A Six-Pack of Craft Beer Venues in Manila, Philippines

Manila’s Craft Beer Scene is thriving. We offer you a six pack of venues to enjoy local (and imported) craft beers in Manila as well as some recommendations of food and beer pairings that we’ve enjoyed. Cheers!

1. The Bottle Shop

Jim Araneta, the pioneer of craft beer in The Philippines, operates two locations of The Bottle Shop where one can find the largest selection of craft beer in the country. Each locations features at least 12 rotating taps of both local and imported craft beer as well as a vast selection of bottles for in house consumption or to go. Watch for special events at each location that feature limited supply beers and new releases. An array of cocktails is also available including The Philippines’ largest selection of hand crafted Gin. Food is also available.

Our Pick: The Cebruery People Power Pale Ale and a Fresh Made Baguettini

Bottle Shop BGC: 26th Street Corner 3rd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Bottle Shop Magallanes: Ground Floor, Tritan Ventures Building, Magallanes, Makati City

Bottle Shop BGC and Magellan's for Craft Beer in Manila Philippines

Local and imported craft beer on tap at The Bottle Shop.

Bottle Shop Manila

The Bottle Shop has two locations in Metro Manila.

2. The Perfect Pint

The Perfect Pint is your perfect spot to sample a vast array of local Filipino craft beers and Modern Filipino & International cuisine. Located next to MC Home Depot in BGC, The Perfect Pint is open all day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A dozen draft beers and a large bottle selection are available and one or two house-made brews rotate the taps on occasion.

Our Pick: Truffle Fries and Ayahay IPA from Palaweño Brewery

The Perfect Pint: Second Floor, Crossroads Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City

Perfect Pint BGC

The Perfect Pint in Manila offers local craft beers and fine food.

3. Smoky Bastard

Smoky Bastard is a very unique craft beer bar located in a high-end food court in Century Mall. This one of a kind spot feature four taps of local craft beers (such as Katipunan and Pedro Brewcrafters) and an extensive bottle selection. The bar also offers cocktails and is open late, even after the mall closes. Being inside the food court, known as Hole in the Wall, allows patrons to purchase food at one of its premium food vendors such as Mr. Delicious, Bad Bird or Scouts Honor.

Our Pick: Joe’s Brew 34th Pursuit IPA and Sisig Tacos from Posporo Taqueria Filipino

Smoky Bastard & Hole in the Wall: Hole in the Wall, Fourth Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City

Craft beers at Smoky Bastard in Century Mall

Smoky Bastard located at Century Mall in The Hole in the Wall

4. The Brewery at The Palace

Metro Manila’s newest craft beer hotspot located in BGC features a 400 seat restaurant, live music stage and half a dozen in house brewed craft beers. Plenty of parking welcomes guests and a friendly and attentive staff will ensure your visit here is complete. Fresh crafted beer can be ordered by the glass or on a sample tray and can be paired with some delicious menu items perfectly crafted to compliment the beer. Located in the same venue is The Palace Pool Club and Valkyrie Night Club should you want to dance off some of those calories.

Our Pick: A Sample Tray of Four House Brews and The Nachos! Sarap!! (Yummy!)

The Brewery at The Palace: 9th Avenue Corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City

Craft beer at The Brewery at the Palace in Manila

The Brewery at the Palace is Metro Manila’s newest craft beer hotspot.

5. Big Bad Wolf

Located next to Burgos Circle in BGC, Big Bad Wolf offers a nice selection of imported and local craft beers on tap and by the bottle.This funky bar known for food, music and art is great for people watching from their patio seating or one can enjoy the eclectically decorated interior while sampling some of The Phlippines’ finest craft beers. The Big Bad Wolf also brews their own beers and offers a rotating selection on their taps.

Our Pick: Queso Fundido (with house made chorizo and freshly made flour tortillas) with a Nipa Brew Tropic Haze Wheat Beer

Big Bad Wolf: Forbes Town Center, Burgos Circle, Bonifacio Global City (Next to Bugsy’s)

Big Bad Wolf offers a wide variety of local and imported craft beer in BGC The Fort.

Big Bad Wolf at Burgos Circle in BGC is home to great food, art, music and craft beer.

6. The Belle and Dragon

A new addition to the Makati pub scene. Located on the quiet Carlos Palanca street in Legaspi Village, this spot is perfect for the business crowd in Makati to grab a lunch or relax after work. The open concept bar offers some patio seating, perfect for watching the street below. Six craft and imported beers are available on tap including some local favourites like Great Islands Craft Brewing and Pedro Brewcrafters. The food is fantastic and the service is great!

Our Pick: Pearl of the Orient Pale Ale and Chicken Karaage Bao Sandwich

The Belle & Dragon: 100 Don Carlos Palanca, Legaspi Village, Makati City

Belle and Dragon Makati

Some local taps of craft beer at The Belle and Dragon in Makati.


