Grand Central gets down to beer essentials with help from British brewery experts

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am

Frat boys need not apply at Grand Central Bar and Grill's newly-minted beer club. There will be no 'chug, chug, chug' or beer pong at the monthly gatherings in the restaurant's two-level space at Element's Civic Square.

'Beer is the new wine,' Eclipse group marketing director Stephanie Hogan said at the inaugural tasting on Wednesday, where she was pictured (above, from left) with Eclipse beverage manager Jun Regalado and Tony Hatcher and Nick Khem of

'We've launched quite a few successful wine appreciation groups at Eclipse's other outlets, and I thought since Grand Central is such a perfect place for an after-work pint that we'd do something fun with all the great microbrews we carry here.' So Hogan roped in the 'beer consultants' from, a British purveyor of burgeoning artisan ales.

'We are very excited to showcase a different microbrewery each month,' myBrewerytap's Hatcher said.

'There are hundreds of unique, hand-crafted beers, so we've broken it down to about four beers per tasting.'

He added: 'The general rule is to start with the milds and bitters, then gradually move toward the stronger brown ales. It is a bit like wine-tasting, although we certainly don't recommend spitting it out. That would be such a waste.'

GC Beer Club holds court every third Wednesday of the month, from 6.30pm onwards.