Tuesday, March 29, 2016

First Sip: Baguio Craft Brewery

Visiting Baguio is always fun. Aside from the cool and fresher than Manila breeze (sad that I have to make it relative as Baguio is turning into another Manila with its crazy traffic and trash problems), I love that I get to disconnect from everything. Yes, disconnect because I literally have no signal at R’s rest house. 

On my birthday weekend, we were crazy enough to head to Baguio during Panagbenga Flower Festival. But it wasn’t totally a crazy idea as traffic wasn’t that bad going to the land of strawberries and ube jam. It wasn’t even traffic in the city. Then again, must visit restaurants like Café by the Ruins are packed. *cries*
R2 happened to be in Baguio too that weekend as Grab had a GrabHorse promo in Burnham Park. We arranged to meet up on our last night there and R2 recommended Baguio Craft Brewery.

We agreed to meet up at the brewery around 10 p.m. and when we got there, R2 was nowhere to be found. Apparently, he was still around Hill Station that time.
While waiting for R2, R and I opted to get a glass of beer each. I went with Lagud (PHP170) while R got Rolling Fog (PHP170). 
If you're tired, you might not enjoy this place as there are very limited seats inside. There are only about 10 uncomforatble bar stools inside. I guess the owners do not want people lingering around.

After a few minutes, our drinks arrived. 
Lagud (5.04% ABV and 20 IBU), which is a strawberry flavored beer, tasted like beer with syrup. I felt that there was absolutely no harmony between the natural bitterness of beer and the sweetness of strawberries
R's wheat beer, Rolling Fog (6.1% ABV and 21.52 IBU), tasted strange too. It was slighter bitterer than mine. 

R2 arrived after a few sips. Undecided, R2 asked for samples. 

Whaaat? R and I didn't know we could ask for samples. If we knew, we could have chosen a better tasting beer

R2 went with the fruit beer called Keywheat (5.04% ABV and 20 IBU) which is a word play to incorporate the beer's flavor, kiwi. And it tasted a lot better than our drinks. It was light and refreshing.

I learned my lesson. Always ask for free samples. 

Note: ABV means Alcohol By Volume while IBU means International Bittering Units.

Baguio Craft Brewery is located at RKC Building, 120 Marcos Highway, KM 4, Baguio City, Benguet.

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