Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — October is finally here, which only means one thing: it’s beer lovers’ favorite time of the year.
The Oktoberfest, the annual two-week beer and music festival, may have originated in Munich — but the German tradition is also widely celebrated in various parts of the world including the Philippines.
It’s no secret Filipinos love a good glass of beer — whether it’s accompanied with a good barbecue feast or a sports show of your choice. But with a wide selection of this favorite drink also comes a lot of misconceptions.
So what’s the truth about beer, really?
Myth #1: Beer makes you fat
Where does the dreaded beer belly really come from? Some people automatically associate the drink with more calories, but there are quite a lot of low-calorie options for those “on a diet.” Fruit-flavored juices like orange and apple, as well as some variations of wine and milk actually have more calories than a regular bottle of beer.
Myth #2: Beer is best served ice-cold
The question of serving your beer ice-cold or warm is actually a matter of preference — and beer type. Several beer types are ideally served at room temperature, but variants like stout, porter, and ale are best served warm.
Myth #3: Beer is unhealthy
Global studies show moderate beer intake actually poses several health benefits. Gluten-free beer, in particular, can lower cholesterol levels. The anti-oxidants in beers can help reduce the chances of heart disease and diabetes. The presence of minerals like silicon can meanwhile strengthen the bones.
Filipino beer-lovers can learn more about their favorite drink when Resorts World Manila (RWM) holds its annual beer fest in the country on October 4 to 5.
The “October Fiesta,” which comes inline with RWM’s 10th anniversary, gives Oktoberfest a delightful Filipino twist as it features over 300 craft beer styles from more than 30 local craft brewers who are members of the Philippine Craft Beer Community.
Attendees can ‘mix and match’ the craft beers with signature RWM ‘pulutans’ including Franks’ Pinoy Hotdogs with flavors Adobo, Inasal, and Bistek Tagalog; Franks’ Sisig Wrap; RWM Fiesta Ham; and Bolahan’s selection of ‘tusok-tusok’ favorites.
The two-day festival will likewise feature performances from Paolo Santos, Migz Haleco, Davey Langit, New Maincas, Julius, Hans Dimayuga, Tiara Shaye, Juno, and Hello Ceasar.
“October Fiesta is definitely an event that Filipinos will truly love because it promotes a culture of true appreciation for food and craft beer pairings that’s completely different from the usual drinking sprees we see on TV during beer fest” Resorts World Manila Director for Corporate Communications Joee Guilas said. “It’s a true celebration of Pinoy flavors and music.”
Door charges for October Fiesta are at Php1,000 inclusive of five Resorts World Manila beer chows, three local craft beer servings, and one raffle coupon. Meanwhile, for only Php400, guests may enjoy two local craft beers samples and one souvenir pilsner glass.
Visit www.rwmanila.com or download the RWM Mobile App for more on RWM’s October Fiesta.