When Filipino people meet to enjoy their time together, there are usually some drinks coming along. Be it some beer like Red Horse or the well-known and everywhere available Emperador and Tanduay Rhum. Maybe you have wondered if there are other alcoholic drinks in the Philippines that are worth a try. Sure you may have checked the liquor store but with many imported alcohol priced way more than 1000 Pesos a bottle, those do not match the budget of most of us.
Actually there are a few options to enjoy delicious drinks and cocktails with ingredients that are commonly available in the Philippines! Find some great local alcohol brands and get new ideas on how you can mix cocktails and long drinks with them.
Beer is a popular type of alcohol in the Philippines. It’s often used to soothe broken hearts or to kick off the weekend with officemates. Filipinos celebrate special occasions with beer, and the weekend isn’t complete without it. Here are some of the country’s favorite beers to try. You might be surprised to find that you’re a beer aficionado. Read on for some great places to try your favorite beer.
In the early 1890s, Don Enrique Ma Barretto de Ycaza founded the first brewery in southeast Asia, the Philippines. He named it after a part of the city, San Miguel, and brought with him a German brewmaster. By the mid-20th century, San Miguel was leading all local and imported breweries five to one. In 1913, the company was incorporated.
The company’s growth spurt was reflected in its international recognition. In 1988, it was awarded the World Beer Cup in the United Kingdom. Its exports rose 150 percent during that period. The company now exports its beer to over 24 countries, including Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australia. It also has operations in China and Southeast Asia. The company also expanded internationally, setting up production facilities in these countries.
The company was also hit by the Asian financial crisis. In 1997, the government sequestered stakes in the San Miguel company. First Pacific entered negotiations to purchase them, but abandoned their takeover bid in early 1998 after politics sparked uncertainty. The company now faces a difficult time. The company is still owned by the same family, but a new government is coming in to replace the old one. So, as it stands today, the San Miguel Corporation is an interesting story. Its saga continues to make headlines.
The Crows Craft Brewing & Distillation Co. is celebrating six years in business, and has been gaining recognition for its more upscale beers and eccentric distilled beverages. They have been recognized for their efforts in both beer and spirits, and their IPAs have earned them several awards from international competitions. Known for their unique, innovative styles, they have been recognized as Specialty Wood-Aged Beer by the Beer Judge Certification Program.
The first barrel-rested beer in the Philippines is one of Crows’ newest offerings. The company also produces the first craft gin in the country, as well as the first single-malt craft whiskey and Eau de vie in the Philippines. The spirits section of the company has grown in recent years, and the team is expanding its production in the Philippines and abroad. Its latest products, including its flagship IPA, will surely please a wide range of drinkers.
Their flagship whiskey is the Crows Barrel Reserve, which is aged in medium-charred American oak barrels. This gin has juniper, citrus, and spicy botanicals that combine with a caramel sweetness on the finish. This whiskey is best enjoyed neat. Similarly, Crows Single-Malt Craft Whiskey, which was distilled in a pot still, is a perfect blend of gin and beer.
Don Papa Rum, the first sipping rum from the Philippines, was created by former Remy Cointreau executive Stephen Carroll. He visited Negros, the sugar capital of the Philippines, and was inspired by the local legends and stories. He decided that Philippine rum should be made in the country, and thus named the brand after a babaylane leader and unsung hero of the late 19th century Philippine Revolution.
The process of making Don Papa rum begins with an aging period of seven years in American oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon. The result is a smooth, rich rum that is amber in color. After seven years of aging, it is brought down to 40% ABV through spring water and charcoal filtration. After aging, it is bottled in Manila. After being aged in barrels, it is bottled for international markets.
Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from the Philippines. The product is made from the finest sugar cane in the world, and is then aged in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon. The rum is hand-crafted to perfection and has an amber-colored, smooth, and tasty taste. Don Papa has the perfect balance of sugar and vanilla flavours. You’ll definitely enjoy a glass of Don Papa when you visit the Philippines!
After a decade of brewing in the Philippines, Katipunan Craft Ales decided to take the next step and release their Indio Pale Ale. This new craft beer is a perfect example of how local beer drinking culture can change the perception of the beverage. The brewers have been constantly tweaking their recipes to meet the needs of their Filipino customers. The result is a beer that retains its full taste while being just sweet enough to satisfy a local palate.
