Are you tired of your usual Light and Below Zero beer varieties? Do you think you’re ready to introduce your beer palette to more sophisticated varieties that will tickle your tastebuds with strong, rich flavors and a comforting blend of bitter and hoppy notes?
Sounds fancy, doesn’t it? That’s basically craft beer for you, but also, that’s not all there is to it. See, in recent years, there’s been a rise in interest in craft beer, which basically means they were produced in humble, maybe even makeshift breweries that employ traditional beer-brewing methods instead of utilizing machines such as those in giant distilleries. For the avid beer drinker, what this means is bucketloads more of choices to enjoy.
If you’re only about to dip your toes into this wonderful world of beercraft, or if you’re looking for a new watering hole that serves the craft you’ve been craving, here are some places to quench your thirst.
The newly renovated Kabisera along 7th Avenue in Bonifacio Global City serves the Katipunan craft beer variety. Enjoy the fruity Indio Pale Ale as you enjoy their appetizers such as their street food basket, which combines fish balls, squid balls, chickenballs, and kikiam for a very affordable PhP120. You can also pair it with a full-on dinner, complete with the rice-viand combo that is the definition of what a true Filipino meal is.
Anyway, back to their beers—they also have Katipunan Signal No. 1, Ayahay India Pale Ale, Summer Sessions, the Dumaguete Dubbel, Palawan Honey Kolsch, and Hunter Honey Nut Brown Ale. So, yeah, you can pretty much rest assured that if you go to the Kabisera bar, there’s no missing out on their craft beer lineup. Prepare around P200 to P310 for a bottle each.
2) Mr. Rockefeller
This American classic-looking restaurant up on the 2nd floor of Greenbelt 3 may not seem like the place to find craft beers, but you’ll be surprised at the fact that they actually serve their own homebrews (only P90 per pint and P120 per quart!). If you’re bananas for strawberry, then you definitely should try their interesting strawberry beer. Apart from that, they also have pale and dark beers, which definitely live up to their names. The pale variety in particular is a lot refreshing to taste with light tinges of fruity flavors. The dark variety, meanwhile, has a stronger, more robust appeal to it, similar perhaps to the dark Asahi, but also not exactly.
You can pair their beers with yummy appetizers such as the 5-Layer Nacho Dip, chicken quesadillas, cheese puffs, and the crowd favorite that is their original buffalo wings.
3) Backyard Kitchen and Brew
If it’s all about the brew that you want, then it’s all about the brew you’re gonna get. Backyard Kitchen and Brew in UP Town Center along Katipunan will offer you craft pale ales like Joe’s Brew and Sierra Madre Wheat Ale (both priced for PhP295). It’s a lean selection but if you’re the loyal type of consumer, it’s all you’ll ever need, really.
Bring out the Pizookie and the Salted Egg Chicken Skin to complete your orders and it’s sure to be a pretty filling night out, needless to say.
4) The Perfect Pint
It’s a tall order, but they do promise to give you a perfect pint. This casual dining bar in Molito, Alabang gives you an impressive array of meat—from steaks to ribs, surf n’ turfs, and sausage platters—and you know they’re all for the benefit of making your beer-drinking experience ten times better.
What really takes the cake, though, is their selection of craft beers coming straight from their in-house microbrewery—yes, right within the bar premises. Thai Wheat is a particularly interesting concoction with its subtle infusion of coriander and lemongrass. If you want something more citrusy, however, you can instead try the Street Smart ale. The Grail Double IPA adds more hops to the bold mix of tropical fruits, pine, and citrus.
5) Glass Bar
If you prefer to go out of town but not too far from the city for a more relaxed ambiance to enjoy your craft beer, head on over to the Glass Bar in Antipolo City. Actually, this bar is inside the compound of the Crescent Moon Cafe, which also stands as a pottery studio. So if you’re looking for a real crafty feel for your craft beer, there’s nothing craftier than this, probably.
These are just some of the recommendations that you can check out for that craft beer experience. True to the spirit of craft beer-making, don’t be afraid to explore and try out more new things out there.