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5 Places to get your Flavored Beer Fix

September 15, 2011

Everyone’s favorite beer now comes in Apple and Lemon flavor! San Miguel’s Alcoholic Malt Beverage (AMB) contains only 3% alcohol, so it’s lighter than other beers. It’s also sweeter, tasting almost like a softdrink (some even liken it to Cali or juice). Since I first tasted this a few months ago, it’s been my preferred drink, and I now find the taste of San Mig Light, pale and premium too bitter.

Between the two flavors, I prefer the lemon, as the apple is just a bit too sweet. While these beer variants have been around for a while, they are only served in selected bars and restaurants, so not everyone has heard of them. If you want to try it out, here are some places we’ve personally tried that do serve flavored beer.

1) Alan’s Grill, Cubao X
Cubao Expo (formerly Marikina Shoe Expo), Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao
(02) 913-2231
Price per bottle: P40

One of our favorite watering holes in the artsy Cubao Expo area also serves flavored beer. Current favorite dishes include the bulalo steak (a must-try!), crispy tadyang and crispy fried hito. They also have very appetizing sounding combos for larger groups (ex. platter of inihaw, shrimps, liempo, chicken, squid, alimasag, tomato-mango ensalada, eggplant with bagoong). Alan’s Grill has excellent pulutan choices and decent prices.

2) Dencio’s, Metrowalk

G/F Metrowalk Commercial Complex, Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig City
(02) 631-3545
Price per bottle: P55

Beer is a little more expensive in everyone’s favorite drinking spot Dencio’s, but the well-loved Pinoy favorites like crispy sisig, calamares and crispy pata are worth paying for when you’re dining with friends or family. There’s no need to tell you about Dencio’s as I’m sure everyone has eaten here. There are lots of branches to choose from, so this would be the easiest place to try out the flavored beer.

3) Greenhouse Grill
31 Matalino Street, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 9215320
Price per bottle: P35
Facebook page: Greenhouse Grill

This laid-back restaurant along Matalino St. serves a wide range of affordable dishes and appetizers. Bands also play from Tuesdays to Fridays, at 7:30 p.m. to 12:00 m.n. so you can enjoy your dinner or drink with some live music. The trees and plants give Greenhouse a cozy vibe, and (so far) it’s not as crowded as some other places in the area. I haven’t tried a lot of dishes, but their mini-steak with mashed potatoes (P150) was pretty good for the price.

4) Red Salmon Grill
45-B Maginhawa Street Quezon City
Price per bottle: approx. P35-40 (will verify)
Facebook page: Red Salmon Grill

This relatively new Maginhawa restaurant serves delicious hot off-the-grill seafood specialties. Salmon dishes include sinigang na salmon, grilled salmon and delicious salmon sashimi. Unfortunately, the flavored beer, as well as the salmon sashimi, are not always in stock. Based on several visits, they tend to run out of both quickly. Other noteworthy dishes include the pork barbecue, tuna sashimi and cream dory drowning in butter with tomato and cheese, which is good for about three people.

5) Convenience stores & groceries

Price per bottle: P22-P27

Just our regular grocery cart for the week

Why order per bottle when you can buy in bulk at a much cheaper cost? 🙂 Some convenience stores like Mini Stop and 7-11 sell flavored beer alongside regular staples, but the best option is to buy your beer in groceries like Shopwide, Makro or Rustans. Don’t forget to bring old bottles for the deposit, and you’ll save yourself a few bucks.

I hope San Miguel decides to keep the Lemon & Apple flavors permanently. There’s a poll going on in their Facebook page on what people want as the next flavor, and so far strawberry is leading (others choices are Four seasons & orange).

NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. I just like flavored beer that much. Oktoberfest na!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2011 7:35 am

    Kara, na-try mo na yung Cherry beer ng Shift Bar? Houseblend siya at infernez, it’s good (for a non-beer drinker that is). It’s right across SaGuijo 😀

    • September 16, 2011 3:46 pm

      Hey Nina. Haven’t tried cherry beer yet, though I’ve tried watermelon and calamansi in Pino. Ferdz also mentioned that there’s some interesting flavored beer at the Collective. SaGuijo is in Makati right? Medyo tamad kasi kami lumayo sa UP area for drinks :p Thanks for the tip though.

  2. September 24, 2011 7:54 am

    Cool! May flavored beer na pala si San Miguel. 🙂 Naalala ko tuloy yung flavored lambanog na we usually drink ‘coz it’s cheaper. hmmmm.. haven’t tried any of the flavored beer yet. Mukhang masarap lalo na kung sobrang lamig..

    • September 25, 2011 1:21 am

      Hi Bino! Haven’t had lambanog in ages. Malakas masyado – but I remember may weird flavors din yun like Bubble Gum :p

  3. November 1, 2011 1:56 pm

    greetings Kara, I really love your blog and this particular entry. beer is awesome! something about the logo of San Miguel that never fails to put a smile on my face.

    I’ve always wanted to travel the country like you do. aside from enjoying the beauty of the countryside and its people, I want to drink what the locals drink. from basi, tuba, and lambanog. the authentic stuff. more power to you!

    • November 2, 2011 1:15 am

      Thanks TZH. I’m also interested in trying out the local brews from all over the country. It would be interesting to match up all the local brews like rice/cashew wine/tuba etc. with a unique dish from the province. Cheers! 🙂


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