brews con­trol

If you’re gonna go out and drink in the heart of a nearby Asian city—or even right here in Manila—here are the beers you need to go try

Scout - - FOOD - By ROMEO MO­RAN Pho­tog­ra­phy by PA­TRICK SE­GOVIA


MADE IN China IS a pil­sner; there’s an OG brew made with spring­wa­ter, and a more typ­i­cal brew. ABV 4.7% AC­TU­ALLY tastes great de­spite the in­tim­i­dat­ing gi­ant bot­tle. Not strong, but the sheer amount of beer to drink in one bot­tle will get you lit faster.


MADE IN Sin­ga­pore IS a pretty com­mon pale lager that’s re­ally pop­u­lar around here, if you’re go­ing for a for­eign brew. ABV 5% HOW GOOD IS IT? So good it’s won awards around the world, and our taste test (up on Scout­ proves its uni­ver­sally loved, and well worth the hype.


MADE IN Ja­pan IS a com­mon Ja­panese rice lager (yes, it’s made of rice, but that’s nor­mal in Asian coun­tries). ABV 5% PICK THIS OVER THE OTHER JA­PANESE BRAND IF you want your Ja­panese beer to be a no-non­sense drink. In that case, you bet­ter be drink­ing it in Ja­pan; oth­er­wise, you prob­a­bly should be get­ting a lo­cal beer.


MADE IN Ja­pan IS an Amer­i­can-style pale lager that tastes a lit­tle fruity. ABV 4.90% PICK THIS OVER THE OTHER JA­PANESE BRAND IF you want a Ja­panese beer that tastes a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, al­though beer taste can be sub­jec­tive.


MADE IN Thai­land IS a light pale lager that goes down easy. Like that light pilsen you see most nights around here. ABV 6.4% PER­FECT FOR get­ting buzzed with friends with­out spend­ing too much on the way, if you’re drink­ing it abroad. Here, though, the bot­tles are smaller, so it isn’t as treach­er­ous.


MADE IN In­done­sia IS a lager that’s a lit­tle more on the bit­ter side. ABV 5% BEST EN­JOYED dur­ing a warm evening on a beach that’s pretty close to the equa­tor.

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