Baguio Craft Brewery: Tasting the Best Beer in the City

My friends told me that your Baguio Vacation will never be complete without experiencing the best tasting beer in the city. Baguio Craft Brewery offers locally brewed beer in a great location where you can spend time with friends and love ones. This place grew from a simple inspiration which became as one of the best spots in Baguio City. (Post Updated: May 14, 2019)

The Inspiration

This premium pub started as a simple home brewery. The owner, Mr. Christopher Ordas, learned how to brew beer in their garage when he was living in Canada. He then decided to put up his own brewery in the Philippines and opened its door to the locals of Baguio City in 2014.

Apart from the popular pilsner that we know, Baguio Craft Brewery uses natural ingredients in making their own beer. According to their craft story, they don’t add any additives or chemicals to their drink. That’s why local customers and travelers love visiting this place.

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The lively atmosphere of Baguio Craft Brewery (Baguio City Branch)

Baguio Craft Brewery Location

Right now, there are two (2) available locations of Baguio Craft Brewery. Their main branch is in Baguio City and the second one is in Cebu City.

Baguio Craft Brewery: Basic Details

Baguio (Main Branch): 120 RKC Building, Marcos Highway, Km 4, Baguio City, Philippines

Cebu Branch: Inez Villa St, Apas, Garden Bloc, Cebu IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines

Contact Number: (074) 620 -2278 (Baguio Branch) / (032) 324-7929 (Cebu Branch)

Opening Hours: Weekdays – 5:00PM to 1:00AM / Weekends – 1:00AM to 1:00AM

We are going to focus on the Baguio City Branch for this post. My friends and I visit this place regularly every time we have a short trip to Baguio. Here’s our quick guide, review and experience of Baguio Craft Brewery.

How to go to Baguio Craft Brewery in Baguio City?

The Baguio Branch is located at the outskirts of the city. We took a cab going to this place and this is the easiest method for commuters. If you have your own car, go to Ben Palispis Highway (formerly Marcos Highway) and you’ll find the RKC Building on the left. Alternatively, you can use Google Maps for navigation.

Photo of Entrance to Baguio Craft Brewery

Baguio Craft Brewery Review and Experience

After our shopping spree in Baguio Night Market, we took a cab from Harrison Road and went to Baguio Craft Brewery. The bar is positioned on a hill which will let you view the cityscape of Baguio at night.

Photo of a Lady Serving Good Tasting Beer in Baguio Craft Brewery

Look at those unique beer taps!

Upon entering the place, we immediately noticed the beautiful beer taps at the centerpiece of the bar. The taps are decorated with indigenous Cordillera Art and with printed labels on it. The pub has a rustic vibe and the cool atmosphere of the city provides comforting ventilation inside.

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Ale is the Way

Baguio Craft Brewery offers 21 different craft beers from their taps. The beers are mostly brewed from ale and it has a distinct flavor and bitterness. Fruit beers are also available, which are their bestsellers, as well as beers brewed from wheat and roasted malt.

They categorized their crafted beers according to ABV (Alcohol by Volume – amount of alcohol in a given volume) and IBU (International Bitterness Unit – a standard unit used to measure the bitterness of an alcoholic drink). Zigzagger has the highest ABV at 10% and IBU of 150; it’s also labeled as “triple hopped.”

During our stay, we tasted some of their creations for free. I tried the Sh-wheat Talker (Wheat Wine) and Anomaly (Tropical Ipa), and Sh-wheat Talker has some earthy taste while Anomaly is too bitter to my liking. You can check their complete list of crafted beers here.

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The centerpiece bar at the top floor of Baguio Craft Brewery.

The Chill Vibe

Baguio Craft Brewery also has a bar at the top floor of RKC Building. This part offers a good view of the city, the unique taps at the centerpiece, and wide open windows for cooler ventilation. The venue is also perfect for simple social gatherings while enjoying the cool winds and warmth released from your favorite beer.

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Enjoying our Craft Beer!

