Tag: South America

3 Chicha de Jora Myths, Debunked Travel by

In terms of texture and appearance, the malted white corn beer known as Chicha de Jora bears a striking resemblance to milkshake IPAs. But since it’s naturally carbonated and unhopped, the similarities end there.

Mountain Magic: Spontaneous Fermentations from Peru’s Sacred Valley Feature by

The chosen tipple in rural Peru isn’t Kellerbier, Světlýý Ležák, or Best Bitter. It’s Chicha de Jora, a staple of the Incas who ruled as far back as the 14th and 15th centuries. And it still thrives in many Andean villages and towns today.

Laura Boada, Founder of Zambo Creek Microcervecería, an All-Female Brewery in Ecuador Last Call by

As the founder and brewmaster of Zambo Creek Microcervecería, an all-female brewery in Quito, Ecuador, Boada works to empower women in the brewing industry.

Where to Drink in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Destinations by

Over the last two years Rio has witnessed the appearance of more than a dozen craft brewery brands, most of them “gipsy” productions, along with new beer-focused bars.

Where to Drink in Lima, Peru Destinations by

Despite cultivating one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the Americas for the past decade, Lima has always lagged behind in terms of beer. Today, however, Peru’s brewing revolution is firmly underway in its capital city.

Top of the World: Peruvian Beer Comes Down From the Mountain Beer Without Borders by

As the South American culinary scene continues to progress at an astounding rate, its craft brewing scene has begun to catch up. It started in countries like Chile and Brazil. Now Peru has joined the fray, too.

Progress and a New Order: Taking Cues from the US, Brazilian Brewers Forge Ahead Feature by

For the last five years, in spite of high taxes and long shipping times, American beers have found their way into the hands of curious Brazilian drinkers and motivated Brazilian brewers.

Out of Thin Air Zymology by

Fogcatching technology near the world’s driest desert provides water for parched communities and resourceful brewers.

Ecuador Taps Into Cerveza Artesanal Beer Without Borders by

Craft breweries in Ecuador can’t keep up with consumer demand and are expanding as quickly as their bank accounts will allow. Only two years old, Andes Brewing Company epitomizes this growth with its expansion from a 1/2-barrel to a 3-barrel system, making it a mid-sized craft brewer for Quito.

Where to Drink in São Paulo, Brazil Destinations by

Revel in a craft beer scene that is by far the most advanced in Latin America. Today, you’ll find Black IPAs, Saisons, Imperial Stouts, and plenty of Brazilian-themed beers like açai Stouts and cassava Pilsners. Until recently though, finding craft beer in São Paulo was like looking for the source of the Amazon.

Brewing With Ants: Brazilian Brewers Get Creative with a Local Delicacy Zymology by

The story of the world’s first Leafcutter Ant Saison starts in the days leading up to São Paulo, Brazil’s O Mercado, an epic gastronomy fair that brings together more than 20,000 foodies, chefs, restaurateurs and a handful of brewers.

Argentinean Empanadas Cooking with Beer by

To bring out more richness in the empanada dough, which will add balance to the filling ingredients, use a malt-forward beer style like bock, Brown Ale, Scotch Ale or Märzen.

Where to Drink in Buenos Aires, Argentina Destinations by

Commonly referred to as the “Paris of South America,” Buenos Aires is a sprawling metropolis that deserves its rank among the world’s greatest cities. The beer market may still be dominated by AB-InBev’s Quilmes, but forgo these ricey lagers and syrupy Stouts, and head off the beaten path to Buenos Aires’ true beer bars.

The Lager Yeast Genome Project Feature by

While walking in the woods, Argentinian microbiologist Diego Libkind stumbled upon fungus clusters scattered on the ground. Taking a sample back to the lab, Libkind found a species of Saccharomyces yeast living on these edible mushrooms.

What to Wish for in 2012 The Politics of Beer by

Despite the economic woes, 2012 is going to see large increases in export sales of small-scale craft beers from producers in Australasia, South America and the European “new wave,” as well as from North America.

Drinking Beer at the End of the World: Part 2 of Tim Webb’s Odyssey to an Unknown Beer Land Feature by

Big lager brands may be shiny and reliable, but they are not exactly fun, so dreamers, misfits and visionaries stepped up to start making beers for the more discerning drinker. Twenty years later, Argentina’s craft beers are its best-kept secret.

To Patagonia & Back Again: Part 1 of Tim Webb’s Odyssey to an Unknown Beer Land Feature by

What brings the visitors is the spectacular backdrop of Andean peaks, ice-capped even in summer, the breathtaking scenery around the seven sprawling lakes and, increasingly, the beer.