Craft Beers in the Philippines

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 at least 36 local breweries: 12 Craft Brewpubs and 24 Nano / Microbreweries with over 250+ Craft Beer Styles in the Philippines.

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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. Here’s where you can find them by geographical location or where they originated (NOTE: List updated as of December 1, 2017 with new beers sold during the MNL Craft Beer Festival):

LUZON

  • Baguio Craft Brewery, Baguio
  • Baler Brewing Co., Baler
  • Blackwhite Craft Brewery, Batangas
  • Bulul Brewery, Pampanga
  • Cerveza Sagada Craft Brewery, Sagada
  • Crazy Carabao Brewing Co., Laguna
  • Desert Fathers Brewing Co., Cavite
  • Great Islands Craft Brewery, Cavite
  • Ibalon Craft Brew, Naga City
  • Palaweno Brewery, Palawan
  • Pedro Craft Brewers, Laguna
  • Santiago Beer & Malthouse, Antipolo
  • The Laughing Carabao Craft Brewers, Tarlac

BAGUIO CRAFT BREWERY (Baguio City)

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: Pugaw India Pale Ale, Dalom Brown Ale, Daya Lager, Lagud Strawberry Beer and Kabunyan Wheat Beer.

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Where to try it: The Tasting Room at Baguio Craft Brewery, RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway, Km 4 (Ben Palispis Highway), Baguio City, Benguet, Philippines. Facebook: Baguio Craft Brewery

BALER BREWING CO. (Baler, Aurora)

Baler Brewing Co. was founded in 2015 by two beer loving neighbors Glen and Joe with the aim of bringing good beer to the beach. Their signature Baler Brew is a Honey Wheat Beer.

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Where to try it: Baler Brewing Co. is located inside Charlie Does on Buton Street (Cor. Alley 1), Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora (behind Costa Pacifica). www.charliedoes.com

BLACKWHITE CRAFT BREWERY (Batangas)

Blackwhite Craft Brewery is the first and only craft brewery in the province of Batangas. Inspired by the DIY ethos of Hardcore Punk, Blackwhite Craft Brewery goes against the grain and creates an artisanal beer that is 100% vegan.

Where to try it: Dreamland Arts & Crafts Cafe, Mabini, Batangas. Facebook: Blackwhite Craft Brewery

BULUL BREWERY (Pampanga)

Bulul Bewery started as a homebrewing company and officially launched in October 2016. Their brewery is based in San Fernando, Pampanga. 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. Beer variants include Wheat Ale, Brown Man Ale, Honey Ale, Kudeta IPA, Trigo, Vanilla Bourbon, Pumpkin.

Where to try it: Bulul Brewery is based in San Fernando, Pampanga but is also sold in various beers around the metro like Beerhouse Kapitolyo, Spektral Beer Lounge & Backyard Kitchen + Brew.  Facebook: Bulul Brewery

CERVEZA SAGADA CRAFT BREWERY (Sagada, Mt. Province)

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 (Alig, Gusi, Tumok, Kapi, Amber, IS, WB, Porter) 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.

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Where to try it: Sagada Cellar Door, Wine Cellar and Beer Bar, Lallalai, Sagada (right above Sagada Pottery), Mountain Province, Philippines. Facebook: Cerveza Sagada Craft Brewery

CRAZY CARABAO BREWING COMPANY (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. Beer variants include Tarsier Wheat Beer, Kalinga Kolsch, Tuff Tuko Pale Ale, Exit Wounds IPA and Lapu Lapu Lager.

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Where to try it: Crazy Carabao Brewery is located at Lot 5 Bldg. 14 Daystar Sta. Rosa Industrial Park, Pulong Sta. Cruz, Sta. Rosa Laguna. www.crazycarabao.com

DESERT FATHERS BREWING CO. (Cavite)

Desert Fathers is a sustainable local brewery based in Cavite committed to producing the highest quality of handcrafted beer. Classic beers include Abbey Ale, St. Patrick’s Porter, Farmer’s Ale and Monk’s Ale. Seasonal ales include Bignay Pale Ale, Langka Pale Ale, Mango Pale Ale and Pineapple Pale Ale.

