigarettes on any of my Web pages, but it is appropriate to this place, which has excellent ventilation; there is, no smoking in the integrated restaurant, which is covered below.

This Estaminet has matching chairs, but don't let that put you off, as it is a top notch pub, with a well chosen list of twenty-four bottled "Belgium Beers", as they are designated in the menu. The two prices that are quoted for each beer are for the Happy Hour (Noon to 7.30pm) and Non-Happy Hour (7.30pm to closing time) respectively. I put "Belgium Beers" in quotes, since three of them, all superb, are Belgian-style beers brewed by Unibroue, in Canada: La Trois Pistole (already mentioned above); L'Eau Bénite (Holy Water) (7.3%) ($11/13); and La Maudite (The Accursed) (8%) ($11/13). Actual Belgian Beers include: Du Bocq's Triple Moine (3 Monks) (7.3%) ($11/13) (which is marketed in Flanders as Deugnie t); Malonne Blonde and Brune, see above, both at $10/12; Abbaye des Rocs (9%) ($10/12); Du Bocq's Wheat Beer, Blanche de Namur (4.5%) ($9/11); Vapeur's La Vapeur en Folie (9%) and their already mentioned, La Vapeur Cochonne, see above. There are also some draught beers.

L'Estaminet is in the Bistro Concepts group, which is a subsidiary of Les Amis (www.lesamis.com.sg). It opened in 2004. Greenwood Avenue is off Dunearn Road, via Hillcrest Road, in the most pleasant "village" of Hillcrest Park. Indeed, L'Estaminet is in a completely different kind of location to a number of the bars featured in this Web page, which, although nice inside, look like rather functional units in a shopping centres, which are not necessarily even on the ground floor. As can be seen from the photo below right, featuring Durians (a cult fruit) outside L'Estaminet, it really does appear to be in a village, a particularly nice one at that, with some very expensive looking properties.

L'Estaminet gets beers from: BeerBelgium, via the Singapore company Incognito, run by Belgian Karl Van Den Broek, see above; from local Specialty Beer suppliers, Burp! (www.burpbeers.com); and from Pacific Beverages.

Your cursor is on a photo of John White, in Peperoni Pizzeria, in Hillcrest Park, Singapore

Next door and integrated with L'Estaminet is the Peperoni Pizzeria, which is essentially the restaurant part of it, with the same beer menu, both places being run by Jacky Stevens. The photo to the left was taken by Martin White, in the place, in January, 2005. In it, John White has a plate of Pasta with Vongole (Baby Clams) ($16), accompanied by a bottle of Brunehaut's Ramée Blonde ($10/12).

Also next door, at 2 Greenwood Avenue, is another very nice Bistro Concepts place, The Grill at Hillcrest (formerly the Coq 'n' Bull), run by Frenchman, Philippe Pau, and then there is Sebastien's Bistrot, a most pleasant restaurant/wine bar, run by another Frenchman, Sebastien Reullier, close by, at 12 Greenwood Avenue. After a visit to Coq 'n' Bull, in February, 2005, my brother Mart raved about the USDA certified Rib-Eye Steak that he had there, washed down with a bottle of Spanish Wine.

On our January, 2005 visit, as can be seen, we had a meal in Peperoni Pizza, the food turning out to be very good. Example dishes include: Mushroom and Minestrone Soup both at  $8; Bruschetta al Pomador (Marinated Tomatoes with Basil on Bread) at $8; Beef Carpaccio di Manzo (Uncooked thin Slice of Beef with Parmesan Cheese, Olive Oil and Lemon Juice) at $15; Pasta in the range $14 to $16; a large selection of Pizzas, which are all available Calzone style, these costing $16 (Medium, 9"), $20 (Large, 12"), and $42 (Family, 21"); and Crême Brulée and Tiramisu, both at $8. All prices are Nett.

There is no MRT station near L'Estaminet. It is fairly close to stop B20 on the 174M bus route, but it is probably best reached by taxi. And reach it you must: absolutely superb!

Brauhaus
101 Thomson Road, #B1-13/14 United Square, tel 6250 3116,
GPS: 1.317052o N, 103.844045o E

This is a photo of John White, taken outside the 200+ beer Brauhaus, in Singapore, SE Asia

The above photo of the exterior of Brauhaus was taken by Joyce White, in January, 2005. In the photo, Brauhaus's sign is slightly obscured by decorations that were put up for Chinese New Year, which, in 2005, was on February, the 9th. 2005 is the year of the Rooster, as is John's birth year, 1945.

