Beer (Part I)

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Among the cultural differences of different countries, one of the first to be investigated is the beer. Bottoms up!

Argentina****
A good country for beer and barbeques.

Quilmes
***

The most popular beer in Argentina. Named after some ruins that Russ and I decided not to bother with as we were having a mare on a ripio road into a headwind. Reasonable enough lager. Coming across a shack of a farmstead, a beaten up Quilmes sign outside caught our attention. Soon we were offered a place to camp and homemade food and a trusty bottle of lager.

Salta***

An alternative lager. Similar to Quilmes in many respects.

Imperial****

Slight improvement on Quilmes and Salta. Bit stronger and crisper flavour.

Antares*****

Five stars don't get given out lightly. It is a dark porter with a toasted malty taste. Is it a cliché to describe it as chocolatey? Nice to drink something a bit English in the midst of all these lagers. I got one in a weird little campsite beside the river on the way to El Chalten. The place was run by a gang of hippies, with spacey ambient music, wooden cutlery and purple swirls painted on the cafe walls.

Chile***
Spending the festive period in Patagonia necessitated drinking quite a bit of Chilean beer. So I have a fondness for it.

Cerveza Cristal***

The most popular Chilean lager. Similar to Quilmes.

Escudo**

Refreshing but weak beer. Has a weird golden brown colour and tastes slightly bitter and grainy.

Kuntsmann*** (perhaps **** for the bock)

Example of the German influence on Chile and her beer selection. There are several types of these. I tried the bock and the lager. The bock was a nice caramel flavoured dark brown thing and the lager was just an average lager.

Cerveza Austral****

Made in the most southerly brewery on the planet, this is a better than average lager. Probably due to using unpolluted polar water.

Bolivia**

Bit of a let down in terms of beer but this is of little consequence in such a spectacular country. Made up for the lack of quality with quantity.

Huari**

Fairly rough but drinkable. This is what you get more or less everywhere. Nice label.

Potosína***

Maybe the best lager in Bolivia but that is hardly a compliment. In Potosí, where the brewery is, (no doubt the "highest brewery in the world") it comes out with an insane quantity of fizz.

Auténtica*

Revolting.

Paceña***

Made by Cervecería Boliviana Nacional, who also make Huari, this stuff is a tad better. It is supposed to be slightly more like a French lager but I didn't really get that.

Peru

It is too early to tell (so wait for Part II). So far I have only tried Cusqueña (maybe ***) which I have nothing against. It is an inoffensive and middle-of-the-road beer.

Cheers!

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