5 Must Drink Beers in the Philippines

Put alcohol on the table on a Saturday night along with a bunch of strangers, for sure, all of them will leave as friends the following morning. In the Philippines, drinking alcohol is just another "Pinoy" hobby, following the ranks of singing karaoke or re-bonding their long, black hair or making their skin look fairer.

So what's the Philippines' poison of choice? Why, it's beer of course! The infamous San Miguel Brewery comes from the country, so why won't it be? But San Miguel, as famous as it is worldwide, isn't the only beer worth knowing in the country.

1. Red Horse

Giligan’s, Foursquare.com

With 6.8% alcohol content tucked in it's glorious brown bottles, Red Horse is one of the neighborhood favorites. Like a horse, it kicks in with power. After three bottles, you're sure to be heading to that karaoke machine to belt your heart out. It has a full flavor a little bit of sweetness, so if this is your cup of tea, then by all means, go for Red Horse.

Name:
Giligan's
Address:
2nd Flr, Veranda, Robinsons Galleria (at Epifanio delos Santos & Ortigas Ave.), 1110 Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

2. Brew Kettle

Today X Future, Foursquare.com

Brew Kettle is a new beer that reminds me so much of the Hoegaarden, but without the staggering price! And for what it's worth, it's the first white beer produced in the country. So if you're a fan of the Belgian, witbier kind of beer - this is for you.

Name:
Today X Future
Address:
#7-T Gen. Malvar St, Cubao, Quezon City, Quezon City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

3. San Mig Light

Tides Grill and Bistro, Foursquare.com

San Mig Light is a beer that has the same standard 5% alcohol content but with less than 130 calories. Which is why you'd see the empty beer bottles in bars, pubs and even clubs the following morning on a staggering volume. The country chugs this beer down like water after a long day's trek. Tastes great too.

Name:
Tides Grill and Bistro
Address:
J.P. Rizal Ave (btwn Zapote St & Binakod St), 1207 Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

4. San Miguel Pale Pilsen

Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew, Foursquare.com

Pale pilsen is the draft of all draft beers. If you sit and drink with the older crew, like, more than 50 years old, they'd tell you that this beer has been the beer of their forefathers. With it's 5% alcohol content, you're sure to drink more than a liter of this as it goes smoothly inside your palate with a distinct bitter taste.

Name:
Dillingers 1903 Steak & Brew
Address:
3rd Flr, Greenbelt 3 (at Makati Ave. & Esperanza St.), Makati City, Makati City, Philippines
TEL:
+63 2 621 6790
HP:
Official Foursquare.com

5. San Miguel Premium All-Malt Beer

Malt beer fans have a place in the Philippines, too! If you are after a malt beer in the country that won't exceed $1.10, the the premium malt beer with 5% alcohol content is your poison of choice. It's best identified among all the San Miguel beers as the one in the green bottle. Oh, and it also says Premium in the label.

Name:
Aruba
Address:
Metrowalk Ortigas, Pasig, Pasig, Philippines
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

The best part of knowing all the wonderful beer in the Philippines is that you can get the cheapest one for less than a dollar! And most of these are under $1 if bought from a grocery or supermarket. If you do stay in a bar, you're most likely to savor every penny if you get it in a bucket (six or five bottles) as it's cheaper that way.

Author

Geninna
5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?