Updated August 2017
A revolution is definitely brewing in the craft beer scene here in the Philippines. It seems that in the past few years, there’s been a boom in local microbreweries. According to the Philippine Craft Beer Community as of 2017, there are now 36 local breweries: 12 Craft Brewpubs and 24 Nano / Microbreweries with over 200+ Craft Beer Styles in the Philippines. (Whew. It’s getting hard to keep track of all these beers and keep this post updated!)
While guzzling down 99 bottles of beer for a self-imposed sidequest, I was glad to come across some great craft beers which are brewed right here in the country. If you’re a craft beer enthusiast or you want to try something new, here are some homegrown microbreweries and beers that you should look out for when you travel around the Philippines.
NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR)
KAPITOLYO BREWING COMPANY *NEW*
Kapitolyo Brewing Company is a small brewery located in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City launched in December 2016. Run by brewmaster Jun Flores, this microbrewery produces unique styles of beer in small batches for the local market. Their beers are made with the highest quality ingredients, malt and hops imported from around the world and use local specialty spices to give them a distinct local taste and character.
The brewery currently has a 300L brewhouse with five 300L uni-tanks fermenters and will sell its products inside the restaurant and to select beer bars locally.
Beer variants: Session IPA, Brown Ale
Where to try Kapitolyo Brewing Company’s beer: Their brewhouse is located in Dual Star Building, Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
- Facebook: Kapitolyo Brewing Company
- Contact number: 0917-8798655
BULUL BREWERY *NEW*
Bulul Bewery started as a homebrewing company and officially launched in October 2016. Bulul refers to a carved wooden figure used to guard the rice crop by the Igorot peoples of northern Luzon, as seen in their logo. The symbol is commonly associated with the Ifugao region.
Beer variants: Wheat Ale, Brown Man Ale, Honey Ale, Kudeta IPA, Trigo, Vanilla Bourbon, Pumpkin
Where to try Bulul Brewery: I’ve sampled beers from Bulul Brewery during craft beer events and weekend bazaars. The beers are also available on tap at Beerhouse Kapitolyo and Savour Manila Food Park.
- Facebook: Bulul Brewery
SIKATUNA CRAFT BREWERY *NEW*
Beer variants: Sikatuna American IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Extra Special Bitter
Where to try Sikatuna Craft Beers: They’re currently operating in a home brew set-up. I’ve been able to buy bottles of this at Beerhouse Kapitolyo.
- Facebook: Sikatuna Craft Brewery
63 NORTH BREWING
Inspired and informed by the craft brewing revolution in North America, 63 North Brewing aims to bring Manila’s beer drinkers some of the best beers available anywhere. Like many of the great new breweries around the world, 63 North Brewing Company began when a passion for crafting better and better beer at home outgrew their kitchen. Their name reflects the importance as a company that they place in their homebrewing roots.
Beer variants: Cloudrunner, Green Mango Gose, English Special Bitter, 63 North American
Where to try it: Charlie Does Manila, Señor Pollo Makati, Crying Tiger Street Kitchen
- Facebook: 63 North Brewing Co.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/63north/
- Contact number: 0908-8119881
THE BREWERY AT THE PALACE
The Brewery a the Palace is a bar and restaurant in Bonifacio Global City that serves in-store brewed beer and flavorful bar chows.
Beer variants: IPA, Weissbier, Pilsner, Fighting Irish Red Oak Ale, Uptown Ale
Where to try it: 10th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Parade, Bonifacio Global City, 1630 Taguig, Philippines
ALAMAT CRAFT BREW
Alamat Craft Brew is a limited batch craft brewery, currently working in a homebrew setup in Quezon City. Their beers are inspired by Filipino Folklore and Mythological Characters and creatures. The name of the brewery is inspired by the founders’ nationalistic, yet playful, spirit. In support of the local craft beer industry, members decided to adopt a local but very distinct name (Alamat is the Filipino term for legend or myth).
The Artisan Beers are brewed, founded, operated and owned by 5 University of the Philippines, Diliman alumni (UP College of Fine Arts, and UP College of Engineering Alumni with rock, and metal bands). The super astig beer labels have awesome artwork that looks straight out of a graphic novel or comic book.