Where to try it: The Weekend Farmer (a 1.6 hectare organic farm in Alfonso, Cavite). Facebook: Desert Father’s Brewing Co.

GREAT ISLANDS CRAFT BREWERY

Great Islands Craft Brewery was born in early 2009 with the goal of making world class beers with local aromas, flavors, and personality. This microbrewery produces a line of culture-themed beers using local Filipino ingredients and flavors. Some beers include Pearl of the Orient Filipino Pale Ale, 7107 City Ale, Bicol Express Wild Chilli Ale, Sinturon ni Hudas Ginger Chilli Beer, Puto Bumbong Ale and Halo-Halo Ale.

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Where to try it: Great Islands Craft Brewery, 9030 Aguinaldo Highway, Barangay Anabu, Imus, Cavite. Beers are also sold in Gilmore Wines & Spirits, 17 Gilmore Avenue, 1112 New Manila, Quezon City, Philippines. Facebook: Great Islands

IBALON CRAFT BREW (Naga City, Camarines Sur)

Ibalon Craft Brew is introducing to Naga City the first and only home-brewed craft beers in Bicol. Living the spirit of the Bicolano myth Ibalon, they offer home-brewed craft beer brewed infused with local ingredients. Beers are named after the characters in the Ibalong Bicol epic: Handiong, Baltog, Bantong and Oriol. They offer 4 flavors (Sili Beer, Pale Ale, IPA and Coffee Chocolate Stout).

 

Where to try it: Ibalon Craft Brew (across Villa Caceres Hotel and beside Red Cactus), Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, Camarines Sur. Website: Ibalon Craft Brew

PALAWENO BREWERY (Puerto Princesa, Palawan)

Founded in 2013, Palaweño Brewery is Palawan’s first and only craft beer. It’s also the first female-led craft brewery in the Philippines. 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 include 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 it: Palaweno Brewery’s Tap Room. 82 Manalo Street, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines 5300. www.palawenobrewery.com

PEDRO BREWCRAFTERS (San Pedro, Laguna)

Founded in 2014, Pedro Brewcrafters is a microbrewery proudly brewed in San Pedro City, Laguna that is a product of weekend brewing sessions which became a business among friends. Flagship beers include Endless Summer Wheat Ale, Procrastination Pale Ale, Elementary, English Ale and Wandering Wonderer IPA.

Where to try it: Pedro Brewcrafters, 69 B, A. Mabini Street, Barangay, San Antonio, San Pedro City, Laguna, Philippines. View BEER LOCATOR here. Website: www.pedrobrewcrafters.com

PINATUBO CRAFT BREWERY (Pampanga)

Pinatubo Craft Brewery is the first craft beer microbrewery in Angeles City, Pampanga founded in 2015. All beer variants are brewed according to the German Beer Purity Law. Beer variants include Pinatubo Craft Dark Angel, Pinatubo Craft Crown Lager, Pinatubo Craft Golden Nectar, Pinatubo Craft Twister Ale, Pinatubo Craft Sunrise Wheat, Pinatubo Craft Brainstorm IPA and Magma Bock.

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Where to try it: Pinatubo Craft Brewery. 355 Yukon Street, Riverside Sub., Friendship, Angeles City (near Clark). http://www.bierkueche-angeles.com/

SANTIAGO BREWERY & MALTHOUSE (Antipolo)

A brewery found in the mountains of Antipolo, Rizal. Santiago Brewery takes pride in brewing with their own malts, locally malted by their own malting division. Their beer lineup includes Habagat Red Ale, Buhawi Imperial Stout, Ipu-Ipu Indian Pale Ale and Amihan Pale Ale.

