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Title: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on March 04, 2016, 10:31:47 AM
Philippines is starting to catch up.  The more brewery's that pop up the prices should start to drop.

http://www.traveling-up.com/craft-beers-in-the-philippines/ (http://www.traveling-up.com/craft-beers-in-the-philippines/)

Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: bigrod on March 04, 2016, 11:28:47 AM
Yes competition normally drops the price of a product.  Just like buying a liter/1.5 liter versus a 750 ml should cost less per ml, that is the gimmick to get you to buy the larger size, but I have not found that to be true always here.   Will competition decrease the price in the Philippines? Maybe or maybe not, we will see.  I hope it does!

Chuck
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on March 04, 2016, 11:35:31 AM
I have only tried the Crazy Caribou in Sta Rosa so far, and the beer is really good.  I will sample the beer in Sagada in May, hoping its equally as tasty.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: medic3500 on March 06, 2016, 09:00:28 AM
My friend Andrew makes the craft beer in Sagada, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on March 06, 2016, 11:06:27 AM
My friend Andrew makes the craft beer in Sagada, I don't think you will be disappointed.

I am looking forward to it!!!!
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: JD on March 08, 2016, 09:05:27 PM
I have a bunch of tasting reviews on my web site. Mostly for The Cebruery right now. I'm working through  the brewers.

I'm a big advocate of craft brews but, yeah, the cost is  a sticking point. Not only for us expats but for the Filipino audience as well.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on September 02, 2017, 12:12:58 PM
for any beer enthusiasts out there, I found, what I consider, the best bar in the Philippines.   If you combine food, service and beer selection, the Brewery Gastropub in iloilo was, by far, the best bar/restaurant I have been to in the Philippines.   I want to go back to iloilo just to stop by there again.   Closest thing I can compare it to is the "Perfect Pint" in Makati, and the Brewery Gastropub blows the perfect pint out of the water.   Insane beer selection, on tap and bottles.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: JoeLP on September 03, 2017, 03:19:26 PM
Waiting for something to come to Samar island.  I'd go just about anywhere on the island to have a good beer.

I lived in Grand Rapids, MI when I was in the USA.  I think this year was their 3rd consecutive year of being named Beer City USA.  I miss the ability to hit over 30 micro breweries without leaving Grand Rapids and another 30 in the greater Grand Rapids area.  Really enjoyed the autumn beers each fall.  Went great with football season.

Probably one of the few things I really miss from the USA besides the high internet speed.

https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/ (https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/)
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on September 04, 2017, 02:37:06 PM
Waiting for something to come to Samar island.  I'd go just about anywhere on the island to have a good beer.

I lived in Grand Rapids, MI when I was in the USA.  I think this year was their 3rd consecutive year of being named Beer City USA.  I miss the ability to hit over 30 micro breweries without leaving Grand Rapids and another 30 in the greater Grand Rapids area.  Really enjoyed the autumn beers each fall.  Went great with football season.

Probably one of the few things I really miss from the USA besides the high internet speed.

https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/ (https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/)
Some of my favorite beers in the USA are brewed in Michigan.  Founders and Bells off the top of my head always always had a stop in my "Ref" in the US.   Yeah I miss the beer and the internet as well.   I always had about 75 - 100 different beers to choose from, and always left the beer store with a smile on my face.   There is a bar in IloIlo that has the best beer selection of any place I have been to in the Philippines, and the food was outstanding as well.   Are you close to Iloilo?
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: medic3500 on September 04, 2017, 04:29:54 PM
Waiting for something to come to Samar island.  I'd go just about anywhere on the island to have a good beer.

I lived in Grand Rapids, MI when I was in the USA.  I think this year was their 3rd consecutive year of being named Beer City USA.  I miss the ability to hit over 30 micro breweries without leaving Grand Rapids and another 30 in the greater Grand Rapids area.  Really enjoyed the autumn beers each fall.  Went great with football season.

