Good day fellow beer lovers!
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.
I started the night with a bottle of Comin Cider. Cider is an alcoholic beverage made from apple’s. Personally, I’m not a big fan of cider but I surprisingly liked this bottle of cider. Pauly personally was not fond of this brew due to sourness of the cider. There was a hint sweetness from the apple followed by a sharp acidic sourness; yet, I was fond it. I’m a big fan of sourness in my alcoholic beverages but that is a personal preference. I managed to finish this bottle in five minutes.
The next beer I tasted was the 2014 Smashin Pumpkin. This was an ale brewed with pumpkins as part of it’s recipe. I was able to taste the 2011 batch before and I became a fan of this style of beer. Imagine having a good bowl of pumpkin soup. That sweet flavor of the pumpkin that you would find in a good pumpkin soup is the highlight that you will taste from this beer. With the fusion of the malty flavor of the beer, the pumpkin ale is sweet enough to entice the palate yet balanced enough with the hoppy and fruit notes of the ale yeast to make this a delightful brew. The 2014 batch was less sweet compared to the 2011 batch but it was still a good ale. If you ever get a chance to try out this beer, I bet you’ll have a fondness for it. Pumpkin ales are huge thing now especially during Halloween season. It’s too bad that Halloween is still several months away. I could drink this ale the whole day.
During the first part of the night, we were at the warehouse of Suka Pinakurat. Pauly’s family is the owner of the famous vinegar. The warehouse is also where his brewhouse is located. Here’s a picture of the showroom:
At the other side of the room was the beer chiller.
After we collected the beers, we went up to the upper parts of Iligan city where we got a great view of the city. It’s too bad I wasn’t able to get a good shot of the view. Blame my bad cameraphone.
While we were enjoying the view, we tasted some more beers. I tasted the Ilaya Intensely Hopped Ale next. It’s the left most beer in the first picture. The hoppy ale was dominated more by it’s malty taste with slight toffee notes with a hoppy and piney finish. This beer was a great session beer for the night. In about a span of an hour, I downed three bottles of beer. It was then we got to the more intense brews.
The next brew that I tried was the Covinda Imperial India Pale Ale (IIPA). Personally, I’m a big fan of the style. Having a lot of hops in a brew evokes flowery and piney notes that somehow become sweet. I don’t understand how it works but having an IIPA is one of my favorite things in life. The Covinda IIPA was no exception. It starts of with sweet and malty flavor but is immediately followed by the flower and pine notes that I stated earlier. BEERGASM.
After enjoying the view from above, we went back to the warehouse to enjoy some grub. For tonight, we eat some adobong baboy damo (wild pig adobo).
The next beer for the night was the Lumad Steam Lager. This style of beer is called California Common. The most famous version of this style is the Anchor Steam Beer by the Anchor Brewing Company in San Francisco. It is a lager style beer that is fermented at warmer temperatures. Steam beer is actually trademarked by the brewery hence the reason why the style is called California Common. The taste of the beer is similar to Anchor Steam Beer. It is malty with a dry but smooth assertive hope bitterness. Due to the high fermentation, there slight fruit notes in the beer. It went very well with the Baboy Damo Adobo.
The last beer for the night was the Maria Cacao Chocolate Stout. Yes, beer can be made with chocolate. Imagine a Cerveza Negra brewed with chocolate tablea. It is a simple explanation of the beer but it’s the easiest way to describe it. The tablea was locally sourced from the market in Iligan. The beer was smooth at first with the roasted malts similar to Milo but more intense in flavor followed by dark chocolate notes. It also went very well with the Baboy Damo Adobo.
Sadly, the night had to end. I was happy with the beers that I drank. To add to that, the Baboy Damo Adobo was really good.
I want to express my deep gratitude to Pauly del Rosario for the hospitality.