This booth at the Toronto Wine and Spirits Festival was serving up three different beers and a mango drink. I never did have the Carib and instead tried the San Miguel Beer from the Phillipines.
San Miguel Beer is brewed, naturally, by San Miguel Brewery. The Philippines, as I understand, is a country consisting of many closely located islands in the South China Sea so San Miguel Brewery located five of its breweries on the three main islands of the Philippines, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, for easier product distribution.
The brewery opened in 1890 as La Fabrica de Cerveza de San Miguel and in 1963, became San Miguel Corporation with the brewery operating under the corporate umbrella. San Miguel Beer, known as San Miguel Pale Pilsner in the Philippines, was the first product produced by the brewery and is its number one seller. The brewery does quite well as in 2008 it held 95% of the beer market in the Philippines.
Time to find out why!
The beer pours a light golden colour. Despite being in a new, un-rinsed plastic glass, there was a small head on the beer. I sensed a little hops in the aroma. When I sipped it, the beer had a little watery mouth feel with a slight sense of hops. The hop bitterness increased into a very pleasant bite in the finish. This is the type of pilsner I like!
I would definitely buy this for my beer fridge but it is not available at the LCBOs in our area. It looks like I'll have to go down to the big LCBO on Queens Quay to get some.
Hmm, might be time to head down to the Quay for a shopping trip!
Beer of the Week Stats Beers
Canadian Bottle at the Festival