Beer! Beer! Beer! Glorious Beer!!!

I’m the kind of alcoholic alcohol enthusiast that doesn’t really care much about what kind of beer I drink as long as it’s cold. I mean, I know how to appreciate good beer when I taste one, but that doesn’t happen often because I don’t believe in paying for 200-300php for just one freaking bottle.

Turned out, I just didn’t know where to drink! Offbeat Cafe now serves imported beers. Germany, US and Belgium are just some of the countries that their beers are from. I got to taste 8 from Offbeat’s Beer Gallery and here’s how I found each and every one of ’em:

Astra (4.9% ABV- alcohol by volume, bitch! Hehe! 80php) – has notes of sweetness with a slight bitter bite at the end. Light taste. The feel of this German Pilsener is comparable to SML.

Bitburger (4.8% ABV, 90php) – has malty notes followed by a slightly minty and bitter finish. Taste similar to Astra. This is also a German Pilsener.

Oettinger (4.9% ABVl, 100php) – bready, sorta smells like bananas, has a little sweetness with a slight bitter finish. This according to the resident beergeek of Offbeat Cafe, Mr. Francis Panuncialman is the #1 selling beer in Germany aka the beer of and for the masses. And guess what, this is the beer that I liked the most. And no, that does not make me a lasenggera like what my friend Kevin concluded. :p

Konig Ludwig Weissbier (5.5% ABV, 160php) – has a caramel flavor (because of the roasted malts according to Francis, he’s like the Sheldon of beergeekery!), has more body than the 1st three beers, tastes like a biscuit! Yum! This is the favorite beer of Chef Mickey Wieneke, owner of Offbeat. I understand why this is his favorite but my heart liver still favors Oettinger. ❤

Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock (7% ABV, 130php) – has a light floral aroma, tastes fruity. This is my least favorite because well, I don’t like fruits. And the smell reminds me of jasmine. And I don’t like jasmine. The boys seemed to have liked this brew though! I wonder why! :))

Leffe Brune (6.5% ABV, 140php) – the caramel taste is more pronounced than the Konig. Francis said that Belgian beers are sweet because they add caramel sugar to the brew. I remember when I smelled it I thought of th arnibal that goes with taho. One of the boys said that this reminded him of Hoegaarden.

Boont Amber Ale (5.8% ABV, 150php) – I am no beergeek and I might sound pretentious for saying this but I will anyway… I liked the smell and the body of this beer and the color is gorgeous. As for the taste, it tastes a bit citrus-y and a bit caramel-y. Mwehehehe. :p

Summer Solstice (5.6% ABV 120php) – smooth, malty and lightly sweet. And it has a sort of vanilla aftertaste. One said it’s like cream soda! This American ale is my 2nd fave among all 8.

Other things I learned from this beer tasting session:

The history of beer is as exciting and as complex as the history of wine. There is a study supporting that drinking beer moderately can help one lose weight (OMG yaaaay!!!). Wine is too acidic for cheese, therefore pair cheese with beer! Hahaha! AND beer is normally reviewed considering its aroma, appearance, body/texture, aftertaste and overall impression. I guess I did pretty ok for a first timer in beer tasting then! Ang umangal, babasagan ko ng bote ng beer sa ulo! >:)

If you want to try these beers, visit Offbeat Cafe at The Collective in Malugay St, San Antonio Village, Makati. You don’t have to go to bars in The Fort or Jupiter and pay exorbitant amounts to drink. I suggest you pair these beers with Offbeat’s Bacon Fries and of course, their sinfully delicious Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. Drink and eat while playing Monopoly Deal. I sucked at this game that night but I think I’ll be lucky when I’m un-sober. :p

Cheers! 😉


listening to: The Beatles – Hey Jude

Bunny Night + Iyayo Night

Last weekend was a trying time for me, but despite the moments of wanting to cry my eyes out and wanting to hit someone’s head with a sledgehammer, I still had moments of laughing from my friends’ crazy antics and smiling from their unmistakable love and support for me. 🙂


I had 30mins of sleep but I couldn’t trade seeing my bunny children, Joko and Kwe for zzzz’s. We had (our second) dinner in Offbeat Cafe (with the special participation of Marie :))

I had some Bacon Fries (yes, bacon fries… sorry, I didn’t get to take a picture, na-excite ako masyado eh hahaha) and Croquettes.

Our poison of choice: Strawberry Beer, which according to Joko, “Packs a punch” and according to me, “Pucks a panch.” LOL

Kwe had the Offbeat Burger aka the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. Takaw mo, Baby Bunny!

More drinking at Wingman!

Mojito for me.

Blue Lemonade for Joko.

Beer for Kwe.

Also had their Deep Fried Snickers.

Our friend JR had a special participation. He’s a sign from God. LOLOLOLOL!


I wasn’t in the mood to eat, so I accompanied Yo to KopiRoti because she badly wanted to eat their Kaya toast.

It was my first time to try KopiRoti. So fine, I had to try something, too.

Soooo… for me, their coffee was so-so. The soft-boiled eggs tasted ok, but I really don’t like gooey eggs. Errrr…uhhhmmm… LOL. Anyhoo, I liked their Kaya toasts. 🙂 Kopi Bun next time. 🙂

No IyaYo night can be complete without alcohol. Well, except last Thursday when we went to wee Nam Kee to see out Twitter friends… Hello @pinoygossipboy! Loved spending time with you in Starbucks! Mwah!) Went to Central to see our friends Kiwi and Delight and their other friends. 🙂

Transferred to 7-11 right after Central called it a night. I didn’t want to go home until Haring Araw called it a day. :p

That’s me with Kiwi. We’ve been friends since 2003.

