Filipino-Spanish Ian Paradies left his job at one of the world’s largest port management companies in the country to pursue what he loves—beer.
The 34-year-old admits not knowing anything about making it, but shares with pride that he has years of drinking experience under his belt.
For his venture to work, Paradies searched high and low for a brewmaster with the right combination of knowledge and experience to make a reality of his vision.
Eventually, through mutual friends and a few email exchanges, he met Josh Kanter, the owner of the popular Proclamation Ale Co. in the United States.
With Paradies’ background in marketing and advertising and Kanter’s experience in running the award-winning brewery in Rhode Island, they started Engkanto Brewery.
Their goal? To introduce to the market a line of high-quality craft beers that fit the average Filipino’s palate and pocket.