READ MORE: Alamat Craft Beer
Beer variants: Balete Pale Ale, Ansisit Session IPA, Kapre Roasted IPA (Limited Edition), Urduja Warrior IPA, Bakunawa Duyog Stout (Oatmeal Cookie Stout), Mambabarang (Imperial Black IPA), Oni Extra IPA (1st Anniversary Brew), Bungisngis Kambal Tsoko Stout (Chocolate Stout) collab brew with Tweedle Book Cafe, Talagbusao (UP Fighting Maroons Ale) Bloody Ale, Minokawa Imperial Stout
Where to try Alamat Craft Brew’s Beers: The beers are available at The Bottle Shop branches and Tweedle Book Cafe in Quezon City.
- Facebook: Alamat Craft Brew
- Contact number: 0921-9862512
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CROW’S CRAFT BREWING COMPANY
A limited batch brewing company that aims to provide consumers with high-quality craft beer. They usually have special events at The Bottle Shop, while the beer is served in draft at Pintxos, a bar in Alabang.
Beer variants: Amarillo (Single-hop smash-brew series Imperial IPA), Stoned Crow IPA, De Puta Madre Double XX IPA, Crows Simcoe Smash (Single-hop smash-brew Imperial IPA, Crow’s Nest Pale Ale, Morena Clara Amber Ale
Where to find Crow’s Craft: Beers are available at The Bottle Shop Fort & Magallanes and Bar Pintxos Tapas bar in Alabang.
- Facebook: Crow’s Craft Brewing Co.
- Email: email@example.com
- Contact number: (02) 211 4999
ENGKANTO BREWERY *NEW*
Engkanto Brewery aims to introduce a line of high-quality craft beers that fit the average Filipino’s palate and pocket. The brewery, launched in 2017, is a collaboration between Filipino-Spanish Ian Paradies, founder and president of Napa Gapa Beverages Corporation & Josh Karten, the owner of the popular Proclamation Ale Co. in the United States. Compared to the other small craft beer players in the country, they run a very large operation. They have breweries in Makati and Carmona, Cavite and can produce seven million bottles annually and 700 20-liter kegs daily.
Beer variants: Lager, Blonde, Pale, IPA, Double IPA; Coming soon: stout with coconut and the dalandan ale
Where to try Engkanto beers: The beer is being distributed in select bars, restaurants, and hotels in Metro Manila. I tried it on tap at Savour Manila, a food park in Tomas Morato near ABS-CBN.
Juan Brew is the first solar-powered beer produced in the Philippines! Juan Brew was founded in 2014 by German-Filipino entrepreneur Alexander Lietz to revitalize the beer industry and help beer shake of its reputation as a cheap drink for the masses.
Their microbrewery was designed and built in the Philippines and is 100% solar powered, the first of its kind in the Philippines. How cool is that? They are also a leading supplier of quality beer-making equipment and ingredients which are distributed to other Philippine craft breweries and homebrewers via their online web shop.
Beer variants: Juan Brew Pale Ale, Juan Brew India Pale Ale, Juan Brew Bavarian Wheat Ale, Juan Brew Dry Stout
Where to try Juan Brew: Juan Brew is sold in Burgers & Brewskies (Fort), Bunk (Mandalauyong), Mr. Graham’s Sandwich Shop (Quezon City), Lemuria (Quezon City), The Wine Steward (Quezon City) & The Yard to name a few.
- Address: Lietz Industrial Complex, Edison Avenue (P. Leviste), KM 14 SLEX, 1709 Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Website: http://juanbrew.com
- Facebook: Juan Brew Online
- Twitter: @JuanBrew
- Instagram: @JuanBrew
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the same group as Nipa Foods, a specialty food and beverage business that sources local and unique Philippine foodstuff, Nipa Brew aims to “spread the love for Filipino craft beers, one sip at a time.”
Behind the microbrewery is Founder Stephen Michael Co and Brewer Evan Yap who launched their flagship ale, Tropic Haze (a wheat beer with tropical fruit tones) in late 2014.
Beer variants: Tropic Haze, Sun Stoked, Bliss Point, Midnight Blur, Drop Zone, Explorer Series
Where to try Nipa Brew: Nipa Brew can be ordered online through Facebook or from www.nipabrew.com.