Where to try it: Coming soon to Antipolo

THE LAUGHING CARABAO (Tarlac)

The Laughing Carabao Brewery is Tarlac’s first Craft Brewery with a line of beers highlighting local agricultural products. Beer variants include White Mango Ale (using mangoes harvested from farmyards of Bamban, Tarlac), Inuruban Pale Ale (inspired by a local delicacy made of sticky rice, young coconut and sugar) and Coconut Stout.

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Where to try it: 50 Zamora Street, Paraiso, 2300 Tarlac City, Tarlac. You can also order beers online through their shop: https://tlcbrewph.com/shop/

VISAYAS

  • ABC Craft Beers, Siquijor
  • Brewery Gastropub, Iloilo
  • Cebu Beer Factory, Cebu
  • Cebu Brewing Co., Cebu
  • Illusion Brewing, Bacolod
  • Negros Island Craft Brewing, Bacolod
  • The Cebruery, Cebu
  • Turning Wheels, Cebu

ABC CRAFT BEERS (Siquijor)

ABC Craft Beers is Siquijor’s first and only craft beer brewer, producing three types of beers: American Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale and Belgium Blonde Ale.

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Where to find it: Baha Bar and Republika Bar, Maite, San Juan, Siquijor. Facebook: ABC Craft Beer

BREWERY GASTROPUB (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 like Iloilo Pale Ale and Dinagyang Pale Ale. They also have branches in Bacolod and Cebu.

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Where to try it: Brewery Gastropub Iloilo. Pison Avenue San Rafael St., 5000 Iloilo City, Philippines. Facebook: Brewery Gastropub

CEBU BEER FACTORY (Cebu)

Cebu Beer Factory aims to make accessible premium French recipes for the price of a local product manufactured in the Philippines. The 4 main beer variants include White Lady Classic Wheat Beer, Green Donkey Very Strong Beer, Buddha Beer and Black for Men Strong Dark Beer. They also have flavored beers in novel flavors like Tiramisu, English Marmalade, Grapefruit, Raspberry and Caramel, to name a few.

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Where to try it: Cebu Beer Factory. 976 Veterans Drive, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines. View beer locator here

CEBU BREWING COMPANY (Cebu)

Cebu Brewing Company offers hand-crafted beer blending 93% of Cebu’s perfect brewing water with the high quality ingredients. They have a Philippine IPA and interesting beers like Mango Ale (using Cebu’s famous mango), Coconut Ale, Calamansi Ale, to name a few.

Where to try it: Cebu Brewing Co. Taproom, Crossroads, Banilad Cebu City, Cebu 6000 Philippines. www.cebubrewing.com

ILLUSION BREWERY (Bacolod City)

Illusion Brewery is a line of gourmet beers inspired by magic that you can get on tap at The Trapdoor, the Philippine’s first magic-themed pub located in Bacolod City. Their flagship Pale Ale and Cream of Smiles Cream Ale, a light tasting beer but with a hint of vanilla. Other beers variants include Stout Drakula, Bullet Catch, Saludo, Nothing Spectacular and Card Catcher.

Where to try it: Illusion Brewery. The Trap Door Tasting Room. 22nd Street, Bacolod City. Facebook: Illusion Brewery

NEGROS ISLAND CRAFT BREWING CO. (Bacolod City)

Negros Island Craft Brewing is one of the the first craft beer brewers 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 are Bogsbrew, Primo, Kawayan Ale, Xmas Oatmeal Porter and Negros Pale Ale.

Where to try it: Cafe Bob’s Deli Shop, 21st Street, cor. Lacson Street, Bacolod City. Bogsbrew beers are also available in CAB Cafe in Kapitolyo and Cubao (Manhattan Parkway, Araneta Center). Facebook: Bogsbrew Craft Beer

THE CEBRUERY (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.” Beer variants include Boracay Blonde Ale, People Power Pale Ale, Dumaguete Dubbel, Chocolate Hills Porter, Guimaras Gose and Las Islas Pilipinas Pale Ale.

