SINGAPORE: Beer that tasted like vinegar was not what home brewer Mark Chen had in mind. But that was what he often ended up with when he first picked up home brewing as a hobby four years ago. "It doesn't always turn out well," he recalled with a laugh. But in a corner of his home in Hougang he persevered. With a second-hand brewing kit from a friend, Mr Chen would spend hours every Saturday hoping to perfect a pint with different grains, hop varieties and yeast strains. He soon improved and began moving away from following recipes in home-brewing magazines to experimenting on his own. "My wife loves to cook and she experiments a lot, which inspires me," said Mr Chen. "We always go to the market together and at the spices and dry herbs section, I started asking myself why all these ingredients are found in local food, but not beer. That's when I started experimenting." READ: Creative Capital: The young Singapore brewer taking craft beer to new heights Now, some of these home experimentations are available in the market after the 36-year-old left his architect job to start craft beer brand Niang Brewery last year. "Architecture has been quite a… Read full this story
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