A New Must-Have in Batanes – Locally Brewed Sweet Potato Beer

by Matthew Escosia
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By: Mabel Villanueva


A foodie knows that life is about tasting signature dishes and delicacies, so if you’re looking for something new, you may want to try Ivatan Beer – Batanes’ first and only locally brewed beer.

Ivatan Beer is made of sweet potato, locally known as wakay. It was developed in 2018 through the research and development of the Batanes State College (BSC) funded by the Department of Science and Technology.

“The fact that the Ivatan Beer is made from the locally-grown ‘wakay’ or sweet potato, which is abundant in the province of Batanes, the product becomes even more interesting and appealing to the locals of Batanes,” said Dr. Alfonso Simon, President of BSC, in a statement by Batanes State College.

First introduced during Batanes’ Science and Technology Caravan, the beer is now being produced by Tawsen Agri-Ventures through a technology licensing agreement.

The Batanes-based business venture says that Ivatan Beer will “immensely contribute to the flourishing Batanes’ tourism industry.”

Last April, the first batch of over 3,000 bottles was produced and became locally available in Batanes, and with word spreading fast about the product, it’s only a matter of time before we can have a taste too!

What are your favorite locally brewed beers? Share it with us in the comments section below!

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