Latin America Craft Beer in Guatemala

Discussion in 'The Rest of the World' started by standardcherry, May 14, 2012.

  1. I doubt any people on this site live in Guatemala since the craft beer scene is pretty much non-existent. If you're ever traveling to Antigua Guatemala check out Reilly's (they don't have a website and I don't know the exact address but the city is small and this place is pretty well known). They had Brooklyn East IPA, Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Summer Ale and Guinness. The owner of the place is very interested in bringing more craft beer (hopefully some good stouts) to Guatemala so the list may change in the next few months depending on how successful this first round is.

    There is another place in Guatemala City that I've heard also has Brooklyn Lager and IPA. The place is called Bajofondo in Zone 10 but I haven't been so I can't confirm this. I know there are also a few shops around the city (in the basement of Oakland Mall, in Plaza Obelisco and in a few other places) that occasionally stock some decent European (mostly German and Belgian) beers. Nothing special, but I've found some decent pilseners, bocks, hefeweizens, ambers, and golden ales.
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  2. Brooklyn seems like the most international American brewery.
  3. I found some Brooklyn Brewery at Buddha Bar in San Pedro on Lake Atitlan.
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  4. DavenJDGT

    DavenJDGT Initiate (5) Jul 16, 2013

    I am from Guatemala and you can easily find Brooklyn Lager on the local supermarket now. Even some others like Benediktiner, however Reilly's is the only place that seems to sell Guinness
  5. Mojoguate

    Mojoguate Initiate (20) Guatemala Jun 14, 2014

    There's Guinness at Buddha in San Pedro la Laguna as well as the Brooklyns. They've got home made cider as well as Strongbow Gold cider in the bottle. They've had up 47 beers available at their peak during the last Oktoberfest including most of the Guatemalan beers, a wide array of German beers, Trappe and Leffe monk beers, a wide variety of Mexican beers, etc... Now they offer Moza and Gallo on tap, the only place in town!!
  6. There's a place called Hops & Tales Pub in Antigua Guatemala, they have a really good craft beer selection from Guatemala and El Salvador. The craft beer from El Salvador is actually on tap and it's the only place in Antigua where you can find it. It's a nice calm place, so you can hang out with your friends and have a good chat. They play mostly rock and the wings are awesome! And if you're not a craft beer drinker, they do have a lot of the Gallo and Brahva products too. So yes, you can find Craft Beer in Guatemala!!!
  7. JCastle

    JCastle Disciple (65) Massachusetts Aug 20, 2014 Verified

    I've heard about that place. There's some decent options now if you know where to look. Birra Bier in Z.14 has some good stuff, though the selection is always rotating (I know they've carried stuff like Sierra Nevada and Rogue in the past). Fernando's Kaffee in Antigua is also supposed to have some decent options though I've never been there.
  8. I'm in Guatemala now. Any updates?
  9. Nothing so far. Check out Birra Bier in Z. 14 if you're in Guatemala City, probably your best option for decent stuff. Hops and Tales if you're in Antigua. They should have Cadejo brews most of the time which are decent.
  10. If you re in Guatemala city, you can find a decent selection of commercial beers in Sensi di Vini, in 6th av of the zone 10. The place is really good and the food is great!
    There's also a bohemian place called project Poporopo in zone 1.
    If you want craft beer, Antigua is the place to go. I've heard of places like Fernando's bar and Hops n Tales bar.
  11. Uncleserg

    Uncleserg Savant (260) California Sep 19, 2009

    I'm heading to Guate in August. We always stay in Antigua for a couple of days. I'll make sure I check it out.
  12. Let me know, we have a decent group of homebrewers going on. I have a ton of wilds/saisons fermenting and I would love to share.
  13. Eman17

    Eman17 Advocate (630) Illinois Jul 18, 2014 Verified Subscriber

    Antigua is such a cool city, if anyone is going there anytime soon make sure to check out Café No Sé, one of the coolest bars I've ever been too. I believe a guy from New York owns it, very dingy and retro, with a bluesy feel to it. I'm not sure they have a wide variety of craft beer there but tons of tequila, none the less.