Wednesday, June 22, 2016

What's your go-to beer?

Mga pards, mag-ingay! I hope you all feel my excitement as I write this blog entry here. Summer has gone and rainy days are coming, all the more reason we deserve a bottle of beer in hand - to wash them blues away. Hugot! Recently, I've been thinking.. Since I'm so good at drinking[charot], why not I try become a beer sommelier? That is a legit profession, you guys. Seriously! And we don't have much of them especially in the Philippines. As a matter of fact, there are only seven master cicerones in the world, as of writing. 

Trivia: Sommeliers = Wine and Cicerones = Beer. 

According to what I've heard, they have a pretty competitive salary. Around $20,000 lang naman, mind you. So what do they actually do aside from drinking free-flowing beer all day? Like wine sommeliers, cicerones have gifted taste buds. Hashtag supernatural. They judge each bottle of beer based on packaging, texture, taste and impact. They can name the best beers in the world, I believe their ultimate goal is to not miss any. Another thing, and what I think the most important, is food pairing. Tag niyo tropa niyong matakaw sa pulutan! A cicerone knows which food complements which beer. Because one can not settle on a serving of roasted peanuts no matter how low-key their drinking session is going to be. Luckily, I have a drinking buddy who knows his way around the kitchen! 

So before anything else, what's my go-to beer nga ba? Well, I have a few na you might have tried na rin already.

San Mig Light. Keyword here is "light." The usual dialogue would be: "Tara inom tayo, Mig light lang." It's like your usual pantulak and pamukaw uhaw, thirst-quencher. Youngsters(18+), you guys, are the number one target market of this specific beer product. It's one of my go-to beers because it's cheap and easily accessible, they have this in most bars here in Dagupan City like Sides Grill & Raw Bar at Perez. I like my San Mig Light served at below zero temperature, because I'm not a big fan of its metallic flavor when it gets warm.

(c) @lvlygrey instagram
Red Horse. A store without Red Horse is like a home without electricity. Haha, charot! RH is one of the most popular beers in the Philippines, it also has one of the highest alcohol content at 6.8%. So if you'd like to kick your drinking game up a notch and pretend you're a grown-ass man/woman now, then this one's for you. Usual dialogue: "Tara inom tayo beer, yung may tama." It's practical to buy jumbo-sized ones instead  of the 500ml ones especially if you're that thirsty, depressed, or drinking with buddies. Red Horse is one of my go-to beers simply because it's *cue in commercial* extra strong, ito ang tama!

Taken during Bangus Festival 2016 (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Cerveza Negra. A special shout out to my friend, artist Patrick Fernandez for introducing this drink to me. (Check out his portfolio.) You can get this in local grocery stores at around Php80-90. Just like the name suggests, it's dark, it tastes rich and roasty. A bit bitter than your usual beer, still, you'll love it like we do.

Taken at Patrick Fernandez's studio (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Corona. Every Fast and Furious movie franchise fans have tried or been meaning to try this beer, as popularized by the man himself, Vin Diesel. You can avail one in your local grocery stores for Php90+ per bottle, add in a wedge of lime or lemon to get the best of it. Now if you want to know more about the connection between Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and Corona, I've stumbled upon this fun article here. It's very detailed and amusing to read. And for another trivia, did you know that Corona is currently the number one fast-selling imported beer in the U.S. and number five in the world? Yup. It's that good.

Taken during one of our drinking sessions (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Hoegaarden. We love it whenever our dads share a good bottle or two of beer with us, it always fuels a meaningful conversation about life and all other things in between. It was a couple of years ago, my Dad ordered Hoegaarden saying it's a Dutch beer and knowing that I'm hella crazy about anything Netherlands-related, I took a sip and nodded. "Lekker!" So yeah, I learned that it's technically Belgian beer since it was first brewed in Hoagaarden, Belgium. Anyway, I love this because it's light, smooth and citrus-y. It's a good lunch beer, I always try to get one whenever available. The last time I checked, I think they have one available at Meshroom and/or try asking at Panaderia Antonio Bakery and Restaurant.

Taken at McGettingan's Clarke Quay Singapore (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Erdinger. One of the best beers I've tried so far. For me, chili king crab is its best food pairing. There is a gentle bitterness in it, but it's mostly wheat and malt and lemon zest. I remember attending a party hosted by EMAS back when I was still working as a marketing executive in the offshore industry, parties like that open doors for potential clients, business partnerships and life-long friendships. But you gotta drink just like everyone, it's a way of breaking the ice. Usual dialogue: "What are you having?" "Erdinger." "Ahh good German beer." "Love it. My name's ....." 

Taken at Boat Quay Singapore (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Krombacher. I took this photo below after a refreshing afternoon dip in the pool with my family. And yes, times like this calls for a light, crisp, refreshing drink as well. Krombacher is easy on the taste, there is almost no heaviness in this drink but it's a very good beer for a German pilsner. Don't worry, after a few glasses you'll still be fine. Trivia: Krombacher ranks number two among Germany's best selling breweries.

Taken at Swiss Club Singapore (c) @lvlygrey instagram
This is what a true beer lover's grocery look like. Compared to my Dad, who owns most of the drinks below, I'm only level 10 and he is level 999. I like Stella Artois too (below - canned), twice I went to 71Gramercy that's what I got. It's also light and easy to drink, there's a subtle sweetness to it also. But I have to agree na it tastes like Heineken. It's good, it's okay. Priced at around Php100+ at 71G. I've also tried Leffe, it's my Mum's preferred beer because it's light and a lady's drink daw

Taken at Fair Price (c) @lvlygrey instagram
Special mention ang La trappe because that's the first beer I had this year, during the New Year's Eve countdown I was holding a bottle of it. Sayang lang I don't have a good photo of it to include here but I think I still have the new year's video on my Facebook page eh, you'll see there. Haha! So anyway, siguro after reading this you might think that I would drink any beer in front of me. No naman. Just like food, we should try everything and from there choose which ones we love the most and which we would rather not have again. Pag sa love life, don't try everything, you have the right to be choosy. Hahaha!

So do you think I'd pass up as a novice beer cicerone? I still have a lot to learn and I still am not sure if I'd take this seriously... probably not. Haha! On the other hand, I enjoyed writing this entry and writing is my first love naman talaga even though I didn't take up a course back in college na related to it. 

[Random person shouting in the background] : Woooh, shot mo na!

So, ikaw? What's your go-to beer? Share and comment below.