- Website: www.nipabrew.com
- Facebook: Nipa Brew
- Instagram: @nipabrew
- Twitter: @nipabrew
- Email: email@example.com
THE PROFESSOR’S BREW *NEW*
Previously only available in a homebrew set-up, the beers are unique concoctions by Carlo Ng, a Chemistry professor who got interested in the science behind brewing and the chemical complexities of the flavor component.
Beer variants: Brown Ale, IPA, Chocolate Chili Porter
Where to try The Professor’s Brew: You can order The Professor’s Brew fresh on tap from Blue Rocket Kitchen + Cafe in Quezon City. Bottled beers are also sold there. You can order beers online through their Facebook page. Delivery is available within MM and GMA.
KATIPUNAN CRAFT ALES
Katipunan Craft Ales is a Manila-based company established in 2011 that aims to bring the craft brewing revolution to the Philippines.
The people behind Katipunan Craft are 4 Ateneo High School classmates who met in 1998 – Brett Lim, Miguel Buling, Raffy Taruc, and Kiyo Miura who started in a home-brewing set-up in Katipunan Ave. They celebrate classic beer recipes with a local flair, as seen in their logo and packaging. Their flagship line is the Indio Pale Ale, though they continue to experiment on seasonal recipes to add to their lineup.
Beer variants: Indio Pale Ale, Signal 1 Stout, 1 Porter Road, Dear Fred, Weizenburg, Three Hops and a Hop IPA
Where to try Katipunan Craft Ale: Katipunan Craft products are available on tap and in bottles in an increasing number of establishments throughout Manila including Global Beer Exchange, Gilmore Wines & Spirits and The Perfect Pint. Most are in the Makati / Taguig area. I’ve also spotted some bottled variants for sale in Bo’s Coffee. [View beer locator here]
- Facebook: Katipunan Craft Ales
- Twitter: @KatipunanCraft
- Website: www.katipunancraft.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CRAFTPOINT BREWING COMPANY
Craftpoint Brewing Company is a Manila-based craft brewery, which launched in June 2013.
Behind the brewery are Aldous Bernardo, Chip Vega, and Marvin Moreno, homebrewers who turned their love into a business. The brewers liken the brewing process to making the perfect work of art, and aim to create a memorable and unique craft beer experience through their brews.
Beer variants: Summer Sessions Blond Ale, Liberation Pale Ale, Revolution Belgian IPA, Summer Passion Blond Ale, Hopnosis (Ten Hops IPA), Forbidden Fruit (Sour Ale), Hounds Bark (Mangosteen Sour Beer), Midnight Sessions (Pandan Porter), Day (Coffee IPA), Nights (Mocha Porter)
Where to try Craftpoint beers: I first sampled these during Books Bites & Brews Craft Beer and Food Pairing at the Blackboard in Podium in February 2014, and have been a fan ever since. Craftpoint is available in EDSA Beverage Design Studio, Global Beer Exchange, Bait’s Seafood Kitchen, The Perfect Pint & Backyard Kitchen & Brew (UP Town Center) among others.
- Address: EDSA Beverage Design Studio, CLMC Building, 209, EDSA, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
- Facebook: Craftpoint Brewing Co.
- Twitter: @CraftpointBrew
- Website: www.craftpointbrew.com
- Email: email@example.com
Joe’s Brew is a Manila-based craft brewery founded in 2014. It’s a proud 100% Filipino craft beer, made from quality ingredients. They promise to provide their patrons with fine tasting beverages that refresh and sooth the soul.
Behind Joe’s Brew is Joey Viray who studied craft beer making at the University of California – Riverside and started brewing his own beer along with siblings, Marco Viray and Mica Viray-Aguila, and friends, Franco Alido and RG Gamboa.
Beer variants: Fish Rider Pale Ale, Sierra Madre Wheat Ale, 34th Pursuit IPA, Soothsayer Pale Ale, Sunsweeper Double IPA, Meet Joe Black, Poblacion Common
Where to try Joe’s Brew: Joe’s Brew has its own pub called House of Joe’s located in 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati. Joe’s Brew beers are available on tap and in bottle in a number of Metro Manila establishments including Industriya in Marikina, Global Beer Exchange, CAB Cafe, Backyard Kitchen & Brew, The Perfect Pint, Nolita, Hungry Hound, ABV, Tambai Snackhouse, The Sapphire Lounge, Borough, Big Bad Wolf, and Smoky Bastard.