Where to try it: Cebruery Artisanal Ales and Lagers, P.J.Burgos, Mandaue City, Cebu, Philippines. View Beer Locator here. http://thecebruery.com/

TURNING WHEELS CRAFT BREWERY (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. Beers have distinctively cycling-themed names like Derailed IPA, Skyline White IPA, Single Track IPA, Turning Point Double IPA, Single Speed Imperial Stout

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Where to try it: Irie Gastropubliko. Cebu IT Park. G/F Skyrise 4 Building, West Geonzon Street, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu, Philippines. Facebook: Turning Wheels Craft Brewery

MINDANAO

FAT PAULY’S HAND-CRAFTED ALES & LAGERS (Iligan City)

Fat Pauly’s Hand-crafted Ales & Lagers is a proud local brand that makes fresh home-brewed beers using both the finest imported brew grade malt and some local indegenous ingredients such as Timoga Spring waters, and wild Putyukan Honey. Beer variants include 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. It’s currently the only craft brewery from Mindanao.

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Where to try it: Fat Pauly’s Brewery is located within the Suka Pinakurat Factory, Purok 3, Pugaan, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte. Facebook: Fat Pauly’s Handcrafted Ales & Lagers

NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION (NCR) / METRO MANILA / HOMEBREWS

  • Alamat Craft Brew
  • Beer Bros.
  • BelAle
  • Boondocks Brewing
  • Brewery at the Palace
  • Craftpoint Brewing Co
  • Crow’s Craft
  • Engkanto
  • Great Islands Craft Brewery
  • GPOint
  • Joe’s Brew
  • Juan Brew
  • Kapitolyo Brewing Co.
  • Katipunan Craft Ales.
  • Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery
  • Munting Ilog Craft Brew
  • Nipa Brew
  • Sikatuna
  • The Professor’s Brew
  • Pivo Praha
  • 63 North Brewing

ALAMAT CRAFT BREW

Alamat Craft Brew is a limited batch craft brewery based in Quezon City with beers inspired by Filipino Folklore and Mythological Characters and creatures. Beer variants include Balete Pale Ale, Ansisit Session IPA and Kapre Roasted IPA (Limited Edition) to name a few.

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Where to try it: The Bottle Shop Fort & Magallanes and Tweedle Book Cafe in Quezon City. 106B Sct. Gandia St, Diliman, Quezon City. Soon to open in Marikina. Facebook: Alamat Craft Brew

BEER BROS. CRAFT BREWING CO.

Inspired by arcade gaming, Beer Bros Craft Brewing Co. aims to make drinking fun by concocting excellent craft beer inspired by fun, enthusiasm, and passion. Their flagship beer is Lifeward Pale Ale.

Where to try it: 1137 Craig Street, Sampaloc, Quezon City, Philippines. Facebook: Beer Bros Craft Brewing Co.

BELALE INC.

Belale Inc. is a Belgian Company that brews and distributes Belgian Craft Beers in the Philippines. Beer variants include Gold, Amber, Tripel and Kriek Cherry Beer.

Where to try it: 29 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque. They deliver boxes within Metro Manila. Facebook: BelAle Inc.

BOONDOCKS BREWING

Filipinos will always be proud of their country which is even if they are in a far away land they will always come back home. Find your way home with freshly brewed craft beer from Boondocks Brewing!

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Where to try it: Have seen this being served in Locavore in Kapitolyo.

THE BREWERY AT THE PALACE

The Brewery aT the Palace is a bar and restaurant in Bonifacio Global City that serves in-store brewed beer and flavorful bar chows. Beer variants include IPA, Weissbier, Pilsner, Fighting Irish Red Oak Ale and Uptown Ale.

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Where to try it: 10th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Parade, Bonifacio Global City, 1630 Taguig, Philippines.

CRAFTPOINT BREWING COMPANY

Craftpoint Brewing Company is one of the first Manila-based craft breweries founded with the shared passion of creating innovative but delicious beers. 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 include Summer Sessions Blond Ale, Liberation Pale Ale, Revolution Belgian IPA and Summer Passion Blond Ale.