Probably one of the few things I really miss from the USA besides the high internet speed.

https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/ (https://www.experiencegr.com/things-to-do/beer-city/)

Some nice fishing in that area too. As a kid was up in that area many times.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on September 04, 2017, 05:45:57 PM
Some nice fishing in that area too. As a kid was up in that area many times.
another thing I miss IMMENSELY - Fishing!   
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: iamjames on September 04, 2017, 10:53:42 PM
Since the topic is Beer I must mention that on a special offer last week I got Budweiser at 36P a can in S&R.  :) :) :)
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: JoeLP on September 05, 2017, 04:35:09 PM
jjcabgou,
The founders brewery was literally a 20 minute walk from where I lived.  Their outlet store was good.  I rarely walked it.  Rather take my car for 5 minutes and load up.  Bell's is in the kzoo/bc area in Michigan about 1 hour south of where I lived.  Sometimes when coming back from chicago I'd hit their outlet.
I love founder's Imperial Stout and Bell's got a few good ones.  Grand Rapids Brewing Company use to be all across the midwest...but now are more a Michigan Beer and have a nice resto in GR.  They built the resto around one of their micro breweries and you get to see through large glass windows as they process the beer.  Sorta a cool thing.
There are a lot of other real good beers in Michigan...but in Grand Rapids we had a lot of cool little breweries.  A lot of them with their own restos connected or nearby.  Always fun places to go.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: jjcabgou on September 05, 2017, 07:48:47 PM
jjcabgou,
The founders brewery was literally a 20 minute walk from where I lived.  Their outlet store was good.  I rarely walked it.  Rather take my car for 5 minutes and load up.  Bell's is in the kzoo/bc area in Michigan about 1 hour south of where I lived.  Sometimes when coming back from chicago I'd hit their outlet.
I love founder's Imperial Stout and Bell's got a few good ones.  Grand Rapids Brewing Company use to be all across the midwest...but now are more a Michigan Beer and have a nice resto in GR.  They built the resto around one of their micro breweries and you get to see through large glass windows as they process the beer.  Sorta a cool thing.
There are a lot of other real good beers in Michigan...but in Grand Rapids we had a lot of cool little breweries.  A lot of them with their own restos connected or nearby.  Always fun places to go.
Absolutely love both Bells, and Founders, and I kid you not, I had at least a six pack (or 4 pack) of one of them in my car every time I went beer shopping.   The Philippines is, slowly but surely, making an attempt.   The only local craft beer I did not like was Pedro's.  All the rest are really good; I just need more variety, getting tired of IPA's (never thought I would say that)
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: BudM on September 05, 2017, 11:29:43 PM
Does anyone know anything about Amstel?  I am trying to figure out if that is the same beer that I was thinking of that was popular in Spanish ports back in the 70s.  I didn't know much about it except that it kept most everyone on the can.  I was trying to check it out now in Google to make sure I don't get a hold of any in the Philippines by mistake but for some reason, it doesn't look like the same stuff I am talking about.  I see that this is from Netherlands, which of course it could be sold in Spain but the stuff I am talking about really looked like and was some cheapo beer.  Well, whatever it was, it would be best for all to stay away from it.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: David690 on September 06, 2017, 12:15:15 AM
Does anyone know anything about Amstel?  I am trying to figure out if that is the same beer that I was thinking of that was popular in Spanish ports back in the 70s.  I didn't know much about it except that it kept most everyone on the can.  I was trying to check it out now in Google to make sure I don't get a hold of any in the Philippines by mistake but for some reason, it doesn't look like the same stuff I am talking about.  I see that this is from Netherlands, which of course it could be sold in Spain but the stuff I am talking about really looked like and was some cheapo beer.  Well, whatever it was, it would be best for all to stay away from it.

