Craft beer brewery soon to rise in Baguio

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Friday, May 2, 2014


"IT'S all for the love beer," says brewery owner and Baguio born Chris Ordas, who owned an engineering and safety company in Canada before starting his Craft Brewery Company here in Baguio.

The Baguio Craft Brewery is still in its installation phase with all the brewing equipments carefully being set in its right place.

Chris Ordas, the owner and company president, explained his days of drinking beer with friends in his garage that got them started to brew their own beer.

Industrial partner Arnold John Miguel, who works in a big Canadian Brewery company, jammed with Chris Ordas in his garage and shelled out the idea with friends to try out brewing their own craft beer. Thus, a partnership started with other friends in putting up their micro craft brewery.

"Craft Brewery is now a big business in North America," said Ordas, "There are at least 5,000 listed micro breweries operating in North America alone and mostly cater to high end customers who prefer to pay higher for a well flavored beer rather than the beers being offered by large breweries," Ordas added.

Miguel’s extensive knowledge in Craft Brewing will be the company’s main feature. “We will be brewing six beer flavors on our opening and hope to have more in the future,” Miguel explains, “But all of it will depend on the ingredients availability.”

“Strawberry, Passion Fruit and Raspberry are some of the fruits and flavors we are going to brew for our beers and that would always depend on its availability,” said Miguel.

Ordas explained the prices would come at a higher rate than the local beers, but the flavor and the taste would surely be the main selling point of their products.

Even the product labels show a distinct Cordillera name such as Kabunyan, a German Wheat beer with 6.5 percent alcohol content; Lagud, a strawberry flavored beer with 5.6 percent alcohol content; Dalom, a seven percent brown ale; Pugaw, an India pale ale; Daya, a Munich Helles Lager and Kay-ang, a Czech pilsen brew.

The Baguio Craft Brewery occupies two stories of a newly constructed building along Marcos highway adjacent to Puregold.

Ordas explains the Baguio Craft Brewery is not here to compete with the giant beer breweries that have a large market and client list. “We love beer and we are beer drinkers, we just want to give our future clients a different taste and flavor for their beers,” Ordas added.

“It’s all for the love beer,” says brewery owner and Baguio born Chris Ordas, who owned an engineering and safety company in Canada before starting his Craft Brewery Company here in Baguio.

The Baguio Craft Brewery is still in its installation phase with all the brewing equipments carefully being set in its right place.

Chris Ordas, the owner and company president explained his days of drinking beer with friends in his garage that got them started to brew their own beer.

Industrial partner Arnold John Miguel, who works in a big Canadian Brewery company, jammed with Chris Ordas in his garage and shelled out the idea with friends to try out brewing their own craft beer. Thus, a partnership started with other friends in putting up their micro craft brewery.

“Craft Brewery is now a big business in North America,” said Ordas, “There are at least 5,000 listed micro breweries operating in North America alone and mostly cater to high end customers who prefer to pay higher for a well flavored beer rather than the beers being offered by large breweries,” Ordas added.

Miguel’s extensive knowledge in Craft Brewing will be the company’s main feature. “We will be brewing six beer flavors on our opening and hope to have more in the future,” Miguel explains, “But all of it will depend on the ingredients availability.”

“Strawberry, Passion Fruit and Raspberry are some of the fruits and flavors we are going to brew for our beers and that would always depend on its availability,” said Miguel.

Ordas explained the prices would come at a higher rate than the local beers, but the flavor and the taste would surely be the main selling point of their products.

Even the product labels show a distinct Cordillera name such as Kabunyan, a German Wheat beer with 6.5 percent alcohol content; Lagud, a strawberry flavored beer with 5.6 percent alcohol content; Dalom, a seven percent brown ale; Pugaw, an India pale ale; Daya, a Munich Helles Lager and Kay-ang, a Czech pilsen brew.

The Baguio Craft Brewery occupies two stories of a newly constructed building along Marcos highway adjacent to Puregold.

Ordas said the Baguio Craft Brewery is not here to compete with giant breweries that have a large market and client list. “We love beer and we are beer drinkers, we just want to give our future clients a different taste and flavor for their beers,” Ordas added. (Larry Fabian)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 03, 2014.

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