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Where to try it: View beer locator here. Craftpoint beers are available on tap at Curious Creatures Taproom, MacArthur National Highway, Barangay Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union. Facebook: Craftpoint Brewing Co.

CROW’S CRAFT BREWING COMPANY

A limited batch brewing company that aims to provide consumers with high-quality craft beer. Non-conformist and only true to itself. Beer variants include 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.

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Where to find it: Beers are available at The Bottle Shop Fort & Magallanes and Bar Pintxos Tapas bar in Alabang. Facebook: Crow’s Craft Brewing Co.

ENGKANTO BREWERY

Engkanto Brewery aims to bring back forgotten Philippine folklore into the daily lives of the modern Filipino with their line of high-quality craft beers that fit the average Filipino’s palate and pocket. Beer variants include Lager, Blonde, Pale, IPA, Double IPA, stout with coconut and dalandan ale.

Where to try it: Polilya, 5658 Jacobo Street, Corner Don Pedro, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila. http://www.engkantobrewery.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. 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 include Black Bitch Scottish Porter, Pirate IPA, Wild Ride, Bumpy Butt Single Malt Ale, Hippy Cider Ale.

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Where to try it: GPoint Smorgasbord & Bar, 510 Padre Faura, Manila, Philippines. Facebook: G Point Bars

JOE’S BREW

Joe’s Brew is a home grown, family run business that started in 2014. The company looks to foster a bigger appreciation for craft beer in the Philippines. Beer variants include Fish Rider Pale Ale, Sierra Madre Wheat Ale, 34th Pursuit IPA, Soothsayer Pale Ale, Sunsweeper Double IPA, Meet Joe Black and Poblacion Common.

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Where to try it: House of Joe’s, 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati. Facebook: Joe’s Brew

JUAN BREW

Juan Brew is the first fully solar-powered craft beer brewery in Southeast Asia. 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 include Juan Brew Pale Ale, Juan Brew India Pale Ale, Juan Brew Bavarian Wheat Ale and Juan Brew Dry Stout.juan brew craft beer philippines pale ale bavarian

Where to try it: Juan Brew, Lietz Industrial Complex, Edison Avenue (P. Leviste), KM 14 SLEX, 1709 Parañaque City, Metro Manila, Philippines. http://juanbrew.com

KAPITOLYO BREWING COMPANY

Kapitolyo Brewing Company is a brewery located in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City that produces unique styles of beer in small batches for the local market. 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.

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Where to try it: BeerHouse Kapitolyo, Dual Star Building, Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City (right beside Ace Water Spa). Facebook: Kapitolyo Brewing Company

KATIPUNAN CRAFT ALES

Katipunan Craft are 4 Ateneo High School classmates who met in 1998, who started in a home-brewing set-up in Katipunan Ave. They celebrate classic beer recipes with a local flaor, 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 include Indio Pale Ale, Signal 1 Stout, 1 Porter Road, Dear Fred, Weizenburg, Three Hops and a Hop IPA.

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Where to try it:  View beer locator here. Facebook: Katipunan Craft Ales

MITCHELL’S BACKYARD BREWERY

Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery focuses on serving fresh, delicious, and honestly brewed craft beer that will appeal to both casual drinkers and beer geeks alike. Their beer line-up includes Hoptoberfest, Honey Wheat, Citrus IPA, Belgian Wheat, Mocha Stout and a seasonal Christmas Beer.

Where to try it: Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery beers are available in all branches of Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza (Katipunan Ave., Salcedo Village, The Podium and Serendra). Facebook: Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery

MUNTING ILOG CRAFT BREW

Artisanal small batch craft brewery Munting Ilog Craft BRewery, like many breweries grew from the love of beer.

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NIPA BREW CRAFT BEERS

Nipa Brew Craft Beers are all about adventure, with the brewers daring to find new flavors and new experiences both in life and in beer. Their beer line-up includes Tropic Haze, Sun Stoked, Bliss Point, Midnight Blur and Drop Zone.

