Latin America Balashi Brewery - Aruba

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  1. BrianNY

    BrianNY Initiate (0) May 25, 2013 New York
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    Hi all,

    Has anyone ever gone to the Balashi Brewery in Aruba? I will be going this February and wanted to know everyones thoughts. I will be there for 4 days. Is it worth my time?

    Thanks!
     
  2. mcrago

    mcrago Initiate (0) Oct 6, 2012 Indiana

  3. bluemooncanyon

    bluemooncanyon Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2010 Maryland
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    I would take some good beer with you, because they do not have any craft beer in Aruba. My wife and I would take a duffle bag full of craft beer in cans.
     
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  4. DrewSnyc667

    DrewSnyc667 Devotee (482) Jul 25, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Balashi is just a simple pale lager that is refreshing in 90 degree sun but the brewery tour won't be anything worth while. And while I love crafts I can't imagine drinking a lot of them in the daytime heat there. Although a snappy pilsner would be good.
     
  5. windboyz

    windboyz Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2005 Pennsylvania

    If you just want a brewery tour I've heard it's OK. The beer is not great but drinkable in a light lager kind of way. Most places we went to eat or drink didn't have any craft beers. BUT (the big but). Aruba is a former Dutch colony. We shopped in a supermarket and found many very drinkable European labels there.
     
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  6. BrianNY

    BrianNY Initiate (0) May 25, 2013 New York
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    I have had the beer before and it is mediocre. Definitely better when you are in the heat and just need something watery! Wasn't really planning on going to the brewery for the beer itself, more for the tour experience. Sounds like nobody invested any time there thus far. To go or not to go... that is the question...
     
  7. HopsintheSack

    HopsintheSack Devotee (429) Apr 17, 2012 California
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    There is not much else to do in Aruba anyways, might as well go. I enjoyed Balashi more than any other beer on the island.
     
  8. TTague

    TTague Initiate (23) Feb 22, 2012 Illinois
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    You should check it out. They have nice beer garden. It's been a few years since I was there. When we went it was happy hour. A lot of the brewery workers were hanging out. Also met one of the owners. Everyone kept buying our beers too, which was an added bonus. Enjoy!
     
  9. MVP09

    MVP09 Devotee (416) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts
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    My wife and I honeymooned there at the Rui 5 years ago there was place called Taste of Belgium stumbing distance to hotel. They had Paavel Kwak and Chimay plus they sold to go bottles
     
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  10. BrianNY

    BrianNY Initiate (0) May 25, 2013 New York
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    thanks @MVP09 for the other recommendation. Has anyone else come across any other good beer spots to check out while in Aruba?
     
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