While we realize our website and app only covers the US and Canada we don’t let that stop us in our pursuit of the best craft beer. As much as we would love to cover the globe with our app, the US and Canada keep us plenty busy. Our latest trip to Antigua Guatemala created a unique challenge for us. Not to worry, the PubQuest Chief Beer Ambassador was on the job.
Craft beer in Guatemala is actually not legal to have, import or brew. There is a large presence of national beers that are owned by powerful families that don’t appreciate the value of a free and open marketplace. Since all of the fantastic beer that we saw and tasted in Guatemala is illegal we will share with you much less than we’d like. (We may or may not have brewed in the home of the best guy ever.)
Even though information is hard to come by, Guatemala is like every other place you’ve been...people that love craft beer love to hang out with other people that love craft beer. Once you do a little investigative work you find some really great craft beer in Antigua. While we can’t get too detailed with this report we can tell you two places to go to get your start.
At Red, White and Brew (Belgian Brasserie) and Hops and Tales you will meet the nicest people you will ever want to meet that will bring you in and make you feel at home. Let’s just say that Spanish is not my first language (that’s putting it mildly) so as an English speaker it was great to sit down and talk craft beer with people who know their stuff and let me practice my Spanish from time to time. Both spots have ties to the US and are owned by people who are bilingual so you can talk beer nerd crap way into the night (WAAAAAY into the night). Suffice it to say that a good time was had by all.
If you ever find yourself in Antigua Guatemala (and believe me, you should find yourself there) please go visit my friends and tell them Hola from PubQuest. Check out our photo gallery. The pictures will give you a good idea of what you will find if you happen to stop by these fine establishments...but you didn’t hear it from me.