You can get a taste of Pepi Cubano and Bar Pintxos at The Bottle Shop BGC
There's more than beer!
(SPOT.ph) "It's an updated and friendlier version of the hardcore Magallanes branch," is how Global Beer Exchange's Jim Araneta would describe the brand new The Bottle Shop at Bonifacio Global City.
Things do get intense at the original TBS in Magallanes, which has become quite the temple in which local hopheads worship. Jim, after all, deserves to be given credit as the original prophet of craft beers in the country. Back when Filipinos were ordering commercialized "fizzy, yellow beer" by the bucket, he brazenly introduced small-batch imported beers that offered better quality and more complex flavors. Suddenly, we realized what we were missing, and we're now hooked on white ales, IPAs, and stouts from all sorts of places, from Oregon to Sydney.
That pretty much explains why walking into TBS Magallanes could be quite the intimidating experience for your average bar-goer. It has become a regular hub not just for craft beer fanatics but also for the fast-growing group of local brewers. The BGC branch (where Araneta partnered with the Andreses of Candy Corner), however, feels more inviting and offers much more than craft beers and spirits.
Araneta gave SPOT.ph a taste of the BGC "updates." For one, they offer more than bar nuts and cold cuts. Fans of Alabang cult favorite Bar Pintxos need not go too far south for a taste of their authentic Basque bar bites. Bar Pintxos chef and owner Miguel Vecin trained the cooks at TBS to expertly assemble their bestsellers, such as the Jamon Alioli (P229), Chatka (P195), and Pequillo Peppers stuffed with Jamon and Brie (P249), among others.
Another trending establishment—Pepi Cubano—was tapped to serve pressed sandwiches to pair with their flavorful beers. Both the Pan de Pollo (P359) and Choripan (P359) are winners in our book.
Call it an international cast of beers.
Jim also offers beer flights for both beginners and "not-so-beginners." There is the more complex line-up which consists of The Cebrewery's People Power Pale Ale (P250), Rogue's American Amber Ale (P275), his own The Guru IPA, and Anderson Valley's Heelch o' Hops (P350). There is a science to all this, the beers sequenced according to IBU (International Bitterness Unit) and flair complexity. It's a great way to enjoy and appreciate just how diverse beers are beyond the local pale ales and light beers we have grown accustomed to.
While we polished off our expertly mixed glasses of Jim & Tonic—Hendrick's gin, cucumber, lemon, and siling labuyo—(P495), Jim shares how the bar is attracting a younger crowd, which explains the chill/house tunes in the playlist. The bar itself is stocked with a wide selection of top-shelf liquor, including some bottles of Kavalan "The Solist" single malt whisky. After a couple of glasses, Jim (in true Jim fashion) blurts out, "Let's f*cking finish this!" He offers the good stuff, so we don't see why the f*ck not.
The second branch of Global Beer Exchange's The Bottle Shop is at G/F Net One Plaza, 3rd Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City.