CNN features Philippines’ first female-led brewery

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CNN Travel has featured Palaweňo Brewery, the first female-led brewery found in the island paradise of Palawan.

Palaweno Brewery

The CNN video feature and accompanying article published in May, shows how the first and only craft beer in Palawan began with Aya Javier’s foresight of how craft beer can be a unique business in the Philippines.

Javier chose to set up the brewery in Palawan, known worldwide for being a top beach destination.

"When people come on vacation, most of them are traveling halfway around the world," says the Palaweño's founder and brewmaster.

"So when we are brewing beers, we want that to emulate whatever Palawan is all about. We try to incorporate what is Palawan, like our honey here — we have three types of honey in Palawan.

And what makes it a local beer is the water — so clean and pure."

Producing the Ayahay Craft Beers, the Palaweňo Brewery offers 5 homegrown beer flavors that are handcrafted and manually prepared using local ingredients and from other corners of the world: Hunter (Honey nut brown ale), Ayahay Ipa (India pale ale Happy beer), Palaw’an (Honey Kolsch Tribal Beer), Palawan Wit (Belgian wheat beer, The Last Frontier’s first craft beer), Ambog Ale (American amber ale brewed with extra ego).

The craft beers brewery currently prepares nearly 1,200 cases of beer monthly for distribution to restaurants, hotels, and bars in Puerto Princesa, their home base.

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