#MLForeverFinally The Moreno Go Nuptials: Mr. Craftpoint Gets Hitched

Hello again fellow Beer Lovers,

Last September 5, 2015 was a special day for one of the local craft brewers in the country. It was the wedding of mister Marvin Moreno! At long last, he and his former girlfriend/now wife Leica got hitched on a beautiful Saturday where everyone in the reception were given a chance to taste the special brews of Marvin for his wedding. The Aciel and the Royce.

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The Aciel and the Royce with the Dried Scallop, Cod Fish, Straw Mushroom Soup

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Oktoberfest Has Begun!

Hello Again Fellow Beer Lovers!

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Last September 18, 2015 was the start of Oktoberfest! It is a 16 day long celebration that starts on the third weekend of September and ends till the first Sunday of October.

With me being a beer geek and all, I always would want to know about the whats and whys of beer culture and the history of this event is founded on love. Is it love for beer? I guess so (it happened later in history though). The truth lies in the marriage of Prince Ludwig (who later became King Ludwig) to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on 12 October 1810. The citizens of München (Munich) celebrated with a horse races. I bet it was fun since they decided to celerate it every year since then in the Theresienwiese (Therese’s Fields). 

Now, the Oktoberfest that we know and love is a celebration mostly for beer now that started later with the inclusion of beer provisions in the festival which later evolved to beer tents and the rest is history.

Today, Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival in the world which is not only celerated in Germany but all around in the world. The Philippines is also one of those places to celebrate this great tradition.

First off, Brotzeit Philippines (https://www.facebook.com/Brotzeit-Philippines-100213756826417/timeline/) will have it’s celebrations for Oktoberfest on September 26, October 10 and October 23. I’ll definitely be there with my beer friends on the 26th and I hope you guys will be there as well. The Beer is good and the sausages are divine. This is definitely a great place to celebrate Oktoberfest.

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Source: Brotzeit Philippines Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/100213756826417/photos/a.100219196825873.226.100213756826417/504793133035142/?type=1

On another note, the German Club of Manila (https://www.facebook.com/german.club.manila.philippines) will also have their celebrations for Oktoberfest. They have it every year at Sofitel. I actually bought a Bierstein and an Oktoberfest Hat years ago but I’m out of town as of the moment.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/german.club.manila.philippines/photos/a.159848487424309.39215.120838374658654/897165810359236/?type=1
Source: https://www.facebook.com/german.club.manila.philippines/photos/a.159848487424309.39215.120838374658654/897165810359236/?type=1

These are the events happening in Manila and around the country for Oktoberfest that I do not know of as of now and I’m sure that there are other places out there that are celebrating the worldwide phenomenon.

Leave a reply if there are other events out there and I’ll update this post to reflect these events.

OKTOBERFEST IS HERE! IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE!

Beerman out!

California Pilgrimage: Hard Knox Cafe

(The California Pilgrimage is my one month journey around California encompassing various activities but overall, these posts will be about beer. This title is directly from the first episode of Michael Jackson’s old show called The Beer Hunter. A True Beer Geek must know about Michael Jackson. If you don’t, you’re either a poser or someone who is starting out the journey through the Elixir of Life. I hope you are the latter.)

During my first week of my California vacation, I wasn’t as intoxicated as the series will suggest. It was during my fourth day in my vacation when my grandfather wanted to eat out for lunch. Since my younger cousin was free since it was vacation time, she decided to bring us to Hard Knox Cafe. Cood call cousin. Love you mucho!

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Forgive me for the lack of a store front and a decent picture. I was focused on eating that day.

As usual, every meal for me should have a consideration of a beer accompaniment (I love cities where you can order a craft beer almost anywhere) and to that extent, I was very happy with my selection.

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California Pilgrimage: Genesis (Bj’s Restaurant and Brewhouse)

(The California Pilgrimage is my one month journey around California encompassing various activities but overall, these posts will be about beer. This title is directly from the first episode of Michael Jackson’s old show called The Beer Hunter. A True Beer Geek must know about Michael Jackson. If you don’t, you’re either a poser or someone who is starting out the journey through the Elixir of Life. I hope you are the latter.)

Day one, May 24, 2015

Genesis… The beginning… It is the first book of the Judeo-Christian religions referring to the origin story according to this culture and religion. It is, in some ways, my Genesis into Craft Beer. I have been crazy about the drink for the last five years yet I haven’t been able to visit the American Breweries I know and love. To that end, I was able to visit three breweries during this visit. This was quite low for my preferences but NorCal (I was mostly based in San Francisco and the Bay Area during this visit) has so much to provide. It is my type of place and I can’t wait to go back. Nevertheless, this day was a great start.

I arrived at SFO (San Francisco International Airport) around 4 PM with my grandparents (who are the best grandparents one can have). The view was cloudy and grey, a sharp contrast to the warm, bright and sunny palette that I was exposed to the past few months. I was ecstatic after bearing a fourteen hour flight in economy class plus the hour long wait at immigration. I arrived at my aunt’s house around 6:30 PM with this beautiful view of the Western Conference Finals Game (anything in a 72 inch screen is beautiful).

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72 Inches is Bliss

Prior to leaving for San Francisco, I messaged my good high school friend Aaron on my trip to the Bay Area. We agreed to see each other when I arrived but I didn’t expect to see him a few hours into my trip. He saw my uploaded photo of the TV on my Facebook feed and he surprised me by arriving at the driveway fifteen minutes later. It has been more than a year since I last saw him when he and his wife visited Manila. Seeing him just sent bolts of energy around my body and I couldn’t help but run and hug the mofo. After talking to him for a few minutes, I asked permission from my relatives if I could spend the night with them. Luckily, I have very understanding relatives.