Where to try it: Blue Rocket Kitchen + Cafe, 79 Scout Reyes corner Scout Lozano, Bgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City. View beer locator here. www.nipabrew.com.

THE PROFESSOR’S BREW

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 include Brown Ale, IPA and Chocolate Chili Porter. 

Where to try it: Blue Rocket Kitchen + Cafe, 79 Scout Reyes corner Scout Lozano, Bgy. Paligsahan, Quezon City. Facebook: The Professor’s Brew

PIVO PRAHA

Privo Praha is a microbrewery based in Makati, Philippines which brews beers using 100% pure malt and fresh Czech hops. Beer variants are Classic, Dark Beer, German Weizen and Czech Light.

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Where to try it: Bravo Sports Bar and Pivo Praha Microbewery, 1331 Angono Street; Makati (across Makati City Hall). Facebook: Pivo Praha

SIKATUNA CRAFT BREWERY

Sikatuna Craft Brewery brews some of the finest craft beer by drawing inspiration from the rich culture and history of Filipinos. Their dedication to brewing only the finest pints is rooted in the rich history of their namesake. Datu Sikatuna granted Miguel Lopez de Legaspi the honor of a blood compact to seal a relationship with the world. Beer variants include Sikatuna American IPA, Oatmeal Stout and Extra Special Bitter.

Where to try it: Currently operating in a home brew set-up. I’ve been able to buy bottles of this at Beerhouse Kapitolyo and beer events. 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. They’re a sister company of Baler Brewing Co. Beer variants include Cloudrunner, Green Mango Gose, English Special Bitter and 63 North American.

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Where to try it: Facebook: 63 North Brewing Co.

NOTE: This is an evolving list. I’m trying my best to keep the information up to date (but it’s so hard to keep track of all the new brewers). Please like the Philippine Craft Beer Community on Facebook for the latest updates on the craft beer scene in the country. Also check out Craft Beer Asia: Philippines

Here’s list of the local craft beer brewers in the Philippines in alphabetical order for easier tracking.

  • ABC Craft Beers
  • Alamat Craft Brew
  • Baguio Craft Brewery
  • Baler Brewing Co.
  • BelAle
  • Beer Bros. Craft Brewing Co.
  • Black Hart Brewery
  • Blackwhite Craft Brewery
  • Boondocks Brewing Co.
  • Bogsbrew Craft Beer
  • Bulul Brewery
  • Cebu Beer Factory
  • Cebu Brewing Co.
  • Cerveza Sagada Craft Brewery
  • Craft Revolt
  • Craftpoint Brewing Co.
  • Crazy Carabao Brewing Co.
  • Crows Craft Brewing Co.
  • Desert Fathers Brewing Co.
  • Engkanto Brewery
  • Fat Pauly’s Hand-crafted Ales & Lagers
  • Great Islands Craft Brewery
  • Ibalon Craft Brew
  • Illusion Brewery
  • Isarog Brewing Co.
  • Jeepney Brewing Company
  • Joe’s Brew
  • Juan Brew
  • Kapitolyo Brewing Company
  • Katipunan Craft Ales
  • Mitchell’s Backyard Brewery
  • Monkey Eagle Brewery
  • Munting Ilog Craft Brewery
  • Nipa Brew Craft Beers
  • Palaweño Brewery
  • Pedro Brewcrafters
  • Pinatubo Craft Beer
  • Pivo Praha
  • Sikatuna Craft Brewery
  • The Brewery At The Palace
  • The Cebruery
  • The Laughing Carabao Craftbeers
  • The Perfect Pint: Craft Beer + Fine Food
  • The Professor’s Brew
  • Turning Wheels
  • 63 North Brewing Company

83 thoughts on “Craft Beers in the Philippines

  1. When we dined at Penpen’s at Cubao X, Lauren ordered Bogsbrew. We shared the one bottle but still wasn’t able to down it all. Guess its new to our taste, but its interesting to have a drink at each of these craft beers.

