A match made in foodie heaven: Burger and beer pairings

Few culinary pairings are as iconic and satisfying as a well-crafted burger and a cold, local craft beer.

The marriage of flavors, textures, and shared casual experience make burgers and beers a classic duo. The all-too-familiar feeling of kicking back and enjoying a juicy, meaty burger on one hand and an ice-cold brewski on the other is unmatched.

The tag team of burgers and beer has, quite frankly, always been great and timeless ever since they were first paired.

Raging Bull Burgers’ Clean Slate, Kickin’ Chicken, Knockout Wheat Ale, Raging IPA, and El Toro Blanco.

The flavor-forward restaurant Raging Bull Burgers has partnered with local makers of craft beer to pair with its wide selection of burgers. The burger joint has a wide following among rockstar burger aficionados, and now offers some of the finest beers you’ll ever find.

Makati’s juiciest secret

Opened in 2021, Raging Bull Burgers’ branch in Makati easily turned The Rise condominium into an even better dining destination that’s off the beaten path.  Found right in the heart of the burgeoning North of Makati (NOMA) neighborhood, the district is becoming a cultural hotspot.

Individuals from different backgrounds come together in this locale to bond over shared interests such as enjoying the best of local music at a legendary gig spot or immersing in inspired designs within art-filled halls and warehouses. Once you’re done with all of that, stop by Raging Bull Burgers to satisfy that mad appetite.            

Best burgers in town

The most ideal pairing the chefs recommend is the signature Raging Wagyu burger and Raging IPA.

If you haven’t tried Raging Bull’s burgers yet, you’re definitely missing out on the star of the show. All its burgers have that just-right balance of savory and sweet flavors, topped off with a solid kick of a smoky taste from the charcoal grill the patties are cooked on.

There’s also whole bunch of toppings and condiments you can slam on the patty: caramelized onions, fresh lettuce, juicy tomatoes, chutney, cabbage slaw, mouthwatering cheddar cheese, pickles, and everyone’s favorite, bacon. Sauce it up with Raging Bull’s original barbecue sauces, hot sauce, Pommery and Dijon mustards, or tartar sauce.

Nipa Brew

Raging Bull’s secret to its unbeatable pairings is that here, the customer is definitely right. That is, there’s no right or wrong way to pair its burgers with its beers—when you come over, the way you want it will always be the best way.

“The buns are savory and complement the bitter and sweet taste of the beers. It’s true to Raging Bull’s philosophy to give only the best to our customers,” says Joris Rycken, executive chef, Shangri-La at The Fort, Manila. “Our signature cornmeal buns are made from premium corn and crafted locally by our chefs so we can ensure that the flavors are always on point.”

Raging Bull Burgers at The Rise building in Makati.

The experts over at Raging Bull Burgers highly recommend the craft beers brewed by Nipa Brew specifically for the restaurant. They’ve got three particular brews on tap: El Toro Blanco, whose citrus, spice, and subtle pine flavours pairbest with spicy and salty food, seafood, and chicken; Knockout Wheat Ale, which has tropical fruit notes and a sweet taste that goes well with chicken, seafood, and vegetables; and Raging IPA, also a citrus-tasting beer with hops that’s really good with spiced dishes, hearty stews, and anything deep-fried.

Order the Raging Wagyu, made with 100% Australian Wagyu beef, and pair it with the equally rockin’ Raging IPA, an ideal tag team made in burger and bear haven.

The most ideal pairing the chefs recommend to start off is its signature Raging Wagyu burger with Raging IPA. The hoppy beer perfectly complements the 1/3-lb. Prime Australian Wagyu burger with caramelized onions, chili chutney, lettuce, tomato, and dill pickle.

And if you want to know more and expand your horizons, Raging Bull Burgers’ crew is trained to help you find the best beer to have with the burger you’re getting. Just ask them for their recos and they’ll be more than happy to set you off in the right direction.

Raging Bull Burgers are located at Shangri-La at The Fort in BGC, The Rise in Makati, and Shangri-La Plaza Mall in Ortigas.

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