Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Beer Tourism in the Philippines

Its a stormy day in Manila, half of the metropolis is flooded. Schools, government offices are suspended! What else to do on a Friday? The bar is always open, drink beer!

I have always mentioned that my love for beer started when i went to Munich Germany last 2004. From then on, i always search and crave for imported beers, craft beers that are new to me or any beer that will get my attention and excitement!

When i visited Japan, i really made sure to drink Japanese craft beer even if it is expensive! see them here and here. When i went to Shanghai, i went here. Even if beer is not that visible in Dubai, we still drank here. Of course, in Hongkong, we went to so many beer places like LKF (Lan Kwai Fung) and their annual beer fest, beertopia! When i went Paris, even if beer is not that famous there, i still managed to find a microbrewery, Frog Pub XVI. As well as in Italy, beer are fairly drank, both countries are really more in to wines, which i love as well. My point is people like me travel for beer and how many are we in the whole world? Millions of beer lovers for sure. And i take pride in introducing our locally crafted beers to everyone! Philippine Craft Beers at its best!

If you are in Manila, you can visit microbreweries like:

1. Pivo Praha/ Bravo Best Foods, 1331 Angono Street, Makati - Besides the Czech-style beers, they also serve Pizza and Pasta.

2. GPoint Smörgåsbord & Bar, 510 Padre Faura St, Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila- haven't been here but will visit this place soon!

3. Craft Point Brewing/ EDSA beverage Design Studio, G/F CLMC Building,209 EDSA, Mandaluyong,Metro Manila, Philippines- haven't been here but will visit this place soon!

If you are in Luzon, you can visit microbreweries like:
1. Baguio Craft Brewery /Xavierbier
Ben Palispis Hwy, Baguio, Benguet
- haven't been here but will visit this place soon, but see the blog here.

2. Palaweno Brewing/ Ayahay- haven't been here but will visit this place soon!

82 Manalo Street, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

If you are in Visayas, you van visit The Cebruery in Mandaue, Cebu. None yet in Mindanao area.

Some bars that i know that support local craft beers are The Bottle Shop by Global Beer Exchange, Barley Gastropub, Burgers and Brewskies, Perfect Pint, Irie Gastropub in Cebu, Rockefeller in Makati.

Just May of this year, a foreign group organized Drink Up Philippines and it featured local craft beers , imported beers and cocktails. See more here.

Part of my bucket list is to be able to visit Munich on Oktoberfest and a beer pilgrimage in San Diego, California or Brussels, Belgium! Whats yours?

To my foreign readers and followers, please come to my country and enjoy our homegrown craft beers! To my Pinoy readers, lets do beer tourism across the country! If you know of a good place that serves local craft beer that is not listed above please feel free to tell it in the comment section, it will be most welcome! Drinking Beer: It's more FUN in the Philippines!

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