Beer drinkers will love Tio Padre, the latest chill place at the 365 Mall in San Nicolas. “It’s a bar and at the same time a wine store. We’re the only one in Northern Luzon who offers American craft beers. We also serve wine by the glasses and tapas,” says restaurateur-turned-bar-owner Marlon Valdez. Because I’m not a beer drinker, I had to ask him what sets craft beers apart. “Craft brewing is an art.” And then he proceeds to differentiate it from industrial brewing. Microbreweries or craft brewers are able to produce a limited amount of unique beers with more flavors. There’s a different taste for every beer drinker’s palate that is why Tio Padre carries a variety of craft-brewed beers and ales that will go well with their cheese or cold cut platters or Ilocos longaniza presented as chorizo, etc..
“It’s a place where you can meet and talk, with smooth jazzy or classical tunes in the background,” Marlon adds.
Arrogant Bastard ale, Hop Ottin’ and Golden Monkey are their top three bestselling beers. Women love the Gordon Biersch beers so I bought 2 different kinds for my friend. Ericke raves about the Hefeweizen. Next time, when I have more time, I’ll try the food and maybe have a sweet malty beer myself. I also intend to get a few bottles for the kitchen. Beer-battered prawns, yum!
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