Thursday, April 30, 2020

7 Lockdown ways to open a bottle!

Hello beer lovers! Its been a while. Time flies and technology keeps on changing, the instant posting and editing of Instagram and Facebook is really convenient and faster, so i'm very active with my IG and Facebook handle @beerloverinmanila. But since we are on lockdown, i now have more time to  blog.

Due to boredom, i came up with a story of a guy having all the beers ready for the ECQ but forgot that his cousin borrowed his bottle opener just before the lockdown. He is desperate to drink his beer stack just like us, so lets help him think of tricks and strategies on how to open his beers the alternative way.

1. Teeth- back in the days, i saw our neighbours doing this with ease. He was popping it for everyone, nice and easy. You just have to put it on the rightmost part or leftmost part of your teeth and create an parallel angle to fit in the crown and make a leverage. Then tighten your jaw grip and push the bottle upwards. This strategy is not for everyone specially those with false teeth. Its unhygienic and cringy to do. I failed doing it though.

Westmalle Dubbel

2. Backset Latch- Just put the crown in between the latch and pull sideways opposing the direction to open the beer. This strategy will waste some beer so its not really recommended but a good alternative if you are desperate.

Westmalle Dubbel

3. Bottle to bottle- i learned this trick back in college. This one i can do with ease and this strategy puts you on the "cool guy" list during your college years. Here's how, you have to hold the target bottle tight with your left thumb exposed, you will use your thumb as leverage. Now place the other bottle's crown just below the target bottle then pop it!

4. Spoon- I learned this after college, working, every night is a drinking night, most of the time at a friend's rented house with incomplete kitchen things. A colleague of mine took a spoon and popped it. To my amazement, i also tried it for my bottle. Its similar to the bottle style, you just have to use your thumb as leverage for popping. It will also depend on your spoon because some cheap spoons bend.

5. Lighter- I learned this when i tried smoking after college maybe. Back in the days, when you drink its automatic that you have to smoke or else you get to sniff all the second hand smoke of your friends. It is also similar to the bottle and spoon. Hold the the bottle tight and expose your thumb as a leverage and put the lighter butt just below the crown and pop it. The lighter should be the plastic one, the cheap ones sold on convenience store, not the Zippo or expensive ones.

6. Table- I learned this together with the lighter era. Same with the teeth, this is kinda difficult and could hurt your hands when you placed it wrongly and sometimes beer also splashes out when shaked. You just have to place the lip of the crown at the edge of the table, then pound the top part with your other hand.
San Miguel Pale Pilsen

7. The Kick- i just discovered this about a month ago and i have been practicing since. With this strategy, you have to use long neck bottles or you won't be able to reach it. If you use a stout bottle, big chance of slipping from your hands. Just put the lip of the crown atop the other bottle's crown, hold both bottles on the neck with one hand using a finger to separate it. Then just hold it down just beside your thigh and kick. Be sure to target the lower bottle. See the video below.
Hopefully we were able to help our fictional guy chug his beers in no time!

So while researching, there are tons of ways to open a beer bottle. Some used a bolo, some even stilettos. But as beer drinkers, it's just cool to know these strategies but we don't want it to happen to us. 


I went all through that even though i have tons of bottle openers for the sake of boredom. If you have other ways to open a beer bottle, please send it in the comment section. Cheers!

Friday, December 8, 2017

MNL Craftbeer Festival 2017

From my last post that i wanted to organise the biggest beer festival in Manila which currently failed but i'm still pursuing my dreams to do one. Even though i lost money on my last stunt, i'll just charge it to experience.

It's very inspiring to see fellow beer advocates pushing themselves to the limit in pursuit of the craft beer revolution. Good thing that we have Jun Flores who gave his time in organising for the benefit of the entire local craft beer scene! Good Job Mang Kiko!

