Saturday, May 3, 2014

Food Pairing with Craft Beer Hits the Metro

Craft beer is here!  A revolution in appreciating pale ales is happening in Metro Manille.  Top that with fine food, and you've got a dining experience that is truly enjoyable to the palate.

The Perfect Pint:  Craft Beer + Fine Food, which is aptly called, because of its perfection in handcrafted beer, is a recently opened gastro pub that is worth trekking to.  Located in at the urban Bonifacio Global City, it is the latest addition to hip dining places already thriving in the area.  

It is a concept developed by the Tempongko brothers: Alec, Noel Jr. and Raymond, who are out to change the perception of beers in Manila.  The Perfect Pint does not serve local commercial beer. Instead, The Perfect Pint only offers craft beer, mostly of which are brewed locally by fellow Filipino-owned independent breweries.  Local beers from Katipunan Craft Ales, Craftpoint Brewing Company, Pivo Praha Corporation, G Point and Fat Pauly’s will be available on tap and bottles. On top of that, The Perfect Pint offers its own limited edition home brews to create excitement for customers and allow them to experience something new and refreshing.

Mr. Noel Tempongko, Jr., one of the business owners, intends to let consumers start
appreciating the pairing of their craft beer and food and see the difference.

Not to be outdone in serving the best food to go with these beers, The Perfect Pint sought out the help of highly-acclaimed Chef Gene Gonzalez and his team, to create menu items which paired perfectly with the different types of craft beers.  Some of the mouth- watering pairings include Truffle Fries with Czech Weizen, Kapal Muks with Pale Ale, Liver-wrapped bacon with Dark lager, Smoked Angus Tapa with Egg with Pale Ale and Stinky Pizza with Weizen. Even their dessert, freshly-baked caramel smores are paired with dark pilsen.

I enjoyed the dishes, which were personally prepared by Chef Gene Gonzales.

Another business owner and brother of Noel, Mr. Alec Tempongko states, “The quest for the ‘perfect pint’ represents a continuing journey, a cause, if you will - to provide consumers with "a notch higher" experience, better choices and introduce them to the delectable world of craft beer & food pairing experiences.  Corollary to this vision is to provide a venue for our young local craft brewers to showcase their brews.”

Katipunan.  My craft beer of choice for the night.

So who says only wines are the best to pair with food?  Beers, crafted ones in particular, can do the job perfectly!  

The Perfect Pint is located at 2nd Floor CrossRoads Building, 32nd Ave. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.  Tel. (02) 823-1320. Like them on Facebook.  Please click here.