- Website: www.joesbrew.com/
- Facebook: Joe’s Brew
- Twitter: @JoesBrewPH
- Instagram: @JoesBrewPH
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Privo Praha is a microbrewery based in Makati, Philippines which brews beers using 100% pure malt and fresh Czech hops.
The brewery is said to be the product of a joint venture between local restaurateur, Edilberto Bravo and top Czech Republic beer consultant, Jan Suran, a brewpub owner himself.
Beer variants: Classic, Dark Beer, German Weizen and Czech Light.
Where to try Pivo Praha: We regularly go to Bravo Sports Bar & Pivo Praha Microbrewery in Makati (right across Makati City Hall) for our Pivo Praha fix. Their beer is also available at Bravo Golf Hotel Dumaguete, Sibulan, Negros Oriental, Philippines & several gastropubs and bars in the metro including CAB Cafe.
GREAT ISLANDS CRAFT BREWERY
Founded in 2014, Great Islands Craft Brewery is a craft brewery based in Metro Manila making world class beers with local aromas, flavors, and personality. This microbrewery produces a line of very interesting beers using local Filipino ingredients and flavors.
The team behind the brewery includes Master Brewer Allan “Baldis” Agala, Magnus Villafuerte and Mario Mcdermott. Their brewing facility is located at 9030 Aguinaldo Highway, Imus City, Cavite.
Beer variants: Pearl of the Orient Filipino Pale Ale, 7107 City Ale, Bicol Express Wild Chilli Ale, Sinturon ni Hudas Ginger Chilli Beer, Puto Bumbong Ale, Halo-Halo Ale
Where to try Great Islands Craft beers: The beers are available at Gilmore Wines & Spirits and are served at The Perfect Pint in BGC and sold at Global Beer Exchange’s The Bottle Shop. Pearl of the Orient is served on tap at Merkanto: International Street Food in Quezon City.
- Address: Gilmore Wines & Spiritis. 17 Gilmore Avenue, 1112 New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines
- Website: www.greatislandsbrewing.com
- Facebook: Great Islands
- Email: email@example.com
G POINT CRAFT BEER
Established in 2011, G Point Craft beer is a line of micro-brewed house beers served in G Point Smorgasbord and Bar in Ermita, Manila.
Behind the beer is Morgan Källefjord, a former mechanic from Sweden, who went on holiday in the country and eventually settled here. He’s now married to Tiffany, a Filipina. G Point, which is slang for “gimmick point” evolved from a floating bar and restaurant before it became a full-blown bar and restaurant.
Beer variants: Black Bitch Scottish Porter, Pirate IPA, Wild Ride, Bumpy Butt Single Malt Ale, Hippy Cider Ale
Where to try G Point Beer: GPoint Smorgasbord & Bar is located in 510 Padre Faura, Manila, Philippines. I got to try two variants (Black Bitch & Pirate IPA) when I saw it being served on tap at Barley Gastropub (now closed). I’ve also seen this served on tap at Cafe Curieux at Bel-Air Soho Polaris corner Badajos, Makati. According to a reader, it’s also served in Snaps, a sports bar in Sofitel.
THE LAUGHING CARABAO
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Tarlac is a landlocked province known as the “Melting Pot of Central Luzon” and for its vast sugar and rice plantations. Founded in July 2015, The Laughing Carabao Brewery is Tarlac’s first Craft Brewery, crafting locally-inspired beers using local produce. Their White Mango Ale uses mangoes harvested from farmyards of Bamban, Tarlac while Inuruban Pale Ale is inspired by a local delicacy made of sticky rice, young coconut and sugar.