I wish i could be there all 3 days, but i only managed to visit once and man i tell you, its all worth it! I've been beer blogging since 2011 and i am really amazed that there are a lot of new local craft beers that i am not aware of, parang kabute! I wanted to try all but we physically can't , craft beers have really good flavors and high alcohol content! My strategy here is to try the new ones and skip on the ones i already knew and tasted.
Beauty and the Beast?

 I tried the abbey ale of Dessert Fathers Brewing Co. of Batangas.
 I tried the Citrus IPA Mitchell's Backyard Brewing
 I said hi to Pedro's Nadine Fanlo.
 I tried Lee David's beer. He is a member of Manila Mashers Homebrew Club and my gym mate.
 The Manila Masher Homebrew Club let me tasted their beers, so many I forgot which ones.
 I should've tried one of Alamat Craft Brews dark side beers but their sold out.
 Me with the familiar craft beer guys (Jaime, Marc, Beer Padawan, Tom, Rio and the Bier Ranger)
 The beer judges with Mang Kiko photo bombing.
 Tom and Kevin of the PCK.
 I tried the BIG Scary Russian Stout of Munting Ilog Craft Beer from Silang, Cavite
 I tried the starman IPA of CraftPoint Brewing recommended by fellow judenite, Marvin Moreno. 
I tried the award winning pale ale of @BeerBros, they are from my HS, Chiang Kai Shek College. I also tried the IPA of @theprofessorsbrew 

Not to mention the beers my wife drank which i took a sip from also and the many trials i had. Whew! Went home around 230am and still managed to be home in one piece. I wanted to try other new breweries like 63 North, Sikatuna, Juan Brew and Santiago. Kaya there is a reason to visit the next craft beer event. 

Another good news is that, @seabrew or South East Asia Brew is scheduled to hold its annual conference and trade show in Manila this coming June 2018. Watch our for it! 


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Biggest Challenge

The biggest challenge in organising this Manila International Beer Festival is bringing the other 5% of the beer market in one roof! The imported beer and the craft beer has a totally different business platform and that makes it so much difficulty, that i need to celebrate in fulfilling this! The outcome will be on November 18! Cheers to that!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Manila International Beer Fest 2017

I’ve been blogging about beer since 2010 and I have noticed how the scene has changed these past few years. Much of the development can be attributed primarily with the Filipinos’ love for beer. This fascination goes hand in hand with our decades of enjoying our very own San Miguel Beer, our country’s pride and joy when it comes to beer. We always have that brown bottle together with our meals, in our gatherings and even when we’re out partying. Even foreigners have come to enjoy the famous Pale Pilsen which keeps them coming back to our country like any other local attraction.

But like I said, the beer industry has been evolving and as the industry changes, so as the beer drinkers who have been chugging down bottles and bottles of beer consistently. As you go through the menu of your favorite bar or as you gaze into the liquor section at the supermarket, new brands have started to sprout apart from the San Miguel brands that we usually know. You may have noticed this with the different brands that I have featured here, if you have been following my blog. The once elusive European favorites that you have had in your trips back in the day are now visible in most bars in the metro. The Asian counterparts led by the Japanese giants have consistently been coming in and out of the market, trying to make a mark with the connoisseurs. And now even the San Miguel group has introduced their lifestyle brands to keep up with this trend and brought in one of the variants of Kirin. These are just your commercial brands, we haven’t talked about the other side of the spectrum which is ruled by the craft brewers that have touched base with the market as well.

At this point, I guess it’s high time that we enjoy these brands and not think about anything but savoring every bit of taste each beer brand has. I mean, sans the price, the correct pronunciation of the brand or even the alcohol content, WE NEED TO ENJOY these brands!

That is why I’m very happy to announce that and Happy Box Media are coming up with the biggest beer event this 2017 with the Manila International Beer Festival on November 18. To be held at the Metrotent, this one-day event is going to bring in all the big commercial beer brands and craft beers in one roof. The whole concept of just having fun is always connected with beer that’s why this is the perfect event for beer lovers like you and me! Guests can taste and enjoy the different brands and just let loose and drink. There will also be games, raffle and music acts to complete your beer tasting experience for this event so you really need to get everyone you know who loves beer to be here!

