Craft beer in Antigua Guatemala
Guatemala, like Central American countries in general, is not in the big league when it comes to craft beer. Artisan beer is not very popular (yet) and the amount of micro breweries is not very high, but craft beer is no longer an unknown concept of course. There are more than twenty breweries in Guatemala altogether, and the amount of microbreweries has increased during the past couple of years. There is potential for the growth of craft beer, especially in the cities where are more tourists and expats, but the cheap commercial lagers will keep dominating the market for sure. In this post we introduce two small breweries in Antigua Guatemala, a beautiful colonial town and a tourism hot spot. We visited Antigua Brewing Company and Antigua Cerveza in December 2019, during our travels in Central America. The brews of both of these artisan breweries were mostly really tasty, but the prices were very high compared to the price level in Guatemala in general.
In our FinnsAway travel blog you can read more about the city of Antigua Guatemala
To spread the knowledge about craft beer and to get people engaged in it, Antigua Cerveza educates not just consumers, but also all the staff of the bars and restaurants that sell their beer, and hosts training sessions at the brewery, from the art of brewing to pouring beer and pairing it with food. The flagship beers of Antigua Cerveza are Muy Noble Blonde Ale, Don Nadie Amber Ale, Sin Novia IPA and Cucurucho Stout, and they have several seasonal beers too. The cozy brewpub of Antigua Cerveza is located right in the Antigua town centre.
Antigua Brewing Company
Of the beers that we tasted in Antigua, our favorite was Don Nadie Cafe, an American-style Amber Ale with coffee by Antigua Cerveza.
Have you tasted Guatemalan craft beer, and/or visited Antigua? Share your thoughts in comments!
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