Best Backyard Brews (Part 1): 4 Local Craft Beers
It’s been a few years since the revolution started brewing, and right under our noses at that. Carefully curated flavours paired with real quality ingredients amounts to lip-smacking experiences whether paired with food or just taken alone. Craft beer, brewed right here in the country, is taking the big city by storm. As the rest of the country takes on a larger appetite for unique cuisines and bolder tastes, so has it with its preferences in its drinks. Here’s a few we can’t get over.
Dark Beer by Pivo Praha
A Czech-style dark lager, Pivo Praha has created some local gold. A full-bodied brew made of 100% pure malt, the 4.5 percent ABV lager emanates a distinct balance between the sweet caramel flavour behind it without leaving a bitter after taste in the palette. This is best with paired with dark meat, savoury chips or juicy conversation.
Find it, drink it: Bravo Best Foods
1331 JP Rizal Street, Makati City, Philippines +632.899.5410/ +632.896.9572
Liberation Pale Ale by Craftpoint
Craftpoint is out to break the traditional notion of pale beers as light beers and has concocted Liberation in the process. With 5.5 percent ABV, the beer asserts its one-of-a-kind taste: an intricate blend of malt, hops and Belgian yeasts that mingles just right with the palette of the East. Pale ale is best paired with chips, burgers, chicken or lamb.
Find it, drink it: EDSA Beverage Design Group
209 EDSA CLMC Bldg. Greenhills-Mandaluyong
Indio Pale Ale by Katipunan Craft
No, it isn’t a misnomer. The Indio Pale Ale is a craft beverage on its own although similar to the IPAs that normally go with spicy fare such as curries. A distinct characteristic of this brew is the bitterness of the hops, thus its lighter colour. But compared to the much-loved products of the bigwigs of the beer industry, there is a certain disparity in its distinct flavour, fuller body and amber colouring.
Find it, drink it: Perfect Pint
2/F Crossroads Bldg., 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig +632.823.1320
Iligan Single Hop Origin Pale Ale by Fat Pauly’s
Another game changer in home grown ales is Fat Pauly’s Iligan Pale Ale. With a biting bitterness from the hops, the brew features a hint of sweetness underneath the uppermost layer of foam which proves an addicting alternative to the pale beers of bigger players in the industry. Pair this mix with a good slab of steak or some sharp cheese.
Find it, drink it: Caviar
Unit 206-A Westgate Centre, Alabang, Muntinlupa City +632.552.7930
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