HONOLULU, HI — Buko brown ale, pandan blond, calamansi coconut sour: Beer Lab Hawaii not only made sure to highlight Philippine flavors, but this local brewery also wants people to taste what it’s like to help.
Beer Lab Hawaii collaborated with Pride for Philippines for its goal to promote and protect the archipelago’s natural resources.
Beer Lab owner Nicholas Wong said he was approached by Pride for PH representative and local entrepreneur, Lanai Tabura, for a collaboration.
“I was kind of blown away by some of the things he was sharing with it and being from here, employing a lot of our people, local people from here, especially our brewer Eulerson and our assistant brewer Chris, there’s a lot of connection back to the Philippines and especially taking care of the ocean, taking care of the aina here in Hawaii, it’s really resonated with something we would love to support.”
So Beer Lab Hawaii decided to brew three different Philippine-flavored specialty beers for the collaboration.
“This beer would be influenced by Filipino flavors, stuff that I grew up with. Sometimes dessert, sometimes savory food.”
Each flavor is connected to a special memory from head brewer Eulerson Pajimula’s childhood.
“He really had the free reign on what he wanted to make, create, share and yeah, these were the three flavors that he came up with that were pretty amazing.”
Part of the proceeds from the three specialty beers will go to Pride 4 Philippines and its efforts to help promote and protect the environment.
To get a taste of these beers and support the cause, go to any of Beer Lab Hawaii’s three taprooms on Oahu.