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Pinay food technology from Davao creates durian beer and we are excited!

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Created by Kriza Faye Calumba, 31, the fruit beer is made from durian. Calumba, who live in the durian capital of the Philippines in Davao has created  a healthy beer with probiotics and durian rind powder.

This spiky fruit divides opinion due to its intense odor which has been described by its critics  which smell like a rotten fish and unwashed socks. But with Calumba's pushed to provide a taste like a usual beer, your concerned in terms of odor has been eliminated and it was perfectly blend to strong presence of beer  with extraordinary probiotics content. 

“It probably took more than half a year for us to determine the right ingredient formulation, mixing the malt, water, hops and yeast, as well as brewing and fermentation processes to make the probiotic bacteria thrive in the beer,” Kriza, who is a self-confessed beer lover told

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“Probiotic products are shown to have gastrointestinal health benefits. They can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and improve our immune system,” Kriza added.

Calumba, studied elementary and high school at the Ateneo de Davao University and graduated from college at the University of the Philippines-Mindanao with a degree in Bachelor of Science (BS) in Food Science and Technology.

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In 2017, Calumba received a Fullbright-CHED scholarship for her masteral study at Louisiana State University in the US. There she invented “ale beer” with 4.39 percent alcohol content and probiotics. She used durian powder to make probiotic bacteria alive.

She now works as an Assistant Professor at the UP-Mindanao Campus in Brgy, Mintal, Davao City.

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