Craft beer revolution trickles down to South America
We move across the Atlantic pond today to Latin America. South America would not be the first place that come to mind when one thinks of craft beer. However, “the times they are a changing” as the newest recipient of the nobel prize for literature would say. Microbreweries are popping up all across the continent usually associated with rum, caipirinhas and wine.
The beer revolution is slowly but surely making its way across the beautiful content as Gideon Long discussed for BBC. Sales are growing year on year, between 20% and 40% every year according to Daniel Trivelli, president of Copa Cervezas de America craft beer contest. In Chiloe for example there are over 250 craft beer breweries producing around 1,500 different beers.
There is even a shift in the region between the traditionally favoured tight low-alcohol lagers to stronger and more nuanced beers.
From a region of the world that prides itself in its flair, passion and flavour, this is an extremely exciting development for the world of craft beer. Beers like the Negra Modelo, which is essentially a Muinch-Dunkel has caught of attention in the past, a medium-bodied lager with slow-roasted caramel malts. There is surely hundreds of untapped craft beer gems that are just waiting to be discovered in the region. Heres hoping that Latin American craft beers will be the new big trend for 2017.