I'm also inviting beer distributors, big or small, craft beer association of the Philippines, beer equipment suppliers to join. This is a collective effort to raise beer awareness to Pinoys. Call me for more info or follow us on Facebook (@beerloverinmanila) for updates on this event. Cheers!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Beer imports record 5% Market share in the Philippines

While browsing through Linkedin today, saw this article posted by Pham Le Duc titled "The Beer Market in Southeast Asia"

In his article, he discussed the overall beer market among our Southeast Asian neighbours or otherwise known as TIPMV and beer imports look bright for the Philippine market. Why?

In the figure shown above, you can see that beer consumption in the Philippines grow at a static rate of 15% annually. Which is huge for 100M Filipinos!
Philippines and Thailand have a similar chart with its local beer companies grabbing majority of the market, the only difference is that Thailand's local beer market is shared by 2 companies while San Miguel Beer Corporation takes the biggest chunk at 91% and leaving the 4% to its closest competitor in Asia Brewery Co. Inc. Leaving close to 5% to the imported beer segment. And even if the chart doesn't show, there is a growing Craft Beer market in the country.

The beer market in the Philippines will be vulnerable in the coming years because of the big youth population who are willing to try new beer flavors and beer brands with purchasing powers. The country is also optimistic with the tourist industry and expecting a surge in visitor arrivals from China, Russia,Japan, USA and the South East Asian neighbor who are willing to spend for a good beer. The future is bright for the beer industry specially to the beer import segment. 

The Pinoys these days are somehow exposed to a lot of beer varieties, our OFW brothers and sister for example are pretty much exposed to the beers available in their working countries and when they come home to the Philippines, they have the purchasing power to drink imported beer once in a while with their family. Another group that are market changers are the Fil-foreign locals, they have the money and willing to spend it over a good craft beer or imported beer.

Another angle is the switch to Federalism, if this pushes through and FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) is in place. The beer market is definitely changing. The beer brands who are already present in the country now will reap the most when this happens.

Credits to the owners of the figure, Euromonitor and shared by Duc Pham.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Chinese invented beer

Recently, i have been looking @pinterest and there is a lot of cool infographics just like this one. Over the years, i thought beer was invented by the Europeans and Germany has always been top of mind. Thanks to this infographics from @brewdog, i just learned that ancient Chinese started fermenting alcoholic beverage as early as 7000 b.c. And there is actually a goddess of beer, whose name is Ninkasi! And the rest is history! Cheers and Hoppy Sunday everyone!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Time Person of the Year

Hello beer fans! This is not about local Pinoy craft beer or anything related to beer. I humbly apologise in advance but this is about National Pride, the Pinoy Pride we are all talking about every time a Pinoy champions himself or herself to the world. 
The first and last Filipino who was selected as TIME person of the year was the late president Corazon C. Aquino last 1986 when she was put to power through a historical bloodless revolution more commonly known as the EDSA People Power revolution, 31 years ago. Now, our Philippine president is included in the list of Time 100 people. (
As described, The TIME 100 is their annual list of the most influential people in the world—features a number of leading artists, politicians, lawmakers, scientists and leaders of tech and business. 

I humbly seek for your support and vote "Yes" on the name of President Duterte on the poll, click here. Whether you are against his war on drugs or him personally as long as you are a Filipino, let us vote yes. It is not everyday that we get a Filipino in the influential list of TIME 100. Watch the video to see his credentials.

In several occasions, Philippine presidents and boxer Manny Pacquiao lands on the prestigious magazine's cover.
Mabuhay tayong lahat! Cheers, sana manalo si Digong. Literally, his chance of winning is in our hands, so vote Yes on his name. Spread the word as well!