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Best Places to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Drink Craft Beer in Seoul, Korea

American Thanksgiving is in just a few days and if you’re looking for the city’s best places to enjoy some turkey and a pint of good beer, then look no further.


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Hopscotch in Gangnam and Gwanghwamun will both be providing Thanksgiving dinner at 6pm on Thursday. This is their third year providing delicious turkey dinners. But seats are almost sold out as of Tuesday evening!

“Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, sauteed veggies, cranberry jam, all made from scratch and one free draft beer from The Hand and Malt. Free seconds too but most get stuffed after the first plate.”

For reservations or directions call: Gangnam 02-511-0145 / Gwanghwamun 02-722-0145

You can also RSVP via facebook or text to 010-8633-8300 (Gangnam branch) or 02-722-0145 (Gwanghwamun branch).

Maloney’s Pub and Grill










The good people at Maloney’s will be offering a first come/first served Thanksgiving dinner at 5pm with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, veggies, buns with real butter, pumpkin pie, glass of wine. 30,000 won per plate. Of course, lots of craft beers are on tap for great prices, especially Hand & Malt and Maloney’s beers.

Craftworks Namsan


The original Itaewon branch of Craftworks is having their Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 26th, starting from 6pm.

They will be offering turkey or ham, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, mac & cheese, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, cornbread, and pumpkin (or apple) pie for only W30,000 per person.


Craftworks will be offering both reservations and first come/first served.

Reservations are made at namsan@craftworkstaphouse.com and please provide your reservation name, no. of guests, contact number and time.”

Craftworks Pangyo


Craftworks is throwing a crazy Thanksgiving buffet. Reservations are required, with seating filling up fast. Chose 5-7pm, 9-11pm, or the Sunday Brunch Buffet from noon-4pm. Tickets for Thursday are 45,000won.

“Menu will include: SMOKED Turkey, Roasted Turkey, Deep Fried Turkey, Bacon-wrapped Turkey, TUR-DUCK-EN!!! As well as Famous CW Stuffing, Twice Baked Potatoes, REAL Turkey Gravy (made from turkey stock!!!), Mac ‘n Cheese, Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Chopped Salad, Roasted/grilled veggies, Buttered Corn, Cranberry Sauce, Pumpkin Pie, And MORE and MORE and MORE – keep checking the event for menu additions!

45,000W per person
20,000W per child under 12
Gets you 2 hours of pure BUFFET BLISS with a glass of mulled wine!”

Craftworks Pangyo Brunch on Sunday



From the FB event page:

“Seating is still available for 12:00-2:00PM

Make your reservations early!!!

25,000W per person and 15,000W kids under 12


#1 Most AWESOME Thanksgiving Brunch Food Ever:

THANKSGIVING CALZONES!!! – Pizza dough filled with cheddar cheese, turkey, and country sausage stuffing, baked to a golden perfection and served with real turkey gravy for dipping!

Turkey Hash – our homefries with browned bits of turkey meat and gravy!

Mac ‘n Cheese – elbow macaroni with rich, velvety cheese sauce!

Twice Baked Potatoes – filled with cheese and sour cream and topped with bacon and cheddar and chives.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Burritos – flour tortillas stuffed with turkey and eggs and cheese.

Thanksgiving Breakfast Pizzas – turkey and country sausage on a pizza with fried eggs.

Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream!
And more items announced later!!!

Please comment within the event or send us a PM or call the restaurant to secure your reservation. 031-706-7474”

Also, check out this Top 5 Thanksgiving Specials Guide in Time Out. 

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Meet the Brewer Masters at Maloney’s

This Saturday, November 21st 2015 at 3pm, Maloney’s Pub and Grill will host an educational craft beer event and tasting in Kyungridan for beer lovers, foodies, homebrewers, and anyone interested in joining the booming beer industry. There will be four beers served with four different foods as well as talks, quizzes, prizes, and live music.

Bill Miller, the legendary beerfather and recipe master of Maloney’s Brewing Co will be discussing the beer industry. Bill has years of experience in the local homebrew scene and is also the designer of several Craftworks beers, The Booth’s first signature beer, and Maloney’s Combat Zone IPA and Southie Irish Red.

Kitae Park of Global Craft Korea can shed light on the import market of craft beer in Korea, as Global Craft Korea is responsible for many of the delicious American beers we have here including Modern Times, Green Flash, New Belgian, and–of course–Ballast Point.

Lastly, Brandan Fenner is the head brewer at Korea’s fantastic local brewery The Hand & Malt. He can shed light on his experience working at Maui Brewery in America and now the trend-setting Hand & Malt here. The Hand & Malt recently released Korea’s first beer made with locally grown hops and Korea’s first barrel-aged beer.