Beer variants: White Mango Ale, Inuruban Pale Ale, Coconut Stout
Where to try it: They don’t have a tasting room yet, but you can buy the beers direct from their brewery at 50 Zamora Street, Paraiso, 2300 Tarlac City, Tarlac. Beers are also available at Jack Meets Kaldi specialty coffee shop in San Vicente Tarlac and Gourmet Alley in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
- Facebook: The Laughing Carabao Craft Beers
- Contact number: 0998-9511345
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
PINATUBO CRAFT BEER
Angeles City, Pampanga
Pinatubo Craft Beer is the first and only craft beer microbrewery in Angeles City, Pampanga. Pampanga is one of three provinces (the others are Zambales and Tarlac) where Mt. Pinatubo, one of the most destructive volcanoes in the Philippines, is geographically located.
Founded in 2015, Pinatubo Craft beer is brewed by Filipinos under German consultancy who manage Pinatubo Craft Brewery, a bar in Angeles City where you can also enjoy authentic German dishes. All beer variants are brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law.
Beer variants: Pinatubo Craft Dark Angel, Pinatubo Craft Crown Lager, Pinatubo Craft Golden Nectar, Pinatubo Craft Twister Ale, Pinatubo Craft Sunrise Wheat, Pinatubo Craft Brainstorm IPA, Magma Bock
Where to try Pinatubo Craft Beer: Pinatubo Craft Brewery is located at 355 Yukon Street, Riverside Sub., Friendship, Angeles City (near Clark). In Manila, the beer is available at Fred’s Revolucion and Habanero Kitchen Bar in in Cubao X, Sigs Smokehouse in Maginhawa and Food Centrale Park (beside PureGold Kalayaan) on Malamig Street, Quezon City.
- Website: http://www.bierkueche-angeles.com/
- Facebook: Pinatubo Craft Beer
- Contact number: 0918-5089577
- Email: email@example.com
BALER BREWING CO.
Baler, the capitol town of Aurora province, is known for its rich history and for being a surfer’s paradise. There are numerous surf shops situated along Sabang beach catering to the novice and the seasoned surfer. One of these shops is Charlie Does, named after the memorable line “Charlie don’t surf” in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now, which was filmed in Baler.
It’s also here where you can get a taste of Aurora’s first craft beer. Launched in February 2016, Baler Brewing Co. currently serves their signature Baler Brew, a Honey Wheat Beer on draft.
Beer variants: Baler Brew Honey Wheat Beer
Where to try Baler Brewing Co.’s beer: Charlie Does is located on Buton Street (Cor. Alley 1), Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora. Charlie Does Manila, 3rd Floor, Languages Internationale Bldg, Arnaiz Avenue, Makati.
- Website: www.charliedoes.com
- Facebook: Baler Brewing Co.
- Contact number: 0908-8692985
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CERVEZA SAGADA CRAFT BREWERY
Sagada, Mountain Province
Sagada is a town in the Mountain Province, one of the provinces in the Cordillera Region in the Northern Philippines popular with backpackers and adventure enthusiasts. Cerveza Sagada is Sagada’s first homemade craft beer available in Sagada Cellar Door, which sells imported wine and beer brands aside from the homemade craft beer. The beers use local ingredients from the Cordillera region. Gusi Violet Ale with balantinao uses Mountain Province black rice while Alig Wheat Ale is flavored with wild sunflower honey and orange zest.
Behind the brewery is Andrew Chinalpan Jr., a triathlete and champion adventure racer from the Mountain Province and Bing Clemente. Aside from managing Sagada Cellar Door, they also run Epic Adventure Travel, a tour agency for extreme adventures like paragliding, rafting, mountain biking and trail running.
Beer variants: Alig, Gusi, Tumok, Kapi, Amber, IS, WB, Porter
Where to try Cerveza Sagada: Sagada Cellar Door in Sagada (open from 4 pm – 9 pm). Some bottled variants are available at The Bottle Shop in The Fort and Magallanes and Beerhouse in Kapitolyo, Pasig.
- Address: Sagada Cellar Door, Wine Cellar and Beer Bar, Lallalai, Sagada (right above Sagada Pottery), Mountain Province, Philippines.
- Website: http://epicadventuretravel.webs.com/food-beverage
- Facebook: Cerveza Sagada Craft Brewery
- Contact numbers: SMART – 0918-9428506, Globe: 0917-5541345, Sun – 0932-8852428.
BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY
Formally launched in June 2014, Baguio Craft Brewery is a Baguio-based brewery that serves a wide range of fresh, handcrafted beers. Their flagship line of Mythic Beers was inspired by the Five Realms of Ifugao Mythology (Earthworld, Skyworld, Underworld, Easternworld, and Westernworld).
There are six people behind this microbrewery: Chris Ordas, Ryan Garcia, Mico Cortez, Michael Anderson, Alex Basa and Arnold Miguel.
Beer variants: Pugaw India Pale Ale, Dalom Brown Ale, Daya Lager, Lagud Strawberry Beer, Kabunyan Wheat Beer, Zigzagger, Englishman in New York, Message in a Bottle, Kraken Baltic Porter, Rolling Fog Wheat Ale, Ida raspberry Beer, RIPE Passion Fruit Beer
Where to try Baguio Craft beers: The Tasting Room at Baguio Craft Brewery is located in RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway, Km 4 (Ben Palispis Highway), Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines. Their second branch is located in Harbor Point, Subic. Some beers are also available in Metro Manila at The Perfect Pint, Big Bad Wolf, The Bottle Shop, Global Beer Exchange, Sugar Ray’s, and Los Indios Bravos Boracay and SIGS Smokehouse in Maginhawa..
CRAZY CARABAO BREWING COMPANY (CCB)
Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Crazy Carabao Brewing Co. (CCB) aims to deliver the freshest and finest locally made boutique beers to quality establishments throughout Metro Manila and beyond. I love the design and packaging of their four flagship beers which are inspired by Philippine culture.
Launched in late 2015, the Crazy Carabao Brewery has a state of the art facility with a capacity of 2000 Ltr per brew (20HL), which can be found in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
READ MORE: Crazy Carabao Brewing Company
Beer variants: Tarsier Wheat Beer, Kalinga Kolsch, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale, Exit Wounds IPA, Lapu Lapu Lager
Where to try Crazy Carabao Beers: Crazy Carabao Brewery is located in Lot 5 Bldg. 14 Daystar Sta. Rosa Industrial Park, Pulong Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa Laguna. Bottled beers are available in Global Beer Exchange’s The Bottle Shop in The Fort and Magallanes, Coral Beach Club, Matabungkay, The Bar at Peninsula Manila, S & R and Merkanto International Street Food.
- Website: www.crazycarabao.com
- Facebook: Crazy Carabao Brewing Co.
- For more information on how to order, please contact Brad Hannam – 0917-8420969 or Odell Lim – 0917-5207350
San Pedro, Laguna
Founded in 2014, Pedro Brewcrafters is a microbrewery in San Pedro, Laguna that is a product of weekend brewing sessions which became a business among friends. The people behind the beer include: Jill Borja, Jaime Fanlo, Nadine Howell–Fanlo, and Rochee de Leon.
Beer variants: Endless Summer Wheat Ale, Procrastination Pale Ale, Elementary, English Ale, Wandering Wonderer IPA, Gateway Dry-Hopped Lager, Mango Cream Ale, Spiced Pineapple Ale
Where to try Pedro: Pedro beers are available at Bar Pintxos (Muntinlupa), The Bottle Shop and The Perfect Pint (Fort Bonifacio), The Belle & Dragon, The Bottle Shop at Magallanes, Smoky Bastard at Hole in the Wall, Z Hostel in Poblacion, and Backyard Kitchen + Brew in UP Town Center and some branches of Family Mart. You can also order bottles online from The Green Grocer. [View BEER LOCATOR here.]
- Website: www.pedrobrewcrafters.com
- Facebook: Pedro Brewcrafters
- Twitter: @Pedrobrewcraft
- Instagram: @Pedrobrewcrafters
- Email: email@example.com
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Palawan is an island province in the Philippines, known for its beautiful beaches and natural attractions, including rich coral reefs for diving and an Underground River. Founded in 2013, Palaweño Brewery is “the Last Frontier’s” first and only craft beer. It’s also made by the first female craft beer brewers in the Philippines!
The brains behind the beer are Malu Lauengco and Ayah Javier, who lived in San Diego for more than 4 years when the craft beer craze hit the area. In 2012, she came back to the Philippines with an idea and homebrewer’s starter kit and the brewery was born. Their line of craft beers are named “Ayahay” which means relaxed, which captures the laid-back style of the island and the beers.