    • Hi Tupe. Nakapag-uwi ako ng mga bote ng Katipunan Craft Ale at Pivo Praha (may extra deposit lang). Hindi ko pa na-try mag-uwi ng Bogsbrew/Primo pero pwede naman siguro. 🙂 Pwede rin mag-take out ng beers sa Distillery at Eastwood and Pivo Resto Bar in Ortigas. Complete collection at: http://goo.gl/UdC3z

  2. Hello!

    This is an awesome post. Very very helpful, interesting and educating all at the same time. I was wondering if you knew a way for me to contact owners/suppliers of Bogsbrew. Thank you!

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  4. Awesome that you bring these beers to the light. Hopefully the craft beer takeover will consume the dull flavors of san mig and asia brewery as commercial beers are in many other countries when microbreweries pop up.

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  6. I was thrilled to find your review!I I love craft beer! I haven’t been home to the Philippines in 5 years, coming home December 2014, I am preparing myself for eating and drinking coma. I am so happy to know we have started a craft beer revolution back home! I am using your blog to help me figure out what to do and where to take my family. Any suggestions too would be helpful!! Thank you!

    • Hi Cookie, great to hear from a fellow craft beer enthusiast. Eating and drinking coma sounds like a great plan 🙂 I’d highly recommend you take your family to Barley Gastropub and/or Global Beer Exchange since they have the widest selections of Pinoy craft beers (+ lots of imported brands) when you come home. There are a few more breweries that are opening soon, which I’ll be adding to the list as soon as I try them. Cheers!

      • more breweries?! That’s great! I live in New Jersey, an hour south to me is Philly and an hour north is NYC. Philly has a lot of breweries and I enjoy going my weekend brewery jaunts. If you get a chance to come here I will share with you places I have been too and enjoyed. I have recently had a chocolate peanut butter stout from DuClaw Brewery which is Maryland based, but this particular beer could be purchased in Philly, and its called Sweet Baby Jesus! LOL.. it was really good!

  7. Hello, My family from the U.S. is coming to Manila for 1 day in February. They like craft brew. Where should I take them? Any chance we can chat with brew masters? How can that be arranged?

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  13. Gokigenyou 🙂 I always check this blog out from time to time to get updated on the local craft beer movement and their products.

    I did some exploring and found that Gilmore Wines serves a variety of craft beers both locally and internationally. In relation to this post, I found Katipunan, Craft Point. Nipa and Great Islands beers in their lines. I only managed to try Great Islands’ POTO beer (as I also had to try international varieties) and I find it pretty hoppy and citrusy, and best taken with pulutan.

    I also found that CAB Cafe at Cubao serves Bogsbrew, and I found the Primo and Kawayan ale interesting and easy to drink.

    My elder sister also got some beer on tap at Baguio Craft Brewery and took home a Pugaw and a Message in a Bottle, with which we shared and enjoyed.

    All in all, I appreciate the growth of local craft beer – to the point that I’m dreaming of having a brewery of my own XD But creativity and time has its limits, so I’d stay with appreciations 🙂

    • Hi Julius, great to hear that there’s a CAB Cafe in Cubao! Did not know they had a branch there. Recently went to the one in Pasig just to get a bottle of Tropic Haze (which I added to the post). Will check out Gilmore Wines sometime as well to stock up on others I haven’t tried. Really interested to check out new line of beers from The Cebruery as well.

  14. Great article! Just wanted to let you know that Brewery Gastropub (it’s a restaurant, not an actual brewery) in Iloilo City has a large selection of local Philippine craft beers plus lots of imports. Fat Pauly’s beers, Bogs Brew, lots more. 3 draft beers, 2 are currently local beers. Contact me if you would like more specific information as I am a Seattle Washington beer geek who just moved here and I will be traveling to most areas in search of beer.

