Meet John Wei, Beer Jedi at Brewlander & Co. #TheFNBTribe
John Wei is the harshest critic of his own beers.
A well-known character in the regional homebrewing scene, he’s also the founder and Head Brewer of Brewlander & Co., a home-grown craft beer company that’s pushing boundaries and changing perceptions of Singapore beers.
To John, there’s nothing more unforgivable than serving bad beer. His mission: to brew world-class beer, not just ‘good local beer’.
“One of the things I feel very strongly about is the notion that Singapore beers are lighter, easier to drink, bland, non-offensive, and if anyone wanted a good IPA they have to buy imported beer.
Why have the notion that if it’s local, we have to do it lesser and tone it down?
I want people to say, ‘This is a good beer’. Not ‘this is a good local beer’ — that to me is not a compliment. Don’t put us in another bracket or classify us as ‘safe’ just because we’re local. Judge us at the same standard as any international beer.”
This article is contributed by Yini Chua, founder of RezHelp, a community for food and beverage professionals who love what they do.