Beers Paradise is located in the newly cemented Polaris St. in Makati. It can be easily spotted as it has a colorful signboard on what is a one-way street. Ones' curiousity is immediately aroused by the signage tagline - "100 kinds of beers".
As we entered, we were greeted by very friendly waitresses who also became our sources of answers as we started querying them about the beers - many of which we were unfamiliar with. In truth, at this time Beers Paradise has even more than 100 beer brands - including Satan, Lucifer and Judas. The owner is a Belgian who thought of introducing Begian beers to the Filipino beer-drinker. Apparently, Belgium has the most numerous locally brewed beers in the world. All counted, there are more than 1000 types of beers in that small country. The bartender playfully related that "bawa't barangay dun gumagawa ng sariling beer" - to which I playfully responded - "buti pa dun, buong barangay nakikinabang... dito barangay captain lang ang kumikita".
Ever the consumate beerhog ... I couldn't do without "pulutan". The menu is fitting of a restaurant more than a tavern ... appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, pates, pastas, entrees, specialities, desserts. Ever conscious of my doctors' advise to eat more seafood and less fat, I chose to benchmark their Lechon Kawali (crunchy), Spicy Squid (very spicy)and Gambas (not great). I took a mental note of the fact that every Wednesday, they have mussels available.
Beers are assigned specific glass or mug styles, so that what you experience are not only different beers but also different glasses. Be prepared to spend a bit as the beer prices are averaged at about 150-250pesos per bottle depending on the brand. After a couple of different beers, I topped my evening with a bottle of Desperados (a beer-tequila) at a pricey 346pesos a bottle.
If you are adventurous enough to spend a few more bucks than usual for your beer - then this paradise is for you.
Beers Paradise Tavern and Restaurant
#36 Polaris St. cor. Durban St.
Bo. Poblacion, Makati
Tel. - 895-9272