The Philippine craft beer industry is still young, but it’s definitely growing. Proving that it’s hard to resist the underdog’s charm, more and more Pinoys are supporting micro-brewed and home-brewed beers. After all, most would love a bottle of ice cold beer that’s without extenders, produced in small batches and packed with flavor.
You’ll find home-brewed beers from Iligan, Palawan, Bacolod, etc. But thankfully, there’s no need to go out of town for craft beer. Bars, restaurants and shops are already carrying these labors of love.
Here are 8 of the best places to get your fix of craft beer this weekend!
Manhattan Parkway 2, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
+632 246 9069 ext: 757
18 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
+632 246 9069 ext: 148
Cab Café is from the same owners of the well-known Bacolod restaurant, Bob’s. Favorites from their Bacolod restaurant are also present in Cab Café, which includes the crowd-pleaser Sate Babe (P185). They’ve also transported all the desserts from Café Bob’s, so make sure to try their delectable treats. After or with your meal, don’t forget to have some craft beer!
Sgt. Esguerra Avenue Corner Scout Bayoran, Near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Quezon City
+63947 991 9110
For those working in Quezon City, Barley Gastropub is a good place to unwind after hours. Indulge in delectable dishes like the Juicy Lucy Blue Burger (P325) or the Fried Brie with guava jelly and truffle oil (P550). Make it an even greater night by pairing your grub with local craft beer. They have Joe’s Brew (Manila), Great Islands (Manila), Craft Point (Manila), Fat Pauly’s (Iligan) and Katipunan Craft Ales (Manila).
Ground Floor, Globe Telecom Tower, 32nd Street Cor. 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
+639178769999, +632 7974064
It’s commendable that an upscale joint like Niner Ichi Nana, which houses a plethora of imported booze, supports the local microbreweries’ beer. This means the quality of home-brewed beers are definitely up to par with the imported ones. Aside from Niner Ichi Nana’s various kinds of cocktails and liquors, choose from the following local craft beers: Fish Rider (P340), Sierra Made (P340), Liberation (P260), Pivo Dark (P250), Pivo Weizen (P250) and Summer Session (P230).
Hole in the Wall, Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Housed in a marvelous food court of some sort, Hole in the Wall, is a stall that is dedicated to local home-brewed beers and exciting cocktails. Smoky Bastard has 13 kinds of beers, so have fun getting to know each one!
Bellagio 2, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Ground Floor, Estancia Mall, Capitol Commons, Oranbo, Pasig City
+632 2469069 ext: 410
The burger and beer combo is very hard to beat. This is one of the most trusted comfort food combinations that can perk up even the worst of days. For that fix, B&B is the place to go to. This restaurant is famous for its innovative burger combinations and its wide selection of craft beer.
Second Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
+632 2469069, ext: 126
Here’s a gastropub that takes how their beer very seriously. The Perfect Pint meticulously pairs dishes and local craft beer to produce the most appropriate and enjoyable combinations. For example, they recommend Truffle Fries with Katipunan Indio Pal Ale and Stinky Cheese Pizza with Pivo Weizen. Each recommendation has an explanation, too. If you’re not so hungry, you can opt for the beer flight samplers instead.
Forbes Retail, Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
+632 822 5833
Once you uncover Big Bad Wolf’s obscure location, you’ll be welcomed with a sophisticated space, garnished with hipster-looking wall art and eclectic mismatched furniture. Apart from its noteworthy interiors and wealthy menu, Big Bad Wolf is an awesome place for craft beer. They have Craft Beer Tuesdays that lasts the whole day for discounts, as well as local craft beer on tap and on beer flights.
Adriatico Street Corner Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Metro Manila
Tap Station is an underrated gem in Ermita. The place is rustic, which invites you to let your hair down and have a good time. RSVP yes to that invitation, through their 12 kinds of home-brewed beer (try the Red Head, P130, or the Black Bitch, P145) and their well-raved about sausage sampler. You won’t regret it.
Where else do you get your fix of home-brewed beers? Don’t be greedy and share that crucial knowledge!