Beer variants: Ambog Ale (American Amber Ale), Palawan Wit Belgian Wheat Beer, Palaw’an Honey Kolsch, Ayahay IPA, Hunter Honey Nut Brown Ale, Mango de Palawan (seasonal)
Where to try beers from Palaweno Brewery: I got to sample one of their beers at The Perfect Pint in BGC. They are currently offering a Microbrewery Tour in their bar in Palawan, which is the main reason I want to go back to Puerto Princesa! The beer is also sold in bottles in several establishments in Palawan and Metro Manila, including Global Beer Exchange’s The Bottle Shop and Gilmore Wines & Spirits.
- Address: 82 Manalo Street, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines 5300.
- Website: www.palawenobrewery.com
- Facebook: Palaweno Brewery
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iloilo City, Iloilo
Brewery Gastropub is the first bar in Iloilo City that offers a wide selection of imported and local craft beers including a few in-house brews.
Beer Variants: Iloilo Pale Ale, Dinagyang Pale Ale
Where to try: Pison Avenue San Rafael St., 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines
Cebu City, Cebu
The Cebruery is a Cebu-based brewery that launched in 2014 specializing in “artisanal, uncompromising, and innovative products – just the way beer should be.” I really like the minimalist labels which remind me of vintage vacation posters and the distinctly Filipino twist of their beer’s core series.
The Cebruery is owned and operated by Taylor and Toni Marie Despojo.
Beer variants: Boracay Blonde Ale, People Power Pale Ale, Dumaguete Dubbel, Chocolate Hills Porter, Guimaras Gose, Las Islas Pilipinas Pale Ale
The Cebruery’s new style of beer labels
Where to try The Cebruery Beers: The Cebruery’s brewery is located in Mandaue City, Cebu. They are open for site visits on reservation basis only with mixed packs available for sale on-site. The beers are also available in a number of restaurants in Cebu including Carnivore at The Gallery, Irie Gastropubliko at I.T. Park, La Vie Parisienne in Gorordo Avenue, Maya’s Native Garden in Moalboal and The Monastery in Lahug as well as Kawayan Bistro, a private bistro in Guimaras and Coco Loco, a bar in Anda, Bohol.
READ MORE: Craft Beer in Bohol: Coco Loco at Anda Beach
In Metro Manila, I spotted some bottled variants for sale at Mr. Delicious at Hole in the Wall, Century Mall, Makati. The beers are available in The Bottle Shop in Makati, Alchemy Bistro Bar in Makati, The Perfect Pint in Taguig and Bar Pintxos in Muntinlupa and Beerhouse Kapitolyo. [View Beer Locator here]
- Address: Cebruery Artisanal Ales and Lagers, P.J.Burgos, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines
- Website: http://thecebruery.com/
- Facebook: The Cebruery
- Instagram: @TheCebruery
- Twitter: @TheCebruery
- Email: email@example.com
TURNING WHEELS CRAFT BREWERY
Cebu City, Cebu
Founded in February 2014 in Cebu City, Turning Wheels Craft Brewery is Cebu’s first craft beer. The microbrewery specializes in handcrafted American style ales using local and imported all natural ingredients.
The founder and master brewer behind Turning Wheels is Michael Nikkel, an avid mountain biker based in Cebu City. Like its name and logo, the beers have distinctively cycling-themed names.
Beer variants: Derailed IPA, Skyline White IPA, Single Track IPA, Turning Point Double IPA, Single Speed Imperial Stout
Where to try Turning Wheels Craft beer: I got to try their beer sampler at Irie Gastropubliko in Cebu City, during a work trip. Amazing stuff! Irie Gastropubliko is located in Cebu IT Park. G/F Skyrise 4 Building, West Geonzon Street, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines. Turning Wheels is also available on tap at The Perfect Pint in BGC and at Global Beer Exchange Bottle Shop in Magallanes and The Fort.
NEGROS ISLAND CRAFT BREWING CO.
Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Home to the most of the country’s sugar plantations, Negros Island is known as the “Sugarbowl of the Philippines.” Thus, it’s fitting that the beers make use of organic Negrense muscovado sugar and pure Negros spring water. Their flagship brew is Bogsbrew, which is one of the first craft beers in the Philippines.
