San Miguel Beer is the foremost Filipino beer, brewed locally since the early 1890's, and exported all over the world. The San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is one of the Philippines' largest companies, with holdings in most food products in the local market.
also sells other brews aside from its pale pilsen
, including dry beer
(San Miguel Super Dry), a superlative dark beer
), ice beer
(Blue Ice), light beer
(San Mig Light).
Aside from its breweries, San Miguel also produces Ginebra gin
(known locally as "marca demonyo
" from the label depicting St. Michael
defeating a demon) and the Anejo
and Bravo Rums
In the mid-1990s, a competitor, Asia Brewery, started producing a copy of San Miguel's famous pilsen, marketed as "Beer na Beer" in nearly identical bottles. You'll find that it tastes almost exactly the same - Asia Brewery successfully wooed away three of San Miguel's finest brewmasters to get the recipe. Despite several lawsuits, it is now selling at a price slightly lower than San Miguel, and is now regarded as a serious competitor to the older brand.
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Also, the Spanish name for St. Michael the Archangel. Numerous towns in former Spanish colonies are named after him (as towns are often named after their patron saint). graceness points out that Portuguese colonies use "Sao" instead of "San" as a prefix for names of saints.
Any Catholics you know named Miguel are probably named after him, as babies are traditionally named after the saint whose feast day falls on their birthday.