The Tasting Corner moves into Craft


On the eve of the strongest typhoon of the year, Global Beer Exchange moved its Tasting Corner of almost a hundred different beers to Craft Pub & Grill at the Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City, but neither torrential rain nor unyielding wind could stop the beer geeks united from celebrating this momentous event.

photo from Global Beer Exchange’s Facebook page
The lineup for the night, arranged by increasing International Bittering Units (IBU), was composed of Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen, Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock, Chatoe Rogue First Growth Creek Ale, Anderson Valley Poleeko Gold Pale Ale, Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale, Ballast Point Big Eye IPA, Rogue Mogul Madness, Stone Cali-Belgique Belgian IPA and Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale.

The idea was to do a vertical-type tasting, moving up from beer to beer based on their IBU’s. Not everyone did that though, as the more dedicated hopheads, already with a clear idea of what they wanted, jumped straight to the Stone brews on the right. I personally gave the Cali-Belgique a second chance, having been disappointed the first time I tried it, and I think that it acquitted itself pretty well. Yeasty and not quite as hoppy as your standard IPA, but well-balanced. If you keep in mind that it’s supposedly brewed in the Belgian and not the American west coast IPA tradition, then I guess it emerges as a pretty decent beer. My favorite for the night was hands down the Poleeko Gold Pale Ale from Anderson Valley Brewing Co. Gentle and subdued in its interplay of malt and hops, and very drinkable. I’d say it would make a good session beer at only 5.5% ABV.

Chicken wings – three ways, nachos and California cheese rolls

The food that night was excellent as well – a sampling of the best that Craft Pub and Grill had to offer. A full buffet spread of tender, medium-rare rib eye with a trio of sauces, loaded nachos, a variety of wings, california cheese rolls and their trademark home fries made for very happy tummies throughout the evening. Top it off with a lineup of ten overflowing craft beers reinforced with additional bombers of Sculpin IPA, and it was a beer lover’s paradise.

photo from Global Beer Exchange’s Facebook page

There was some good company to be kept that night as well, as representatives from the press, restaurateurs, bar owners, homebrewers, beer-drinking professionals and professional beer-drinkers all celebrated having a special place for craft beer lovers to call home. As much as we miss the homey, cozy ambiance of the Global Beer Exchange Tasting Room at Greystone Gallery in Prince Plaza, we’ve all come to love The Tasting Corner over at Craft, which provides a different kind of experience with live music, and good, affordable American pub grub. Congratulations to Jim and GBEx for a smashing night!

The Truth Commissioner speaks

For those interested in trying out craft beers, in a friendly, non-intimidating environment, head to Craft Pub and Grill every Thursday evening at 6.p.m. for Craft Beer “Thirstdays!” Get to learn about beer without any of the pretentious snobbery and become part of the family. Check out Global Beer Exchange on Facebook to see what’s being featured for the night.

(Unless otherwise stated, all photos ganked from “The” Thea Ancheta, amateur photographer, anaesthesiologist, acupuncturist and beer geek extraordinaire)

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