This is a photo of John White, taken inside the 200+ beer Brauhaus, in Singapore, SE Asia

There are over 200 beers in the Brauhaus menu, including, as can be seen in the above photo, Coopers Original Pale Ale and Coopers Sparkling Ale, two bottle-conditioned classics from Australia (www.coopers.com.au); they both cost $10 (37.5cl). These great beers are commonly seen in the smallest of Supermarkets in Singapore, costing around $4. The photo was taken by Martin White's wife, Lily Quek.

Brauhaus (Brew House) is a restaurant and pub with a selection of beers from around the world. The beers are listed by country in the menu. Examples of top-class Speciality Beers on the list include: from Belgium, Orval ($18), Rochefort 10o ($18), and Westmalle Dubbel/Tripel (15/18); from Germany Schlenkerla Rauchbier (Smoke Beer) ($18 for 50cl) (www.smokebeer.com, White Beer Travels Web page); and the two Coopers Beers featured in the photo above rig ht. As can be seen, these were served in the wrong glasses, these being for the German Beck's and a very moderate beer from Japan, Asahi "Super Dry". In fact, the list has quite a few beers that the seasoned Beer Hunter would not consider drinking, such as these two and a good number of everyday Pils from places not renowned for Speciality/Craft/Specialty Beers, such as Lapin Kulta from Finland ($12) and Windhoek Lager from Namibia ($12). These prices are Nett. The only draught beer available in Brauhaus is the local Pils, Tiger Beer, see below. The list is most strong in German and Belgian Beers, there being forty-one of the latter, unfortunately a lot of which are real duds, such as De Troch's Chapeau range of Lambic Fruit Beers. The place is pleasant enough and the staff are friendly; it is worth visiting for the reasonable selection of German Beers, which, as far as I am aware, there is no other place in Singapore with such a selection as in Brauhaus.

Brauhaus is run by Singapore local, Michael Chuah, who from what I read in a magazine given to me by one of the staff, is a genuine Specialty Beer enthusiast; I put the awful Belgian Chapeaux beers down to pragmatism; he has probably decided, rightly or wrongly, that Singapore is not ready yet for uncompromising Lambic derivatives, such as the world-class beers from Cantillon, in Brussels (www.cantillon.be, White Beer Travels Web page) and from 3 Fonteinen (www.3fonteinen.be).

The food is German-orientated, examples including: Pork Knuckle (Schweinhaxen); Meatloaf Steak; Wiener Schnitzel; German Potato; and a big selection of Sausages, which are served with Potato Salad and Sauerkraut. There are also Steaks, Roasts, Soups, Salads, Seafood and Chinese dishes, and novelty items, such as Crocodile Schnitzel, at $35, and Kangaroof Fillet Steak, at $18.

Brauhaus is in the food outlets (Eatz Galleria) part of United Square, diagonally opposite the right end of the waterfall that is to be found here.

Brauhaus is open every day of the weeks from 11am (5pm on Sundays) to 2am (3am on Friday and Saturday and the Eve of Public Holidays, 1am on Sundays).

The nearest MRT stations to Brauhaus are Novena (NS20) and Little India (NE7), the latter serving an area that is full of interesting pavement shops and low-cost eating establishments (see below for an example), which is well worth a visit. When going North from the Southern end of Thomson Road, the required United Square is to be found on the left.

Harry's @ Orchard
#01-05 Orchard Towers, 1 Claymore Drive, tel 6736 7330, www.harrys.com.sg (Bookmark), GPS: 1.307290o N, 103.829048o E

This is a photo featuring a jug of Tiger Beer. Click on it to go to the website of the brewery that produces Tiger Beer

In Singapore, it is difficult to avoid Tiger Beer. This is by no means a Speciality Beer, being one in the loose Pilsener style, produced in Singapore by Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) (www.tigerbeer.com.sg, GPS: 1.337768o N, 103.647098o E); I visited this huge brewery in 1999. Harry's @ Orchard is a good outlet for Tiger Beer. This is typically purchased by the jug when in a group in such places. In the photo on the left, which was taken by Lily Quek, in January, 2005, I am pouring Tiger from its special and impressive jug for my brothers Mart and Andy White, in the Anywhere Music Pub, in the Tanglin Shopping Centre. Jugs of Tiger in Anywhere, at the time, were $37 Gross.