Due to my incessant demand for beer (I was in California, it’s beer country), Aaron and Sarah brought me to Bj’s Restaurant Brewhouse at San Bruno.

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Exclusive: A Sneak Peek to the Largest Craft Brewery (Yet) in the Philippines

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Last July 4 was a special day for me. I was invited to check out the facility of Great Islands Craft Brewery and join in for the first brewing session at the new facility. The brewery is the brain child of one, if not the best, brewer in the country, Philippine Brewing God a.k.a. Baldis. For those now in the know, Baldis was the brewer who helped and taught the aspiring brewers several years ago who are now the people behind Katipunan Craft Ales and Craftpoint Brewing Co. With hearing the news of Baldis finally being able to set up the brewery of his dreams, I was ecstatic to see the place and see the man himself play with his new shiny toys.

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Vernisage: The Bottle Shop Soft Opening at The Fort

The watering hole that started the Craft Beer movement opened its latest branch at the rapidly developing area that is known to my generation as the Fort (I grew up calling it The Fort or Fort and I refuse to call it by three boring letters). Technically, The Bottle Shop is the second branch from Global Beer Exchange, the company that imports American Craft Beers such as Stone, Anderson Valley Brewing Company plus the popular and deservedly appreciated Hitachino’s Nest by Kiuchi Brewery from Japan. The latest branch is the third watering hole by the company and the Beertender/Guru, Jim Araneta. The first one, the now closed The Tasting Room, was an amazing place near Greenbelt 5 where most of the original Beer Club of Manila. The latest Bottle Shop location continues the tradition of being the bastion for Craft Beer, both foreign and local. Last July 21, 2015 was the soft opening of The Bottle Shop to the general public. The Beertender himself invited several of the patrons of the original branch of The Bottle Shop at Paseo de Magallanes.

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Beerfest Asia 2015 Thoughts

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I attended the trade event for Beerfest Asia 2015. All in all it was a good opportunity to meet fellow local brewers, local distributors and share a couple of beers. Here are some thoughts I had on the event:

  • Archipelago was holding a beer-and-food-pairing workshop in partnership with the employment and employability institute.  I thought that was a good start to push for more craft awareness in the f&b industry.
  • There wasn’t much ‘trade’ activity going on – distributors were busy making sure their booths were ready for the public session, neither was there much networking to be done. A good number of ‘trade visitors’ were from the media(myself included).
  • The trade session quickly escalated into people getting started on drinking early.

Some thoughts on the rest of Beerfest Asia:

  • Food options were limited and disappointing(akin to previous years). Pre-prepared bar snacks and fried offerings by Harry’s Bar led to…

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Beer and Sight Seeing in Iligan City

Good day fellow beer lovers!

Some of the Beers for the Night

It’s been a real long time since I’ve written a blog post. I am sorry for not putting out content far longer than I have written for this blog but I hope to put out content again soon. Anyway, it’s time to focus on new content rather than dwell on my long hiatus.

A few months ago, I was in Iligan City for work and I happened to be able to contact Pauly del Rosario of Fat Pauly’s Handcrafted Ales and Lagers since he’s based there. What started out as a simple hangout was turned into a nice beer tasting session with him, his then fiancee now wife and his friends.

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Beerman’s Craft Beer and Food Pairing Dinner

Last March 21, 2014 was a special day for me. It was the first time that  I hosted a beer and food pairing dinner for a group beyond my friends and family. It was a project 2 years in the making due to the request of my former Atenean professor for his class.

Further on, why did he request a Beer and Food Pairing dinner for his class? His class is about culture and the senses. I was a former student in his class and we both thought it was a great addition to the course. After the long process of trying to make it work, it finally happened.

With the participation of Barley Gastropub and Fat Pauly’s Handcraft Ales and Lagers, the five course dinner was set for eight people.

The menu was designed by Chef Justin of Barley Gastropub with the beer selection picked by yours truly.

Let’s now move on to the actual dinner.

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Black Beer Onion Rings with Squid Ink Paired with Iligan Pale Ale

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Beer 101: What is Craft Beer?

A Selection of International Beers and Craft Beers
A Selection of International Beers and Craft Beers

With the introduction of various beers in the market today, it is hard for anyone to decipher which is which. From “International,”  “Premium,” and “Special” Beers, anyone who would want to buy a bottle of beer would have a hard time knowing what is the difference.

With that in mind, I thought of writing this article to make it easier for anyone to make it easier to know what’s the difference between these labels.

First and foremost, Craft Beer is the most famous label that gets thrown around right now when it comes to small breweries. The meaning of Craft Beer comes from the Brewers Association (based in the USA). Usually, it is beer brewed according to the capacity of the brewery.

Here is the definition of a Craft Brewery from the Brewers Association (http://www.brewersassociation.org/pages/business-tools/craft-brewing-statistics/craft-brewer-defined):

  • Small: Annual production of 6 million barrels of beer or less (approximately 3 percent of U.S. annual sales). Beer production is attributed to the rules of alternating proprietorships.
  • Independent: Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by a beverage alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.
  • Traditional: A brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation. Flavored malt beverages (FMBs) are not considered beers.

The problem with the definition of Craft Brewers here in the Philippines is that these definitions are not appropriate for the country. These definitions are appropriated towards the US. Thus, brewers here in the Philippines are not considered as craft breweries (in the Brewers Association sense).

Moving on, the one aspect that could be taken from the definitions earlier would be the definition for traditional craft brewers. In my opinion, one can be considered a craft brewery as long as its focus is on focusing on the craft of brewing beer, whether traditional or innovative. A craft brewer can call itself as one as long as the focus of the brewer is on quality and not quantity.

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