Brian Spencer

Singapore, Singapore

Professional Experience

A professional, deadline-driven freelance writer and editor currently based in Singapore. My broad focus is anything related to travel, from local food scenes and craft beer bars and breweries to culture, slices of life, and active pursuits.


Content Editor (online)
10 Years
10 Years


Sports & Recreation
4 Years
10 Years
10 Years


Newsletter - Consumer
4 Years
Online/new media
10 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

10 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

NOW! Singapore (3-5), Yahoo! Travel (1-2), Time Out Singapore (3-5), Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia (6-10), Scoot Magazine (6-10), Smile Magazine (1-2), DRAFT Magazine (1-2), Fah Thai (1-2), Matador Abroad (1-2), Perceptive Travel Blog (10+), Lonely Planet (6-10), CNN Travel (3-5), DestinAsian (3-5), Renaissance Magazine (3-5), Tiger Tales (3-5), Destination Hyatt Magazine (1-2), Fodor's Travel (1-2), BBC Travel (1-2), BeerAdvocate Magazine (3-5)

Other Work History

Copywriter, The Rundown Los Angeles Travel Editor, Managing Editor,

Foreign Language Skills

Currently studying Thai


- "Most Unforgettable Character," Silver Medal at Eighth Annual Solas Awards - Group Recipient, "Travel Blog," Gold Medal at 2013 SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Awards

Work Samples


(DestinAsian 2/1/2014)
Count the Lion City among the world's many destinations that have jumped on the craft-beer bandwagon. From a Balinese nanobrewery to a new Tokyo-style taproom, here are four boutique operations to look out for.
(Travel + Leisure Southeast Asia 2/1/2013)
Singaporean food celeb Violet Oon makes a family affair of her re-entry into the island's trendy dining scene.
(Tiger Tales 3/1/2013)
Entertainment can be a pricey business in Singapore. However, you don't have to bust your budget to have a fun evening in Southeast Asia's most expensive city.
(BBC Travel 9/6/2014)
In London's Bermondsey district, a clutch of upstart microbreweries help transform the local craft beer scene -- particularly on Saturday afternoons.
(Fah Thai 5/1/2014)
In Singapore, the creations of a nimble new breed of entrepreneur with an eye on more than just the bottom line are popping up in unexpected places.
(DestinAsian 8/1/2013)
A spotlight of four standout stalls at Singapore's upscale indoor market PasarBella.
(Yahoo! Travel 11/19/2014)
From a Singaporean food celebrity's upscale bistro to tours of the city-state's biggest brewery, the lesser-known western side of Singapore is well worth exploring.
(Matador Abroad 5/16/2011)
A snapshot of my life as an expat living abroad in Bangkok, Thailand.
(Scoot Magazine 6/1/2013)
Brian Spencer hops off the city's mainland and onto ferries, bumboats, and cable cars in search of a lesser-travelled, sea-surrounded Singapore adventure.
(CNN Travel 5/8/2014)
From Chinese microbreweries with American brewmasters, to a craft beer tap room at a Singapore hawker center, here's a look at 10 of Asia's best beer bars.
(Cayman Airways Skies 9/1/2012)
With hundreds of clubs, theatres, and music halls throughout the city, and even more local bands clamboring to perform in them, New York is brimming over with great options for unique, live music performances.
(Scoot Magazine 6/1/2014)
Never a city to miss out on emerging global trends, Bangkok is in the midst of a serious craft beer boom --- I meet with some of the key figures who are shaping the scene's direction.
(DestinAsian Magazine 10/1/2014)
A look at four upstart entrepreneurs helping to reshape the scene in Amsterdam.
(Cayman Airways Skies 7/1/2012)
This cosmopolitan Central American capital is in the midst of a massive transformation touching every part of its urban fabric.