    • Hi John, wow thanks for that info! Will definitely check it out next time I head to Iloilo. I see you’ve already tried the 2 craft breweries from Cebu. Definitely recommend you visit Baguio (for Xavierbier) and Palawan (Palaweno Brewery) for a beer tour. And of course Global Beer Exchange in Magallanes and The Perfect Pint if you’re passing by Manila. Cheers! 🙂

  15. Snaps – sports bar in Sofitel Philippine Plaza used to have GPoint draft beers when I was there some 3 months ago. So worth checking if someone is near.

  16. I recently found and bought a bottle of Katipunan Craft and an interesting ginger ale at The Clean Plate in Trinoma while serving other organic food either on the go or dine-in. Hopefully they include other craft beers soon. 🙂

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    • You guys don’t drink beer? Why not?! Haha. Anyway, aside from the distinctive taste of craft beers compared to mass-produced beers, I really love the packaging and labels of these local brands. You can enjoy an aspect of Pinoy culture (and local ingredients/favors) through beer. 😀

  18. Found Crazy Carabao Beers at the Landmark in TriNoma earlier this day. Bought Tarsier and Kalinga to taste them. Will try Tuff Tuko and Exit Wounds on a later visit (hopefully stocks are available by then)

  19. Wow. I now have a one stop reference for a not-your-ordinary beer hunting. Wondering how you found and compiled these havens into an amazing post. It’s great! 😀

    • Hi DJ, it’s become an obsession :p Which reminds me, I have to update this post. Lots of new beers to try. Hard to keep up. In case you’re interested, there’s going to be a Brewfest MNL from July 15-17, 2016 at Century City Mall where a lot of these unique beers will be available in one venue. 🙂

      • Wooow. I used to park my motorcycle there when I go to work, you know, scarcity of parking lot in Makati haha 😀 Anyways, will you be there? I’m a fan 🙂 can you please sign my copy of Enrich Magazine? hehehe

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  23. Hi,

    Would like to ask if you noticed the majority of draft beer drinkers in Metro Manila. Are they mostly foreigners or most of them are Filipino youth?

    • Hi Doms, you mean craft, right? While the scene used to be dominated by foreigners, there’s been increasing interest in craft beer among younger Filipino youth the past 2 years. Craft beer is now being served in bars, restos and food parks targeting millennials. During the last Philippine craft beer Festival (BrewFest), it was a good mix of foreigners and locals. More younger Pinoy entrepreneurs are starting to get into homebrewing.

  24. Thank you for answering. I actually wanted to open a bar that serves both craft, draft & local beers that’s why I was curious. How would you rate the targeted millennials. Are they sufficient in numbers to support a thriving business or would an entrepreneur still target foreigners?

    • Hey Doms, for majority of Pinoys, I think the strongest market will always be for local beers because of the cost. 1 bottle of craft beer still usually costs about 3 or more bottles of local beers. But there have been a number of bars opening lately specializing in draft & craft beer especially in the BGC/Makati area, where there is a mix of foreign clients and those with more spending power. You might want to ask members of the Philippine Craft Beer Community for their advice. 🙂

  25. Big props for not only making this list but also keeping it updated!
    So far I have tried most of the brews by Cebruery, a few from Juan’s brew, Pedro & crazy Carabao. Tracking them down can bit of a challenge especially outside of Manila.

    • Thanks Vagrant One! Yes, it can be a bit of a challenge tracking down these beers. Your best bet would be to attend one of the Craft Beer Festivals because a lot of the hard to find ones from the regions come together there. There was a recently held Craft Beer Festival in Angeles, Pampanga.

  26. I will be spending the holidays in the Philippines, arriving next week! I am so looking forward to trying the bars in Manila! Thanks for this list!

    • Hi Cookie! You’re welcome. The most commonly available (commercial mass-produced) beers in the country are San Miguel & Red Horse, but I hope you do get to try these craft beers as they’re really so much better. Hope you enjoy your beer tour of the Philippines 🙂

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  29. HI Kara, i just wanted to ask if you have any idea by any chance as to where i can find and buy empty beer bottles. I myself is actually brewing a craft beer and also wanted to showcase it by presenting it in a bottle and try selling it in my area first. Any advise will be much appreciated.. thank you.

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