Katipunan Craft Ales
It’s no secret the craft beer revolution has spread far and wide, to even the most far-flung corners of the globe. But although the Philippine capital is becoming very well-versed in boutique brews born elsewhere (courtesy of Makati’s The Bottle Shop and Global Beer Exchange amongst others), good homegrown brews have remained elusive, if nigh on non-existent.
Until now, that is, with the establishment of Manila’s own Katipunan Craft Ales, a small-batch operation started by four, beer-loving school friends and proud purveyor of flagship brew, Indigo Pale Ale.
With a wonderfully light, amber body, Indigo also caters to the local palate with sweet and fruity, yet slightly bitter and spicy notes that come courtesy of cinnamon and anise. Newer to the family still is the even lighter, German kolsch-style Summer Down the Road ale, a straw-yellow, warm weather refresher inspired by long road trips and, wait for it, Barry Manilow. Oh, Mandy!
Now carried by myriad bars, restaurants and bottle shops across the city (including Route 196, Sa Kanto and Ritual to name but a few), and with sights set on more blends and wider distribution to come in the near future, Katipunan is catapulting to the top of the boutique heap. They’ve got high hops indeed!