The Tasting Corner at L’Incontro and an 80’s gig at No. 38.
My entries are usually geared toward a more “serious” appreciation of food and drink, if you want to call it that. I’ve always considered food the only experience wherein all five senses really participate, and good food and drink is one of the simple things that I enjoy the most.
|Jim the “Beertender,” beervangelizing|
Sometimes, however, they play a supporting role, such as in the case of good food, good drinks and even better company. Such an occasion arose when Global Beer Exchange opened its third Tasting Corner at L’Incontro on Reposo Street in Makati. That wasn’t the only event worth commemorating that day. Aside from Jim’s GBEx opening its newest craft beer hotspot, friends and fellow craft beer aficionados Noel and Matt were also celebrating their birthdays. That said, this entry will not have any substantial tasting notes or whatnot, because I was too busy having fun that night, as with everyone else.
|The beautiful and friendly GBEx muses|
The lineup for the opening consisted of the Gordon Biersch Hefeweizen, Anderson Valley Boont Amber Ale, Rogue John John Juniper Pale Ale, Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale, Ballast Point Black Marlin Porter, Hitachino Nest Japanese Classic Ale, Victory Sunrise Weissbier and Helios Saison; and Stone Cali-Belgique IPA and Old Guardian Belgo Barleywine.
|The early arrivals picking their poison|
Having fallen in love with the Cali-Belgique IPA during our IPA tasting a couple nights before, I stuck with this drink from the open bar, although I did make sure to sample (liberally, if I may add) the Victory Sunrise and Helios as well as the Stone Barleywine. Some hors d’oeuvres were served, including fried cheese balls and grilled chicken, to go with the beers.
The pizzas – care of Noel, who celebrated his birthday on Labor Day – were nothing spectacular. I’d say their Quattro Formaggi was the best one of the bunch, but the rest were somewhat disappointing considering that L’Incontro is competing with the critically-acclaimed Caffe Caruso across the street.
On the other hand, the beers were excellent, as usual. We were also able to once again sample Global Beer’s new Belgian-style releases, Unibroue’s La Fin du Monde and Victory’s V12 Quadruppel. I ordered the GBEx special which included the La Fin, V12, Unibroue’s Maudite and Trois Pistoles, as well as Stone’s Old Guardian Belgo – all of which I’m currently aging. I’ll write about them once I pop them open, either after taking or passing the bar.
|The birthday boys and Alex at No. 38|
We capped the night off with an 80’s party for Matt’s birthday at their sports bar, No. 38, on Jupiter Avenue, with a live band playing dance music, accompanied by more good food and drink, including Chinkee’s award-winning chili and more beer from Global Beer Exchange. I’ll definitely be back there for the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea. I won’t post more pictures of the “after party,” but I guarantee that it was the most fun I’ve had in a while.