The Beer Experience…Filipino Style
December 12th, 2009 by Jeff

And now for another BEER UPDATE……. Beer in the Philippines is marginal.  The beer of the masses is San Miguel/San Miguel Light which is your standard Bud/Bud Light variety lager beer.  There is also a Red Horse brew that is really brewed by ….. you guessed it….San Miguel; they just make the alcohol content a little higher than in the San Miguel name brand and call it Red Horse “Extra Strong”.

But in the Philippines the San Miguel flows most prominently when people are grilling on the Bar-B-Q, and that seems to be happening 24/7 in this country.  No joking.  (Therefore the rest of this beer blog will be devoted to the Filipino grilling experience – just assume were drinking beer as we eat – because we are)!

The first 48 hours we were in this country we had grilled food 4 of the 6 meals (we just didn’t grill our granola and yogurt in the morning for breakfast).  And I loved all four of the meals.  We had grilled tuna belly at the first restaurant that our fine host, Arber Armobit (he works for my company AIT at our Cebu facility and insisted on hosting the girls and I for our first few days in country) took us to.  Then we went to the mall for dinner.  Yes the mall, but that was the second option.  For his first choice, Arber did try to take us to his favorite, family run, picnic bench on the side of the road, establishment; but due to the typhoon warnings (just a lot of rain – no real wind to speak of, don’t worry families) they weren’t cooking.  However, the mall food was great!  We had fresh grilled chicken which they serve with a soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice and optional freshly crushed hot pepper, YUM!  We all scarfed down the food on our plates and even contemplated eating the breast-wing combo Tessa inadvertently tossed to the ground while pushing it off her skewer (fortunately for Arber’s dog, Tessa restrained herself).

The next day for lunch we went to another mall and had, you guessed it, grilled food.  I chose swordfish and it was quite tasty.  Arber also loaded us up with a few different side dishes like, ceviche, coconut seafood soup and some kind of Jell-O dessert for the kids.  It was far and away the best mall meal I’ve ever had.  I would go back in a heart beat.

Lastly for dinner that day we went back to the grill on the side of the road, which was now running at full tilt.  Arber and I picked out chicken, pork and fresh homemade sausages.  Arber tells me this family runs this operation complete – raising the chickens and hogs, butchering the meat fresh daily, making the sausages, marinating the food, and cooking it for their guests.  Everything was fresh, delicious, and very affordable (our meal for eight ran about $19.00 – which included rice, fruit smoothes for the girls and BEER).  Kate was a little hesitant at first with the sausages, but after her first bite she was asking for more!  The only advice on grilling I could give this family, would be to add some portabella mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, and eggplant to their grilling enterprise.  They certainly had the meat thing covered.

So in conclusion, the Philippines had the “beer” meal nailed (maybe with the exception of the lack of a few veggies); they just need to put together a few better options on beer beverage itself.



3 Responses  
Greg writes:
December 14th, 2009 at 5:38 pm


I am glad to see that you are going to be highly educated on beer when you return. My only concern is if you will ever like American beer again. ;0) I hope all is well with you guys and it looks like you are having a lot of fun! We wish you all a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Please post some photos of other countries holiday celebrations when they occur. Peace.


Anita (Nana) writes:
December 15th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Well Phoebe, your dad spoke of cocnut seafood soup. Just maybe Nana will make your cocnut pancakes for Uncle Curtis and Aunt Sarah on their visit 12/25. So will be thinking of you all.
Tessa, your dog has enjoyed a few tidbits from Pappy. Nice try for the dog. Shugorei really likes pappys plain American cheese singles.
Jeff, your cousin Cindy just gave me her delicious grilled eggplant receipe while in LA. So will share next year with you.
When mom sees Minda, I will ask her if she has a “hometown” favorite beer or her hubby Joe on his visits to her homeland?

Duffy writes:
January 11th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Okay…Since I’m expecting everyone to write their own book about the travels…I hope you will write “The Joy of Beer…Sampling Beers from Around the World”.

We’ve been busy, in and out of town…all is well and we wish all of you the Happies of New Years.

Pat and Duffy

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