Photo of Ripe Passion Fruit Beer in Baguio Craft Brewery

The sweet and tangy Passion Fruit Beer

We spent most of the night at the top floor of Baguio Craft Brewery. My friends and I shared memorable stories together while enjoying our tasty craft beers. I ordered their Passion Fruit Beer and it has a sweet and tangy flavor in it. It doesn’t smell like a beer since it has a strong aroma of passion fruit. Similarly, one of our colleagues ordered the Keywheat which is infused with kiwis. These fruit beers are still bitter to my liking but I do love it.

Wrapping Up

Overall, our short stay and experience here in Baguio Craft Brewery was enjoyable. They also offer meals in this place and their ingredients came from the farms of Benguet. You will surely have the freshest Filipino dishes and it’s perfectly paired with their own crafted beers. Surely, your Baguio trip will never be complete without experiencing Baguio Craft Brewery.

Complete Your Baguio Vacation

Check out our most comprehensive travel guide in Baguio City. This post contains places to visit, recommended restaurants and hotels to stay, and itineraries! Click the link to learn more: Baguio Itinerary 2019.


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15 Comments. Leave new

If ever I will visit Baguio again, I’ll definitely visit this place. I like the idea drinking craft beers. Hehe. 😂 Aside from that the place looks like instagram worthy. I love the interior design especially that unique beer faucet. ☺ Thank you for sharing.

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Not a beer drinker at all but I see some good ambiance. Would be great to hang out with friends. Am sure my beer loving friends would be keen. Nice pics

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I don’t really like beer.But I love the brewery it looks so aesthetic .I feel tempted to go and sit for hours just to gaze around the whole place.Even I don’t like the bitter taste of beer but the concept of a beer with a fruity taste seems new to me I must try that out

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Sandy N Vyjay
August 9, 2017 2:24 PM

The Baguio Craft Brewery visit looks like one of the must do activities in Baguio city. Looks like a nice and heady experience to round of a tiring day. I am sure you guys had a great time.

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This is wow. I’m not a huge fan of beer, but whenever I get to hear that it is crafted well with so much love, I would definitely try and don’t care If get drunk. I love their location as well and its just a coll place to just chill after a tiring day.I actually haven’t heard about this one in Baguio and I’ll surely drop by here If I get the chance to visit Baguio again. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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Any beer woth more than 150pesos is already expensive for me, lol

But the place looks nice and I’m sure many locals go there

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Beautiful post on the ales. I have suddenly seen a surge in craft breweries in India too in cities like Pune, Bangalore and Hyderabad. While I am not someone who understands the concept behind breweries, maybe you could touch upon how breweries came to be in the east apart from popular brands in each countries. Just helps a non beer drinker also understand and appreciate this.

Regards

Kartik
http://www.katchutravels.com

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    Contemporary breweries are just beginning to rise in the Philippines and I think Baguio Craft is one of its pioneers. Good thing that India also has it and I would like to try out your draft beers soon 🙂

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I’ve been to Baguio many times but never heard of this place. But I am not exactly a beer drinker (I actually hate it lol) so I don’t think I am missing a lot. I like the interiors though and their unique design on the beer taps. I noticed that the food is pricey, but it might be the only reason that would make me wanna go there. I may not drink beer, but I can eat a damn lot haha…

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    Just try and sip a little bit of their beer at least. A free taste is available upon request. All of them are bitter but I would recommend the Passionfruit beer which has a sweet taste on it with less bitterness. On the other side, I haven’t tried their food though hehe.

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This was a long reading session for me. Brewery is really a fascinating concept! It is a good form of Gastronomical tourism which is picking up, the world over. In USA, there is Coca Cola factory in Atlanta which shows the taste of Coca cola in different parts of the world. In some countries, Coca cola tastes like beer

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I’m not really a beer person. Truth be told, I haven’t had my beer spree ever and would never want to LOL But I’ll hang at this place anytime.. just hoping there would be something appropriate for me LOL

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