22 (Sat) March 2014
Taste Test: The San Miguel Family (+ Pancit Canton)
in my apartment
in my apartment
Even before living in the Philippines, San Miguel Pale Pilsen has been one of my all-time favorites beers (to the extent that I have favorite beers).
San Miguel is a Philippine beer brand (no, Gustaf, not Spanish). Founded in 1890. About 95% domestic market share. In addition to the flagship Pale Pilsen, the company offers many sub-brands, including Light (2nd most popular/prevalent), Premium All-Malt, Super Dry, Red Horse, Cerveza Negra, and Zero--more, particularly in overseas markets, but those are the products currently available at my local supermarket.
I conducted a taste test to determine which one that I like best.
The winner was the (1) Pale Pilsen. Well-balanced, hoppy, rich, dry--globally famous/popular for good reason.
Fortunately, I happen to have exactly 7 glasses.
As for the others, I wasn't that impressed. In order of preference, (2) the Premium All-Malt was okay but a bit too intense/sweet on the finish; (3) the Cerveza Negra was okay but not rich enough as a dark beer; (4) the Super Dry was mediocre, like a bland American-style lager; (5) the Zero was totally tasteless but surprisingly decent for a low-cal (not zero-cal) beer; (6) the Light was almost exactly the same as the Zero but higher in calories; and (7) the Red Horse was terrible, like malt liquor, pumped up on the alcohol.
For dinner, I whipped up a bowl of pancit canton. Not really traditional pancit canton, just a hodgepodge of ingredients, including shrimp, kangkong, peas, stir-fried with pancit canton noodles, plus various aromatics, seasoned with soy sauce, fish sauce, oyster sauce, shrimp paste, and liquid seasoning. Good enough, good with beer.
On my last trip to Korea, I brought back my Snow Peak portable stove; butane gas canisters are sold in local Korean markets in the neighborhood; so much easier than the electric range in my apartment, and much cheaper, given the high cost of electricity here.
BTW, the 2.5 rating for this post concerns the pancit, not the beer.