J. MARIO MCDER­MOTT

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Day job:

Good man­u­fac­tur­ing prac­tices con­sul­tant

Af­fil­i­a­tion/prom­i­nent craft beer en­thu­si­ast:

Craft Beer As­so­ci­a­tion of the Philip­pines

Home brew you’re most proud of:

“Bel­gian Sum­mer Sai­son. It has a nice body that is slightly dry, but still tastes a lit­tle sweet.”

“Pearl of the Ori­ent Pale Ale from Great Is­lands Craft Brew­ery, San Miguel Su­per Dry, Cerveza Ne­gra (blended, which is ac­tu­ally even bet­ter) if there is no craft beer avail­able.”

Fa­vorite lo­cal beer:

While he thinks there is no per­fect brew as the process is es­sen­tially an “art,” Peppo be­lieves con­sis­tency can be achieved given that it is also a “science.”

A ba­lik­bayan box from the US in 2009 con­tain­ing beer kits got him started with craft brew­ing. Peppo re­calls: “We brewed a pale ale then, us­ing liq­uid ex­tract and DME (dry malt ex­tract). My brother and I were so ner­vous the fol­low­ing day when fer­men­ta­tion was at its kräusen (mean­ing), spit­ting out beer foam all over the floor.”

Be­ing based in Ili­gan City, where he says life is so sim­ple that peo­ple “don’t have the need nor want for mod­ern gas­tro­nomic in­dul­gence,” was also a fac­tor in his de­ci­sion to craft his own beer. “I just wanted to brew and share it to peo­ple and friends here so that they will be ed­u­cated on craft beers.”

Who would’ve thought a birth­day gift in 2008 from his Dutch friend—a beer deck ex­plain­ing its var­i­ous cat­e­gories—would be­come a source of ful­fill­ment for Peppo ev­ery time he makes a suc­cess­ful batch.

“From that day on, brew­ing has be­come a part of my life, maybe even when I be­come old and can­not drink beer any­more,” he says. “It’s an in­fi­nite quest for knowl­edge, to brew beers be­yond per­fec­tion and to in­no­vate and create other pos­si­bil­i­ties that have never been ex­plored be­fore, us­ing all the in­gre­di­ents imag­in­able.”

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