The beer is named after the Katipunan, a revolutionary society of Filipinos that formed in Manila to fight against Spanish invaders. Katipunan Craft Ales has revolutionized the local craft beer industry with its Indio Pale Ale. This beer is an American Pale Ale style that is lower in alcohol and has a fruity spicy flavor. You can find this beer at Bottle Shop and Smoky Bastard in Makati. For a Php280 bottle, you can also try the Mountain King IPA, which features an intense hop aroma and recognizable bitterness.
Napa Gapa Beverages Corporation was established in 2015 by Ian Paradies and Josh Karten. They aimed to create unique flavours and aromas for the Filipino palate. The brand has since expanded into several other countries. It is now available in the Philippines and is sold at select bars and restaurants. The beer is also available in resorts in the Philippines, including Boracay, Siargao, and Davao.
In Calamba, Laguna, Full Circle Craft Distillers handcrafts artisan spirits to celebrate the terroir and tropical florals of the country. The company fosters pride in place with each and every drop, and their line of vodkas, gin, and brandy boast 28 rare botanicals. Master Distiller Matthew Westfall carries on a century-old family tradition in the making of fine spirits.
The Westfall family has been distilling full circle since the early 1920s, when they founded their first beverage company. The brand’s name is derived from the founder’s grandfather, a White Russian emigrant who founded a beverage company in the Philippines in 1918. This heritage carried on with the grandson, who started his own company in 2018.
The brand’s gin recipe was crafted by Dr. Klaus Hagmann, Europe’s leading Master Distiller and creative genius behind some of the world’s most popular craft gin brands. Matthew Dawson brought maletas of fresh Philippine botanicals, such as cinnamon and juniper, to the Philippines to make Full Circle’s gin. Together, they refined the gin’s juniper and cinnamon aromas and then conducted several tastings in Manila.
If you’re looking for a new and different way to drink a Filipino favorite, try Barik. This locally-distilled alcohol is made from the sap of the nipa palm tree, and has a pungent ginger flavor. Inspired by the country’s drinking culture, Barik traces its origins to the pre-colonial Filipino drink lambanog. The name of the alcoholic beverage, Barik, is derived from the word barik, which means “drink.”
In the past, Filipino farmers made a drink called Barik Lambanog by collecting coconut sap and cooking it into a concentrated form. The sap was then added to hot water, sugar, and spices, and cooked. The process of distillation only began in 1574, when Spanish colonists brought distillation technology to the Philippines. By this time, the quantity of the liquor increased from 1.22 million liters to as much as 1.4 million liters per year.
Initially, lambanog was only offered as pure liquor, but today, it comes in many different flavors that appeal to a younger crowd. It is a popular alcoholic beverage in the Philippines and is often drunk publicly. Barik Lambanog is made and distilled in Quezon, and is produced by Kalel Demetrio, a master of local distillation techniques. He also encourages consumers to buy only alcohol produced after receiving FDA approval.
If you’re looking for a refreshing cocktail to sip at your next event, you can’t go wrong with a Manila Sunshine. This popular drink is Filipino-style and has a base of coconut wine, also known as lambanog. Filipinos have been making wine and liquors for centuries from all sorts of fruits, including coconuts. The best known of these is the coconut wine, which originated in Quezon Province and is the focal point of social drinking there. Filipinos often pour the first shot “for the Devil.”
In the past few years, coffee has become more widely available, and the Philippines has its fair share of Starbucks. However, the country’s lambanog is still not as consistent as it could be. Fortunately, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is working to modernize the production process. In 2009, Hong Kong English teacher Jay Khilnani bought a bottle of lambanog while in Manila. He subsequently developed a new version of the cocktail called Manila Sunshine, which he named after the city’s famous beach resorts. It contains pineapple and mango, along with Tanduay Rhum and triple sec. To top it off, lemon grass garnishes the drink.
Among the high-alcohol beers available in the city is Red Horse. This San Miguel Brewery product boasts a unique taste that is sweet and tart and has a significant alcohol kick. You can buy this drink almost anywhere in Manila, including the provinces. You can find it in a regular 500ml bottle or in a smaller version known as the Stallion. You can also get it in a can, so you can carry it wherever you go.