Indonesia, a vibrant archipelago brimming with rich cultural heritage and natural splendor, is also home to a diverse array of delectable beverages. While the country’s culinary scene is renowned for its aromatic spices and tantalizing flavors, its brewing culture offers a unique and refreshing experience worth exploring. We’re going to bring you on a journey through Indonesia’s liquid landscape as we delve into the world of local beers.

Beer Bintang

Beer Bintang: The Champion

Bir Bintang is a brand of Indonesian beer that was first introduced in 1929 by Dutch brewery Heineken. It is a pilsner-style beer with a golden hue and a slightly bitter taste. Bir Bintang is the most popular beer in Indonesia and is widely available throughout the country.

History of Bir Bintang

Bir Bintang’s history dates back to the Dutch colonial era in Indonesia. In 1929, Heineken established a brewery in Surabaya, East Java. The brewery began producing and distributing Java Bier, a Bavarian-style beer based on imported European barley and hops.

In 1931, the brewery was renamed Archipelago Brewery Company (Archipel Brouwerij Compagnie) and began producing Bir Bintang. The name Bir Bintang was chosen to reflect the brewery’s location in Indonesia, as “bintang” means “star” in Indonesian.

After Indonesia’s independence in 1949, the brewery was nationalized and renamed Heineken’s Indonesian Brewery Company. In 1957, the Indonesian government took over control of the brewery. Heineken regained control of the brewery in 1967 and renamed it Multi Bintang Indonesia.

Today, Bir Bintang is the best-selling beer in Indonesia, with a market share of over 60%. The beer is also exported to several countries in Southeast Asia.

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Bali Hai: A Tropical Delight

Inspired by the enchanting island of Bali, Bali Hai Beer exudes a tropical essence that perfectly complements the island’s vibrant atmosphere. This light and refreshing pilsner, with its subtle citrusy notes and refreshing finish, pairs seamlessly with the sun-kissed beaches and laid-back ambiance of Bali. Whether enjoyed at a beachside bar or amidst the lush greenery of Ubud, Bali Hai Beer captures the essence of island life, offering a refreshing respite from the tropical heat.

Aside from its flagship Bali Hai Premium beer, PT Bali Hai Brewery Indonesia also produces other brands of beers, such as:

  • #1 Bali Hai Draft: This is a lighter beer with a refreshing taste. 
  • #2 IPA El Diablo: This is an India Pale Ale with a strong, hoppy flavor. 
  • #3 Panther Black: This is a stout with a rich, dark flavor. 
Anker: A Heritage Brew

Anker Beer, a true testament to Indonesia’s brewing heritage, has stood the test of time since its inception in 1942. This rich and flavorful lager boasts a deep amber color, a malty aroma, and a slightly bitter finish. Anker Beer’s popularity stems from its ability to evoke a sense of nostalgia and authenticity, making it a favorite among locals and a must-try for beer enthusiasts seeking a taste of Indonesia’s brewing traditions.

Prost: A German Touch in Indonesia

Prost Beer is a relatively new brewery, but it has quickly become one of the most popular in Indonesia. Prost Beer is known for its high-quality, affordable beers that are brewed using traditional German methods.

The brewery’s flagship beer is Prost Lager, a crisp and refreshing pilsner with a golden hue and a slightly bitter taste. Prost Beer also produces a variety of other beers, including Prost Pilsener, Prost Alster, Prost Spezi, and Prost Dark.

Singaraja Beer

Bir Singaraja is a brand of Indonesian beer that was first introduced in 1975. The name Bir Singaraja was chosen to reflect the beer’s origin in Bali. Singaraja is the capital of the Buleleng Regency in Bali. Bir Singaraja is brewed using traditional methods and ingredients, and it is a popular choice for Balinese people. The beer is also becoming increasingly popular with tourists.

Bir Singaraja is a light and refreshing beer with a slightly bitter taste. It is a great choice for drinking on a hot day or enjoying with a meal. Bir Singaraja is available in both bottles and cans.

Tumage: A Craft Brew Revolution

Tumage Beer, a pioneer in Indonesia’s craft beer movement, has revolutionized the local brewing scene with its innovative and flavorful creations. This brewery experiments with a variety of ingredients, including local fruits and spices, to produce a range of unique and exciting beers.


Tips for Enjoying Beer in Bali:
  • Visit a local brewery: Bali has a thriving craft beer scene, with several breweries offering tours and tastings. This is a great way to learn about the brewing process and try a variety of local beers.
  • Take a Bali Beer Cycle tour: This unique and fun way to experience Bali allows you to pedal around the streets of Kuta, Seminyak, and Legian while enjoying unlimited beer, music, and a friendly host.
  • Try a local beer at a traditional warung: Warungs are small, family-run restaurants that are found all over Bali. They are a great place to try local food and beer, and often have a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
  • Watch the sunset with a beer at a beach bar: Bali has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and there are many beach bars that offer stunning views of the sunset. Enjoy a cold beer while watching the sun go down is a truly unforgettable experience.
  • Drink responsibly: While beer is a popular drink in Bali, it is important to drink responsibly. Be aware of your limits and don't drink and drive.

Cheers to Indonesia’s brewing excellence!