I think you must be mistaking Amstel for a different beer. Amstel is a Dutch beer and is pretty popular most parts of Europe.  I quite like it and usually keep cans of Amstel and Red Horse in the fridge in equal number.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: bigrod on September 06, 2017, 07:53:43 AM
Does anyone know anything about Amstel?  I am trying to figure out if that is the same beer that I was thinking of that was popular in Spanish ports back in the 70s.  I didn't know much about it except that it kept most everyone on the can.  I was trying to check it out now in Google to make sure I don't get a hold of any in the Philippines by mistake but for some reason, it doesn't look like the same stuff I am talking about.  I see that this is from Netherlands, which of course it could be sold in Spain but the stuff I am talking about really looked like and was some cheapo beer.  Well, whatever it was, it would be best for all to stay away from it.

BudM,

You are not mistaken about Amstel, it was sold in Spain during the '70s and yes it was known to give some of us the runs.  I was stationed in Europe from Apr 68 to Jun 73 on my 1st European tour and was TDY to Spain for 3 months in '70.  Heineken bought Amstel in 1968.  Not sure if Amstel had a brewery jn Spain like San Miguel did.  To this day I only drink Amstel if it is the only beer available and even then might change to wine or hard liquor instead.

Chuck
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: BudM on September 06, 2017, 01:20:13 PM
I think you must be mistaking Amstel for a different beer. Amstel is a Dutch beer and is pretty popular most parts of Europe.  I quite like it and usually keep cans of Amstel and Red Horse in the fridge in equal number.

Sorry about that.  Thanks for straightening me out on it.  I originally thought Netherlands would make it Dutch and I thought Spain was in Europe.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: BudM on September 06, 2017, 01:26:17 PM
BudM,

You are not mistaken about Amstel, it was sold in Spain during the '70s and yes it was know to give some of us the runs.  I was stationed in Europe from Apr 68 to Jun 73 on my 1st European tour and was TDY to Spain for 3 months in '70.  Heineken bought Amstel in 1968.  Not sure if Amstel had a brewery jn Spain like San Miguel did.  To this day I only drink Amstel if it is the only beer available and even then might change to wine or hard liquor instead.

Chuck

Yeah, so it was after all.  During 73-74 and I was in and out of Rota several times plus two full weeks in '76 along with a couple of times in Barcelona and Valencia earlier.  It did not agree with a lot of guys I knew and I haven't touched it since.  According to what you and the other guy said, it appears to be in the Philippines but I will pass on it.  Thanks for the info Chuck.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: David690 on September 06, 2017, 10:12:03 PM
Sorry about that.  Thanks for straightening me out on it.  I originally thought Netherlands would make it Dutch and I thought Spain was in Europe.

Yes agreed, I didn't explain myself very well at all did I.  I guess I meant...... yes it is a beer from Holland and is very popular and widely drunk throughout Europe, and probably other parts of the world as well.  If it was indeed the beer that you were describing, I'm thinking it wouldn't be so popular.  I definitely prefer it to Heineken, which gives me a sore head.
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: bigrod on September 07, 2017, 06:45:38 AM
Amstel does not rate high on the following beer rating sights.  Each person has their own preference for most things.  Having lived in Europe for 9+ years back in the '60s to the early '80s I never saw Amstel as a major market holder in most countries.

https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/163/1414/ (https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/163/1414/)

https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/amstel-lager/38/1/2/ (https://www.ratebeer.com/beer/amstel-lager/38/1/2/)

Chuck
Title: Re: Craft Beer
Post by: BudM on September 07, 2017, 11:45:25 PM
Yes agreed, I didn't explain myself very well at all did I.  I guess I meant...... yes it is a beer from Holland and is very popular and widely drunk throughout Europe, and probably other parts of the world as well.  If it was indeed the beer that you were describing, I'm thinking it wouldn't be so popular.  I definitely prefer it to Heineken, which gives me a sore head.

I did not see it around very much except it sure was popular in Spain.  At least where I was but that was probably because the clientele liked cheap beer.  The preferences of the guys I knew though would have a negative effect on the beer ratings, if they had participated in them, as that stuff kept them stuck to the can.

I have to stay off the subject of cheap beer as not to wander off the subject of this thread since it is about craft beers which I assume are fine beers like fine wine.  I am not much of a beer drinker or wine drinker for that matter so I do not know much about anything but cheap beer.