Anywhere closed in September, 2005. After twenty-six years at Anywhere, Tania, its excellent resident band, now appears at this branch of the Singapore Harry's Bar chain. Tania do not appear anywhere else in Singapore. On Monday to Thursday, they are on from 9.30pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10pm. Tania is fronted by Alban De Souza, a singer, with long, presumably false eyelashes, and an excellent lead guitarist, Zulkifli Sultan; both Zul and Alban, and drummer, Ismet Lubis (The "Boy"), can be seen in the background in the above photo. The "Boy" left the group in September, 2005, a couple of weeks before the closure of Anywhere was announced. Note that Anywhere has subsequently reopened as "Marco Anywhere", with a different resident group.

As well as having the pop group, Tania, in residence, in Harry's @ Orchard there is other live music, including Jazz, and food is available.

When I previously visited Singapore in 1999, jugs of Tiger were a feature of the series of stag nights that preceded Mart's wedding. It is quite common for a passing waiter to top up glasses that are more empty than others in a group sharing a jug. This has the effect of making one drink faster to get your share, even if one is not a great fan of the beer; in no time at all, another jug is being ordered! Tiger would not be my choice of drink in places that are awash with good beer, such as the UK, Belgium and Germany, but, as commercial beers of its type go, it is not totally bad, having a fairly high hopping level; it is certainly much better than that beer that originates from Denmark, the one that is not actually "probably the best beer in the world"! Tiger Beer has been brewed in Singapore since 1932, in Singapore's first brewery, Malayan Breweries (now APB), a joint venture between the soft drinks company, Fraser and Neave, and Heineken, from The Netherlands.

Harry's @ Orchard is open every day of the week from 3pm (11am on Saturday and Sunday) until 2am (2am on Friday and Saturday). There is a Happy Hour from 5pm until 7pm on Monday to Friday.

As already stated, Harry's @ Orchard is part of a small Singapore chain. The city's first Harry's Bar is not connected with and is not in the same style as a justly famous Cocktail Bar in Paris (the one that originated the Bloody Mary), which has a name that often gets contracted to Harry's Bar, from its full title, Harry's New York Bar (www.harrys-bar.fr). The first Singapore Harry's Bar is at 28 Boat Quay (tel 6538 3029); to avoid confusion with the other Harry's Bars in Singapore, it is now also referred to as Harry's @ Boat Quay. It is a well-publicised, former haunt of the famous Rogue Trader, Nick Leeson (www.nickleeson.com), who brought down the Barings Investment Bank, when currency trading from its Singapore branch.

It is worth noting that there are other Harry's New York Bars/Harry's Bars in the same chain as the Paris one, for example in Montreux, Berlin, and Hannover, and there are also some that are not connected with these, the most notable being the Harry's Bar in Venice (Venezia), in Italy, at San Marco 1323, tel 0415 28 57 77. This is owned by the luxury hotel opposite, the Hotel Cipriani (www.hotelcipriani). Food at this Harry's Bar is top-class and some dishes were famously invented here: the Bellini and Carpaccio. It is a favourite of Michael Winner, who has a controversial dining column in The Sunday Times. There is some additional information on the Parisian Harry's Bar in the next entry.

The nearest MRT station to Harry's @ Orchard is Orchard (NS22), which also serves Orchard Road, Singapore's premier shopping and entertainment street.

The Long Bar, Raffles Hotel
1 Beach Road, tel 6339 7650,
www.raffleshotel.com (Bookmark),
GPS: 1.294467o N, 103.854583o E

Your cursor is on a photo of the famous exterior of the Raffles Hotel, in Singapore, SE Asia. Click on it, to go to the Hotel's website
This is a photo taken in the Long Bar, within the famous Raffles Hotel, in Singapore, SE Asia. Click on it to go to the Raffles website

The above photo of the superb façade of the Raffles Hotel was taken by John White, in January, 2005. John's wife, Joyce, can be seen at the bottom of the photo.

The above photo was taken by Joyce White, in The Long Bar, in the Raffles Hotel, in January, 2005. John and his brothers Martin and Andy White are drinking Singapore Slings, a cocktail that was invented in the place, that is now available in Cocktail Bars throughout the world. Note the Tiger Beer font on the bar on the left hand side of the photo.

