Pepper Guide: An Introduction to Local Craft Beers from Type to ABV

Pepper Craft Beer Guide

Whether it’s karaoke night, an evening out to hit the city hotspots, or even a day out on the beach, beer is the drink for all casual occasions. Going to the grocery to grab a six-pack is uncomplicated enough since local classics like San Miguel and Red Horse are ubiquitous and nearly a staple in stores everywhere. However, not all good brews can be found in supermarket aisles. Enter craft beer.

Although commercial beer never gets old, craft beer has been one of the most hyped-up beverages lately. Although small, independent, local labels have been brewing up concoctions that are worth every calorie, not everyone is familiar with resident craft beer brewers, nor with the different varieties of the drink. Here’s a basic guide to get people started.

  • Pale Ale: Pale ale is beer made from predominantly pale malt. It is the more general term for its several variations.
  • India Pale Ale (IPA): IPA is a type of pale ale with the strong bitter taste of hops, a flower used to give flavor to, as well as stabilize, beer.
  • Double IPA: Double IPAs are a stronger, hoppier variation of the IPA, with a standard ABV (alcohol by volume) of 7.5%.
  • Triple-Hopped Double IPA: The Triple-Hopped Double IPA is an even hoppier take on the IPA, and with even higher alcohol content, reaching ABVs of over 10%.
  • Blonde Ale: Visually, what sets this beer apart is its pale color. In terms of flavor, Blondes are subtly sweet from the malt and slightly bitter from the aromatic hops.
  • Black IPA: Also called “American Black Ale” or “Cascadian Dark,” the Black IPA is distinguishable because of its dark brown to pitch black color. It is a malty type of beer, with hints of a roasty flavor.
  • American Pale Ale (APA): The APA is distinguished from other pale ales because of its strong use of American hops.
  • Belgian IPA: This type of pale ale was inspired from the IPA and Double IPA, and originates from Belgian brewers. It uses various malts and usually uses American hops but are finished with Belgian yeast strains.
  • Extra Special Bitter: The Extra Special Bitter is a pale ale made in the United Kingdom’s style. Its ABV ranges from around 4.2-5%. The bitterness of this beer is actually one of the weakest in the brewer’s range.
  • Kolsch: The Kolsch is a German-style pale ale, originating from Cologne. This brew has a clear, light yellow color. Its standard ABV ranges from 4.4-5.2%
  • Wheat Ale: Wheat ale, or wheat beer, is brewed with a larger proportion of wheat to the proportion of malted barley.
  • Bavarian Wheat: Bavarian Wheat is a variation on the Wheat Ale from the German state of Bavaria. It is also called “Weissbier,” which translates to “white beer” in English—referring to the pale malted wheat used in the brew.
  • Brown Ale: This beer is brewed from 100% brown malt.
  • Porter: The Porter is a type of dark, hopped beer developed in London.
  • Baltic Porter: The Baltic Porter is a sweet and robust porter originating from Baltic states. It has a smoky, bitter taste to it and is high in terms of its alcohol content, reaching ABVs of up to 10%.
  • Fruit Beer: Fruit beer is a type of beer brewed with the brewer’s choice of fermented fruit. The chosen fruit gives the beer its flavor.

Joe’s Brew

Craft Beer Guide: Joe's Brew

Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

The 34th Pursuit
Type: IPA
ABV: 6.8%

Sun Sweeper
Type: Double IPA
ABV: 7.3%

Fish Rider
Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

Sierra Madre
Type: Wheat Ale
ABV: 5%

Juan Brew

Craft Beer Guide: Juan Brew

Pale Ale
Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

Bavarian Wheat
Type: Bavarian Wheat
ABV: 4%

Nipa Brew

Craft Beer Guide: Nipa Brew

Type: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Tropic Haze
Type: Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.50%

Midnight Blur
Type: Porter
ABV: 5.5%

Bliss Point
Type: Brown Ale
ABV: 5%

Baguio Craft Brewery

Craft Beer Guide: Baguio Craft Brewery

Englishman in New York

Type: American Pale Ale
ABV: 6%

Message in a Bottle
Type: Black IPA
ABV: 7.6%

Type: Baltic Porter
ABV: 6.3%

Type: Triple Hopped Double IPA
ABV: 10%

Type: Strawberry Fruit Beer
ABV: 5%

Key Wheat
Type: Kiwi Fruit Beer
ABV: 5%

Crows Craft Brewing Co.

Craft Beer Guide: Crows Craft Brewing Co.

Mala Hierba
Type: IPA

De Puta Madre
Type: Double IPA

Crazy Carabao

Craft Beer Guide: Crazy Carabao

Exit Wounds
Type: IPA
ABV: 6.6%

Kalinga Kolsch
Type: Kolsch
ABV: 4.5%

Tuff Tuko
Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

Tarsier Wheat
Type: Wheat
ABV: 4.6%

Turning Wheels Craft Brewery

Rippin’ Red
Type: Red Ale
ABV: 6%

Mountain King
Type: IPA
ABV: 7%

Turning Point
Type: Double IPA
ABV: 8.5%

Type: Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.3%

Pedro Brewcrafters

Craft Beer Guide: Pedro Brewcrafters

Endless Summer
Type: Wheat Ale
ABV: 5%

Type: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5%

Elementary English Ale
Type: Extra Special Bitter
ABV: 5%

Fat Pauly’s

Craft Beer Guide: Fat Pauly's

Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%

Craftpoint Brewery

Craft Beer Guide: Craft Brewery

Summer Sessions
Type: Blonde Ale
ABV: 4.3%

Type: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.5%

Type: India Pale Ale
ABV: 7%

Type: Belgian IPA
ABV: 7.5

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