What’s in a beer?

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Sofitel’s bubbly beer tower

Sofitel’s bubbly beer tower

It’s not only during Oktoberfest that beer-drinking is observed in the country. Actually, beer is long considered by Filipinos as a staple alcohol during happy hours or simple gatherings, adding flavor to conversations throughout the night.

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But did you ever wonder why you often feel more energetic and creative after drinking a bottle or two of beer?

Beer contains B-vitamins, and minerals like calcium and magnesium, which are derived from the raw materials from which beer is brewed. The B-group vitamins play essential role in cell metabolism for energy production from the food you eat.

The popular San Miguel Pale Pilsen, for instance, is made from a mixture of water, malted barley, cereal grains, hops and yeast. It uses malted barley and cereals as its carbohydrate source. Hops are added to impart bitterness and characteristic aroma to the beer. Brewing process converts the complex carbohydrates into simple sugars which are fermented by the yeast to produce this alcoholic beverage.

Beer also makes your creative juices flowing. A study in US in April 2013 has revealed that drinking beer is good when you are searching for an initial idea. It focuses your brainpower on making connections. Beer frees up your brain to think creatively.

In celebration of Oktoberfest, The Manila Times has gathered more reasons to enjoy beer, while being energized and getting a creative boost.

@Sofitel
Join the most authentic German beer festival in the Philippines at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila’s Harbor Garden Tent on October 17 and 18. Guaranteed to make you sing and dance all night long is the world famous original Hofbräuhaus band and show from the legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich, founded by the Duke of Bavaria in 1589. First time in the Philippines is also Lissie, internationally acclaimed female yodeller.  For inquiries, call Sofitel Philippine Plaza at 832-6988 or e-mail reservations@germanclub.ph.

@Diamond Hotel
Diamond Hotel Philippines celebrates the Beer month not with one feast, but three. The first place to visit, if you want to delight in a free flow of San Miguel Pale Pilsen, is the Lobby Lounge. The next beer destination is the Sky Lounge where you can enjoy your bucket of six German beers. The Poolside Bar is your third stop over to indulge in your favorite drink of the season. For inquiries call 528-3000 local 1121.

@Discovery Suites
Inspired by the famous 16-day Oktoberfest celebrations in Germany, Discovery Suites’ Serendipity Lounge offers a Buy 1, Take 1 deal for San Miguel Draft Beer available from 5 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. until October 31. Complementing the refreshing beer offer is a special a’la carte menu of tasty appetizers comprised of Assorted Grilled Sausages served with Sauerkraut and Grilled USDA Tenderloin Medallions, among others. For inquiries, call 719-6822, or e-mail fbds@discovery.com.ph.

@Oakbar
Beer and music lovers are in for an ultimate treat as The Oakroom Bar celebrates the world’s most awaited beer fanfare. Until today, feast on sumptuous German favorites such as nurnberger sausages, sauerkraut, and leberkaese, among others, and down it with unlimited local beers. The Oakbar is located at the 6th floor of Oakwood Premier Joy~Nostalg Center Manila in Pasig City. For inquiries, call 637-7888 or e-mail premiermanila@oakwoodasia.com.

@McKinley Hill
Gear up for another exciting celebration of all things beer this October as Megaworld Lifestyle Malls stages the McKinley Hill Beer Festival. Running for the whole month of October, the beer festival promises a revelry overflowing with fun and excitement for beer connoisseurs, beer enthusiasts and partygoers with over 100 craft and imported beers, beer-infused dishes and non-stop entertainment ready for their indulgence, plus a chance to fly for free to a dream destination. For inquiries, call 709-9888, 709-0888 or visit www.megaworldlifestylemalls.com.

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