Team Photo

Hand & Malt team with Brewmaster Brandon Fenner on the far right.

However, the main event for most will be the pairings of four different beers and dishes for tasting. According to the event page, the tastings are scheduled to be:

**Maloney’s Southie Irish Red Ale paired with salami & cheese
**Maloney’s Combat Zone India Pale Ale paired with spicy sliders
**New Belgian’s Fat Tire Amber Ale paired with salt, pepper and sesame oil wings
**New Belgian’s Snapshot Wheat Beer paired with smoked salmon canape

All beers will be 5oz tastings.

The event also promises to have some fun quizzes for prizes and live music by Mimi Roh.

Seating is limited to 30 participants. It will be 27,500won if you order in advance or 35,000won at the door.

Fill out our Sign Up Form – http://goo.gl/forms/PE5pXviWpv
Then make payment to:

KEB Bank (외환은행)
Account: 630-006543-613
Holder: (주)10미디어

Location and Directions:
Maloney’s Pub & Grill
225-67 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

From Noksapyung Station, go straight out of exit 2. Walk past the long brick wall toward the major intersection. Take the underpass and cross the street toward the hill that goes to Hyatt hotel (Gyungnidan). Walk up the hill for about 5-7 minutes and the bar is on the second floor on the right.


Bill Miller and Brendan Maloney at Maloney’s Pub celebrating the launch of Southie Irish Red

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Who Brews in Singapore?

This post will be about who brews what in Singapore – the entire brewing scene will be listed in it’s full entirety but without photos at the moment. The scene is really small, yet most people are unaware of who toils behind the kettle and mash, making their local brews.

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Our Picks for Beertopia 2015

Hong Kong’s biggest craft beer festival is back and bigger than ever with an estimate of 551 beers available. Not sure what to go for? Craft Beer Asia helps you pick your pints!

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Chuseok 2015 in Kyungridan

Every autumn, Seoulites fill the highways to the tune of millions of cars per day, racing to their ancestral hometowns to engage in what is best described to foreigners as Korean Thanksgiving. For years, being a foreigner during Chuseok was a mixed blessing. We would get time off work, but much of the city would be closed down and travelling anywhere was a gong show. The latter problem still exists, but the former problems is rapidly vanishing. In the foreign oasis of Kyungridan/HBC, this past Chuseok weekend was actually one of the most fun beer weekends of the year.

This past Saturday, Phillies in HBC hosted the Maloney Brewing Company’s new beer launch: Combat Zone 2.0. The Combat Zone, as most already know, is the second beer designed by Boston-inspired brewing company Maloneys and brewed by the Hand & Malt.

CombatZone 2.0

The Combat Zone IPA was first launched last year, giving beer geeks their first truly sock-you-in-the-face, Korea-brewed IPA. In fact, an early idea for Maloney’s tagline was “Get Fisted.”

This time around, Beerfather Bill Miller decided to play with his hops, toning down the bittering of the Columbus hops in favor of flavor and aroma. The result is still a mouthful, with 7.5% abv and enough hop punch to keep you on your toes, but with a more session-drinking friendliness.

Hand & Malt's Bryan Kunkel and Maloney Brewing Company's Bill Miller enjoying some Combat Zone outside Phillies.

Hand & Malt’s Bryan Kunkel and Maloney Brewing Company’s Bill Miller enjoying some Combat Zone outside Phillies.

Phillies also proved themselves to be great hosts, offering homemade pulled pork sandwiches on the menu and free t-shirts to Combat Zone drinkers.


Talented local homebrewer Eric Drabenstot showing off his free Phillies/Combat Zone t-shirt while pouring some of his smooth and tart blueberry sour ale.

On Sunday, The Bottle Shop in Kyungridan hosted a BBQ for customers. Nicky, the owner and operator of The Bottle Shop, spent the evening grilling hot dogs, hamburgers, and samgyeopsal. Some awesome beer loving-expats brought some rare beers from San Diego as well as a platter of cheese and snacks. Others passed around their homebrews or bottles of beer they had saved for a special occasion. All-in-all it was a real blast, with much thanks going to Nicky and has ever supportive Bottle Shop.


Nicky grilling some hot dogs on a busy Chuseok Sunday for us hungry beer drinkers.


Nicky offered 5,000won beer specials while letting the homebrew flow freely.


Nice spread of meat and snacks; enough to feed the 35+ beer drinkers who showed up.



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Gateway Beers!

Remember that one beer, that sticks out clearly in your mind… the one that said to you – what if beer could taste like more?

We all have that particular memory of a beer which changed our perception and palates, and the word to describe that would be… Gateway beer!  Continue reading

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