Behind the brewery is Bacolod-based Felix “Bogs” Hagad, an architect and long-time homebrewer, who started brewing commercially in 2007, years before craft beer boomed in the country.
Beer variants: Bogsbrew, Primo, Kawayan Ale, Xmas Oatmeal Porter, Negros Pale Ale
Where to try Bogsbrew: Bogsbrew beers are available in CAB Cafe in Kapitolyo and Cubao (Manhattan Parkway, Araneta Center), Global Beer Exchange and Gilmore Wines & Spirits and Penpen’s in Cubao X. I also got to sample Kawayan Ale in Cafe Bob’s Deli Shop during a trip to Bacolod City. Cafe Bob’s Deli Shop, 21st Street, cor. Lacson Street, Bacolod City.
FAT PAULY’S HAND-CRAFTED ALES & LAGERS
Iligan City, Lanao del Norte
Fat Pauly’s Hand-crafted Ales & Lagers is a homegrown craft brewery from Iligan that promises to inebriate you in style.
Fat Pauly’s is brewed by Paul Stuart del Rosario, who uses the finest imported brew grade malt as well as some local indigenous ingredients like Timoga Spring waters and wild Putyukan Honey to make fresh home-brewed beers. Fat Pauly’s has the widest selections of local craft beer to date, with at least 20 different styles, each with a distinct flavor profile.
Beer variants: Ilaya Pale Ale , Desert Rose, Lumad Strong Lager, Mont Lelong Smoked Mocha Porter, Smashin’ Pumpkin, Maharlika Kayumanggi Ale, Iligan Single Hop Origin Pale Ale, Zamboanga White
Where to try it: I sampled a lot of Fat Pauly’s variants at Barley Gastropub, Sgt., Esguerra cor Sct. Bayoran, Quezon City (now closed). Fat Pauly’s is available at Global Beer Exchange, Gilmore Wines & Spirits and Tweedle Book Cafe in Quezon City.
Had a rare chance to meet & interview Pauly himself at Barley Gastropub! Check out my article “Revolution a-brewing” for VERA Files/Yahoo! News Philippines.
OTHER PHILIPPINE-BASED BREWERIES: (will update once I’ve tried them out)*
- Manila Mashers (Homebrew)
- Blackwhite Craft Brewery (Batangas)
- Jeepney Brewing Co. (Makati)
- Monkey Eagle Brewery (Makati)
- Illusion Brewery (Bacolod City)
- Black Hart Brewery (Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental)
- Desert Fathers Brewing Co.
Alamat Filipino Pub + Deli in Poblacion serves a curated selection of Filipino craft beers on tap.
WHERE TO FIND LOCAL CRAFT BEER IN MANILA:
- Global Beer Exchange’s The Bottle Shop. Paseo de Magallanes & The Fort. Facebook page: Global Beer Exchange
- The Perfect Pint: Craft Beer + Fine Food. 2nd Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd St, Taguig
- Gilmore Wines and Spirits, #17 Gilmore Ave. cor. 1st street, New Manila, Quezon City.
- Alamat Filipino Pub + Deli. 2/F 5666 Don Pedro St., Barangay Poblacion, Makati
- Hole in the Wall. Century City Mall, Makati.
- Beerhouse Kapitolyo. Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig.
- B & B Burgers & Brewskies. Estancia, Capitol Commons, Pasig and Burgos Circle, BGC.
- Ritual, Unit A, The Collective, 7424 Malugay Street, San Antonio, Makati. Tel. No. 4004326
- Sa Kanto by Il Ponticello, G/F The Podium, 12 ADB Avenue, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila.
- Niner Ichi Nana, Taguig
- The Hungry Hound Gastropub, Bonifacio Global City
- CAB Café, 18 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
- Merkanto: International Street Food, Mayaman Street, Quezon City.
- Sugar Ray’s Sports Pub & Restaurant. Fisher Mall, Quezon City.
- Brewery Gastropub, Pison Avenue San Rafael St., 5000 Iloilo City.
- Check out the brewers individual Facebook pages on bars that carry their beers.