15 Must-Try Beers And Where To Buy Them
In a list that Homer Simpson himself would love, Tatler Philippines tallies down some of the most delicious beers in the country—and lets you know where you can get your hands on them too!
Engkanto beer has been a bold addition to our favourite boozy indulgences. They're proudly made local and offer lager, blonde ale, pale ale, IPA, and double IPA variations, each of which are made of only four ingredients to highlight both taste and quality.
2/15 Peroni Nastro Azzuro
Don Revy Philippines brings a taste of Italy into the palates of all local beer lovers. Their Peroni Nastro Azzuro beer is brewed with an exclusive ingredient grown in the small town of Bergamo, Italy (namely the Nostrano dell’Isola maize). This crop is the secret ingredient behind the Peroni Nastro Azzuri, which gives its flavour depth and complexity, complementing the beer with citrus aromas and a hint of bitterness.
3/15 Pilsner Urquell
The Pilsner Urquell is a drink steeped in tradition. Brewed in the historic city of Plzen, Czech, the Pilsner Urquell is credited to be the world's first golden pilsner. It's made with local Czech ingredients such as Moravian barley and Plzen water to give it consistent taste that's been popular for over two centuries.
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4/15 Crows Craft Beer
Malt, hops, yeast, and water: the four ingredients used by Crows Craft Beer to create amazing artisanal hops. They have the Crows Pale Ale, the Carte Blanche (White IPA), the Mala Hiebra (India Pale Ale/IPA), and the bestselling double IPA variant called De Puta Madre. Enjoy quality-made small-batch drinks by shopping from them online.
It's no surprise that Japan's No. 1 beer is also a ready favourite in the Philippines. Asahi, known for its Super Dry, delivers a crisp clear taste with a clean finish. To insiders, it's known as the distinct Karakuchi taste, one that quenches thirst and refreshes the palate.
Singha's Thai brewery uses 100 per cent premium barley with Saaz hops to create a distinct flavour that's famous all over the world. Its golden logo, a mystical lion in Thai literature, reinforces the brand's promise of quality along with the prestigious Garuda symbol, a Thai honour given to only the most trusted of companies.
7/15 Kirin Ichiban
Kirin Ichiban is one of the best-selling beers in Japan and in the Philippines. Their premium malt beer is made with a first-press method that guarantees smoothness without compromising on rich flavour.
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8/15 San Miguel
Where would this list be without our beloved San Miguel? A must-have in all our previous nights-out, San Miguel offers different types of beers to suit all drinkers. Their Pale Pilsen and light variants are classics, while other variants such as Red Horse or their flavoured beer cater more to heavy or light drinkers respectively. Relive another night at your favourite bar with a bottle of San Miguel, even while at home!
Sapporo is Japan's oldest brand of beer, started by Seibei Nakagawa, Japan's first German-trained brewmaster. Now, the company has five variations: the new Sapporo Pure, with only 90 calories, the Sapporo Black, Sapporo Premium Beer, Sapporo Premium Light Beer, and Sapporo Reserve Beer.
10/15 Crazy Carabao
From its name alone, you can probably tell that Crazy Carabao is a proudly Filipino-made brand. With five variations under its belt—Pilsner, Wheat, Golden Ale, Pale Ale, and India Pale Ale—Crazy Carabao uses a variety of ingredients to create delicious ales you can have delivered to your home.
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11/15 Monkey Eagle
Monkey Eagle has a wide variety of fun beers to suit every personality and season. Some of their most interesting ones include Summer Slice, a Kolsch-style beer made with watermelon, and the General Luna Ale, a blonde ale that'll transport you to Siargao seasides. Explore the rest of the boozy personalities you'll find from Monkey Eagle!
12/15 Nipa Brew
Nipa Brew is all about enjoying Filipino ingredients. Complement the summer scorcher with a cold bottle of Tropic Haze wheat ale or their signature citrusy blonde ale called Sun Stoked. More adventurous flavours await—such as the coffee and chocolate inspired porter, Midnight Blur and the mysterious India brown ale, Drop Zone—for those looking to try more.
13/15 Hite Beer
South Korean foodies and fans are sure to recognise Hite Beer. Brewed in Seoul, it's made with underground well water, Canadian Harrington barley, and Yakima hops. No additives or preservatives guaranteed, for the most refreshing drink, you can enjoy while watching your next Netflix K-drama.
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The Hoegaarden White is an aromatic ale flavoured with coriander and Curaçao. To many, it's the star of their night, along with its counterpart, the Hoegaarden Rosé, which is a personal favourite that contains a sweet flavour alongside fruity notes and subtle spices.
15/15 Brew Kettle
Brew Kettle is Belgian-inspired witbier lager made with malted barley, hops, and an medley of spices and bitter orange oils. This aromatic concoctions will transport you back in time to Belgian taverns! Goes beautifully with seafood or grilled poultry.
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