This is unquestionably the most famous bar in Singapore; the Raffles Hotel is justly world-renowned. Raffles is not an outlet for Specialty Beer, but one, of course, can partake of a Singapore Sling. These are $16 Nett in Raffles. Jugs of Tiger in the Long Bar are $33 Nett. Food in Raffles is excellent and can be, somewhat surprisingly, given the sheer colonial opulence of the place, inexpensive. For example, the Indian Buffet Lunch in the famous Tiffin Room, is only $38 Nett. Breakfasts are also brilliant and inexpensive. Even if you are not staying in the hotel, both of these are a must on a visit to Singapore.

Note that I have had better Singapore Slings elsewhere, for example in Harry's New York Bar (www.harrys-bar.fr), see the previous entry, the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, in Paris, France, a truly superb Cocktail Bar. Click here to see the Parisian establishment's entry in the World's Best Bars website, www.worldsbestbars.com. Naturally, this site covers The Long Bar in Singapore and the city's Harry's Quayside Bar, as it calls the city's first Harry's Bar. Click here to go to the White Beer Travels Downloads page, from where one can get the White Beer Travels Guide to Paris, which has a detailed write-up on the Parisian Harry's Bar. If you get to the latter, it is worth buying Harry's ABC of mixing cocktails, which provides a history of the place and recipes for the Cocktails it serves, including Singapore Sling, which is based on Gin and Cherry Brandy. At Harry's Bar in Paris, these are only mixed when ordered, but at Raffles, to cope with demand, they are pre-mixed. They are a little too sweet for my taste in Raffles compared to the superior version from Harry's Bar in Paris.

The Long Bar is open every day of the weeks from 11am to 12.30am (1.30am on Friday and Saturday and selected Public Holidays).

The nearest MRT station to the Raffles Hotel is City Hall (EW13, NS25).

Singapore Tourist Information

Cult Fruit for Tourists and Locals

During the touristy aspects of the January stay in Singapore, I was hoping to sample a legendary fruit called the Durian, as I had found out about them on my previous visit in 1999, but had never tried them. On the last day of the January, 2005 trip, we came across some by chance. Durians are brought into Singapore from neighbouring Malaysia.

Your cursor is on a photo of Durians in the boot of a car, in Singapore, in SE Asia
This is a photo that features John White holding a Durian, a legendary fruit that is available in Singapore

The above photos were taken in January, 2005, outside L'Estaminet, a bar/restaurant that is featured above. The one on the left, of a car boot/trunk, was taken by John White, the other, with Joyce and John White in it, is by Lily Quek, John's brother Martin's wife. The photos feature Durians, a cult fruit in Singapore and other parts of SE Asia. Durians have a reputation for having an appalling smell of decaying flesh, that lingers in anywhere they have been, even long after their removal. The one we purchased was not too bad, as regard to smell, this, apparently being different from Durian to Durian (type and ripeness). The smell is said to be worth putting up with because of the wonderful nature of the fruit itself, which is supposed to be very good for you. So I duly had some; it was OK, but not great. After the purchase we went back to Mar t and Lily's apartment, the Durian being duly removed from the car on arrival. The trader had put it in a special brown bag, which he put a slit in, to let it breath. When Lily drove Joyce and I to the airport a few hours later, there was still a very strong smell of Durian in the car! Durians grow on tall trees and are pollinated by Bats! Click here for an article giving further information on them.

This is a photo of part of a notice within a station of Singapore's MRT public transport system. It states that Durians should not be brought into the station, and gives the fine for transgressing this rule

Because of their smell, Durians are often banned from hotels and on public transport, hence notices such as the one to the left, which is a photograph of part of a display in an MRT station in Singapore, which was taken by John White, in January, 2005.

Other actions such a throwing litter, smoking in certain public places (including taxi queues) and restaurants, attract large fines in Singapore and there are big penalties for taking drugs and very heavy penalties for dealing in drugs. Some outsiders complain of these, and incorrectly state that the Singapore people are oppressed as a consequence of them. This is nonsense; they all make sense and make Singapore a clean and a safe place, where it is clear, just by looking, that the people of Singapore are a happy lot. It is particularly striking to see the three main races of Singapore - Chinese, Malay and Indian - and the many Expats, living in total harmony together. The streets throughout the UK where I live are full of litter and the pavements/sidewalks are peppered with Chewing Gum (yes, Chewing Gum is banned in Singapore too), and a large proportion of burglaries and muggings in the UK are carried out to feed drug habits. Oh that we had the same rules and racial tol erance that there is in Singapore. Should you be considering a holiday in Singapore or even coming to work and live in the place, do not hesitate for a minute.

