It’s the best time of the year for beer-lovers! This whole month of October, we’ll no doubt see drink-all-you-can promos and Oktoberfest celebrations happening everywhere. But if you’re tired of the usual fizzy, watered down beers that you’ve become accustomed to drinking, why not try craft beer for a change?
The local craft beer scene in the Philippines is booming as brewers infuse local flavors and creativity to homegrown beers. You can find a lot of Philippine craft beer brands around the country, coming from as far as Baguio, Sagada, Laguna, Pampanga, Cebu, Bacolod, Palawan and Iligan to name a few.
But you don’t have to travel far to enjoy some of these beers. There are a few places right here in the metro where you can enjoy a fresh pint of local handcrafted beer. Here are a few of our picks.
Beerhouse in Brixton Street is a small microbrewery located in Barangay Kapitolyo, Pasig City that serves small batches of in-house brews from Kapitolyo Brewing Company. Aside from in-house brews like Brown Ale and Session IPA, you can get a good sample of local craft beer from around the Philippines on tap and bottles as well as great pizza and bar chow here like truffle fries and salted egg potato chips!
Beerhouse hosts a lot of “Meet the Brewers” events where new beers are introduced and even holds beer-related workshops, with brewmaster Jun Flores sharing his tips to customers interested in homebrewing. Beerhouse is ideal for couples out on dates, those who work in the Ortigas area, or barkadas who just want a place to hang out with good drinks in Pasig.
Beerhouse/Kapitolyo Brewing Company can be found at Brixton Street, Kapitolyo, Pasig City.
2. Alamat Filipino Pub + Deli
Alamat Filipino Pub + Deli is a bar in the hip Poblacion district that serves a selection of local craft beers on tap. They also serve Pinoy cocktails and reinvented street food based on traditional Filipino dishes like Kare-Kare Skewers and artisanal sausages including sisig, bopis, dinuguan and adobo and salted egg sausages.
Alamat Filipino Pub + Deli is an ideal spot for Makati-based office workers who need a place to hang out and avoid rush hour, barkadas doing a food crawl of all the trendy dining destinations in the area and international backpackers staying in the nearby hostels near Makati’s red light district.
Alamat Filipino Pub & Deli can be found on the 2/F of 5666 Don Pedro Street Barangay Población, Makati City.
3. Joe’s Brew / House of Joe’s
For those who want a more secluded spot where they can enjoy quality brews and good food, check out House of Joe along a quieter street of Poblacion away from the main strip with the noisy bars. This steampunk-themed bar serves some of the finest quality craft beers in the Philippines from Joe’s Brew, including their signature bottled beers like Fish Rider, Sierra Madre, 34th Pursuit IPA, Soothsayer and SunSweeper. You can also enjoy a selection of various brews in their beer flight sampler.
House of Joe is a cozy spot for date nights and intimate gatherings with friends. Be sure to pair your beers with their tasty appetizers including chili lime wings, beef brisket and homemade bacon (from Holy Smokes BBQ next door).
House of Joe can be found at 5834 Matilde Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
4. The Perfect Pint: Craft Beer + Fine Food
With its fun and friendly atmosphere, The Perfect Pint is a good place to get an introduction to the craft beer scene. They have home brews and bottled beers which you can enjoy with their suggested food pairings. You can also order a sampler to try beers from different brewers.
Since their branches are located in commercial spaces and malls like Greenbelt 2, The Perfect Pint is a good place to enjoy quality beers even if you’re dining out with the non-beer drinkers or the whole family. They serve a wide variety of food that even non-beer drinkers can appreciate as well as wines, spirits and cocktails.
The Perfect Pint has branches in Molito Commercial Complex, Madrigal Ave, Alabang and Greenbelt 2, along Esperanza St, Makati City.
5. The Brewery at the Palace
The Brewery at the Palace is an upscale bar and restaurant in Bonifacio Global City with its own microbrewery in the same establishment. They serve authentic, fresh beer of varying styles (pilsner, weissbier, stout and Epic IPA) brewed by their own Brewmaster from Germany.
Aside from serving good food and fresh beer, the bar also serves as an exclusive avenue for celebrations and special events. It’s a good venue for those based in Taguig, business meetings, corporate events and media launches where guests can enjoy free-flowing craft beer.
The Brewery at the Palace can be found at 10th Avenue corner 38th Street, Uptown Parade, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
6. The Bottle Shop by Global Beer Exchange
Want to get the largest selection of the world’s best rated craft beers, all in one place here in Manila? Head to The Bottle Shop, the retail outlet of top craft beer distributor Global Beer Exchange. Owner Jim Araneta is among the pioneers who started importing beer from US, Belgium and other countries and is known as the authority on the craft beer scene in the country. Global Beer Exchange supplies the craft beer products to some of the country’s top luxury hotels, restaurrants, supermarkets, liquor stores, bars, pubs and hip hostels all over the metro.
The Bottle Shop currently offers 100+ varieties of craft beer sourced from all over the world! This spot is best for serious craft beer connoisseurs and expats living and working in the Makati and Taguig area who don’t might spending more for quality craft brews.
The Bottle Shop by Global Beer Exchange has branches in G/F Net One Bldg. 26TH st. cor. 3rd ave. Bonifacio Global City and G/F Tritan Ventures Building, Paseo de Magallanes, Magallanes, Makati City.