The first craft beer festival in Pampanga is set on December 2 to 4 at the Marquee Mall, Angeles City.
Dubbed the ‘1st Annual Angeles City Craft Beer Festival,’ it will gather together the latest Philippine-based craft beers and imported beers in one place and time.
Organizers of the festival plan to bring together 15 micro-breweries, along with several imported craft beer brands from the US, Japan, Belgium and Ireland, that will offer over 100 varieties of craft beer.
Craft beers are made by hand using the highest quality ingredients, with no preservatives or chemicals, and come in literally endless varieties with varying tastes and alcohol content.
The craft beer festival is the idea of American Ted Lerner, a 21-year resident of Angeles City.
Lerner, also a noted author and boxing ring announcer in the Philippines, came up with the festival idea after tasting some local craft beers.
“I absolutely love beer but for years, I’ve been terminally bored with drinking beer in the Philippines because of the lack sheer of variety. But, this has all started to change as the craft beer revolution which has swept the world has started to kick in here,” he said.
Lerner’s company TLC Promotions will organize the event.
Lerner also mentioned Pinatubo Craft beer as the first micro-brewery in the Angeles City area.
“Two German and their Filipino partners started brewing real German beer in Angeles City a year ago. When I tasted their beer, I said, ‘this kind of thing is the future of beer in this country,'” he said.
The craft beer festival is supported by the Department of Tourism in Central Luzon headed by regional director Ronnie Tiotuico.
Tickets for the festival will be available mid-October and will cost P250 each, which includes free one craft beer.