Interestingly, a major attraction in Singapore, that opened in 2002, the Esplanade (Theatres on the Bay) is deliberately shaped like two Durians; one houses its major theatre and one its concert hall, see the photos on its website, www.esplanade.com. The Esplanade is Singapore's answer to the Sydney Opera House.

Eating Out in Singapore

This Web page is not intended to be a guide to eating out in Singapore, but I will briefly mention a little about this, as it is a big tourist draw in Singapore and rightly so. Many guidebooks mention that eating in a Hawker Centre is not to be missed. Here one buys food from a stall, which is very cheap and usually excellent, which one then typically eats sitting on a bench seat, at a table, in the open, albeit with shade. For me, in Singapore, I prefer, to eat in an air-conditioned building, rather than in the open, especially during the day, because of the heat and the humidity. But if that does not bother you, then give one of them a try; there are recommendations in the usual guidebooks, see below.

Restaurants that really pleased on the January, 2005 visit, included: the Crystal Jade Golden Palace, 290 Orchard Road, #05-22/24 Paragon, tel 6734 6866 (reservations recommended); Kumala's, an inexpensive, serve-yourself, Vegetarian Indian Curry place, in Little India, 3-9 Upper Dickson Road, www.komalasweb.com; and the Yunnan Garden, 2 Jurong East Street 21, #05-01 IMM Building (out of the city, in Jurong), GPS: 1.306198o N, 103.852455o E, tel 6665 8888. We had an excellent, most enjoyable meal, with Lily's family, in the latter. The Crystal Jade Golden Palace is a superb Chinese Restaurant in the Crystal Jade chain; on our visit, Lily Quek, Mart's wife, expertly ordered some amazingly good food for us. There is an incredible display o f wine bottles in the place, where an amazing number of wines from super Châteaux in Bordeaux, France can be seen, such as Château Latour, Lafite-Rothschild, Haut Brion, etc. Crystal Jade have branches in the Departure Areas of the two terminals of Singapore's Changi Airport (www.changi.airport.com.sg), so you can enjoy some excellent food whilst waiting for your plane, in this or other places in the airport. Unlike eating establishments in airports in most other countries, they charge the same price as equivalent establishments in the city. The Paragon Building that houses the Crystal Jade Golden Palace is also home to the city centre Singapore Airlines office (#02-32/39 Paragon), a good place to go, a couple of days before your flight, should you be flying with them, to check in and get better seat allocations than one would get if one left it to the day of the flight.

A very good website covering eating establishments in Singapore is www.sbestfood.com. Restaurants, and a whole lot more, can also be found in the Singapore Yellow Pages, www.yellowpages.com.sg (www.phonebook.com.sg also gives business and residential numbers/addresses).

Other Singapore Tourist Information

As already stated, an extensive tourist guide to Singapore is not given on this page; guides such as Lonely Planet's Singapore, which has excellent maps pinpointing the places covered should be consulted. This can be obtained from  www.amazon.com or www.amazon.co.uk, and if already in Singapore, in the truly excellent Kinokuniya Book Shop, at 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City
#03-10/15, Takashimaya Shopping Centre (www.kinokuniya.com.sg). Also worth looking at are Time Out's on-line pages on Singapore, which can be reached by clicking here. The official tourist website is www.visitsingapore.com. This has links to other sites, such as www.sentosa.com.sg, the one covering the absolutely don't-miss Sentosa Island, with its superb aquarium, amazingly good beaches and Fort Silosa, which has top-class exhibits on the infamous occupation of Singapore by the Japanese from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. Other very useful websites for other top-class attractions include: Chinatown Heritage Centre, 48 Pagoda Street (www.chinatownheritage.com.sg); Harbour Cruise, from Clifford Pier, on the Imperial Chinese Junk, "Cheng Ho" (www.watertours.com.sg); Singapore River Cruise (www.rivercruise.com.sg); Night Safari (www.nightsafari.com.sg); Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, which is in a rain forest (www.wildsingapore.com); and a site covering the city's principal museums, such as the Singapore Art Museum and the Singapore History Museum (www.museum.org.sg). Singapore competes with Rotterdam, in The Netherlands, for the title of the world's biggest port. An impressive number of ships can be seen on the Harbour Cruise, or en route to Sentosa Island by the cable car from Mount Faber (www.cablecar.com.sg). The port's website is www.mpa.gov.sg.

 

 

John White (1945-), Your cursor is on an image of John White's e-mail address. Click on it to send an e-mail to John, January, 2005, updated in June, 2007.

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