As the crow flies, so to speak, it was only a natural progression for Josemari Cuervo, brew master and the founder of Crows Craft Brewing & Distilling Co., to wade out into the unchartered territory of whiskey.
His latest and most heady endeavor to date, Crows Single Malt Whiskey, has set the precedent being that this is the very first single malt produced out of the Philippines. A bold and gutsy Philippine first that Cuervo ought to be proud of.
Prior to his nose dive into hard liquor, Cuervo started brewing in 2010 (Crows Brewery began in 2013). By now you would be a fan of his west coast-influenced #NotForEveryone Crow’s Carte Blanche white IPA, Pale Ale, De Puta Madre Double IPA, and Mala Hierba IPA.
Soon after, and with gin taking the drinker’s world by storm, he proceeded to distill spirits, specifically his own special spin on botanical gin. Hand-crafted from a small-batch distillery using 23 foraged botanicals from Bulgaria, Chile, China, Croatia, Egypt, France, India, Morocco, and the Philippines, Crow’s gin is vapor-infused with select Philippine citrus fruits and flora. This, he launched early 2017.