That’s Eunice, my FBFF (Former BFF hahaha) and Neil, our newest boybud.

And of course, I am Iya and she is Eunice aka Yo. Together, we are IyaYo! DUH. Lol.

I love my friends!!!! Thank you God for my friends. They are my constant. 🙂


listening to: O.A.R. – Any Time Now

Offbeat Cafe at The Collective

I’m glad that one of my favorite distinctive food places, Offbeat Cafe, has moved to The Collective in Malugay Extension. Easier for me to access. Like, 2 cartwheels at 4 na kembot lang, andun na ako.

Joko and I brought 2 of our friends to try the famous (naaaks… bestseller daw sa Mercato Centrale ito) Offbeat Burger aka the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. Well, Joko also wanted to eat it so she can max out her quota of 1 Krispy Kreme per month. Me, I wanted to try their melon beer.

my Offbeat dinner

Ay grabe. I had to remind myself that the Melon Beer’s errrmmm… beer and not juice. Ang sarap kasi! So refreshing! :p I had the Chili Willie with my green poison. It’s spicy fish sausage with relish and cheese in a soft bread. It was delish, as expected. But I still prefer Uncle Joe’s Sloppy Balls. :p

Vlad and Joko stocking up for Quiz Night at Murphy’s

Uncle Joe’s Sloppy Balls was what the boys had after they scarfed down their burgers in less than 7minutes. Ang tatakaw! LOL. I know that Vlad liked the burger coz it made him want another Offbeat creation. The sloppyjoe, he found good but he was nearing a food coma at the middle of eating it so he wasn’t able to give me a detailed description of how he found Uncle Joe’s balls. :p

with my lunchbud Eric

Eric, on the other hand, blogged his Offbeat experience. You can check out his veneration (lol) for the burger here.

the man behind the great food, Chef Mickey Wieneke (Chef Pancho was busy with his catering biz… miss you, Pancho!)

Talked to Chef Mickey and he said that they still have a stall in the latest craze of the Pinoy foodworld, Mercato Centrale. Ugh. I still haven’t visited Anton Diaz’s baby. I’m still not in my takaw-mode. Hindi pa pang-kaing construction worker ang appetite ko kasi.

Readers, if you plan on visiting Offbeat, visit them soon! They now have a promo of unlimited flavored beers for only P250.00! Which reminds me, I hope their Strawberry Beer is as fab as their Melon Beer. Gotta go there asap to find out! See you! x


For more info, you can add Offbeat in FB and in Twitter.


listening to: Florence and The Machine – Dog Days are Over

I can’t handle a 10-incher.

Went to Offbeat again and I tried the Uncle Joe’s Sloppy Balls. It’s tagline: “Can you handle a 10-incher?” I only handled 8 inches of this delicious, spicy, meaty goodness. The rest, I gave to Enzo by subtle force. LOL. Kudos to him for eating the rest of my sandwich after finishing the awesomely heavy Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger. (He liked it!!!) Double kudos for eating the burger with his barehands. Ang baboy!

For dessert, I had the panna cotta with peaches. A dozen hugs to Chef Pancho for making me happy with this cooked cream goodness. 🙂

Had no more tummy space after Offbeat. Went to B-Side, Capone’s and Central and saw Kiwi and Delight.

I failed to tell D about Uncle Joe. I’m sure she would have handled it effortlessly. Hehe.

Lalo naman si Kiwi. Bwahahaha.


listening to: John Mayer – My Stupid Mouth

Return to Offbeat

Went to Offbeat Cafe again last Friday. Told you I was gonna give the burger another chance. :p

Yaaaay! The burger wasn’t soggy anymore! The donut was zapped into perfection. And I am relieved that the side dish wasn’t Chippy. Hello, taro chips!

What really made me happy, though was their Bread Pudding a la Mode. It reminded me of Cafe Juanita’s Sticky Toffee Pudding. Yes, the heavenly delight that Joko and I can eat all day.

But boo! I’m still sad that there was no panna cotta again. 😦 So, that’s another reason to go back. Like my Wabi-Sabi experience, perhaps luck will be on the 3rd try. 🙂


PS Pasensiya na sa picture. Nalulusaw na yung ice cream. Hindi ko agad napicture-an kasi busy ako makipagdaldalan sa labas. Hahah!


listening to: Kelly Rowland – Commander

The Offbeat Burger

is the most sinful burger I’ve ever tasted.

Yes. Those aren’t buns. That’s a Krispy Kreme glazed donut with a thick beef pattie, bacon, cheese and fried egg in between. My doctor might bitchslap me if I tell him I ate this. OR he might ask me to get one for him.

If you want to get one for yourself, go to the OffBeat Cafe. It’s at 1406 Vito Cruz Ext. Cor. Balagtas St., Makati.

I actually didn’t like the burger so much. More than half of the burger was soggy: donut drenched in bacon fat. The pattie was bland, so I didn’t get my wish of sweet-salty magic happening in my mouth. I did appreciate the part with the non-soggy donut, so I’m going back to Offbeat to give this burger another chance. Plus, I want to try their panna cotta. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.


listening to: an unknown 60’s song

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