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caribbeanbrewguy 02-26-2012 09:39 PM

Costa rica brewers group
 
looking for all of you down here looking for answers to good beer.. Join the Costa Rica Brewers Group..

Phunhog 02-26-2012 11:53 PM

Hi,
My wife and I are going to down to Puerto Viejo in July!! Any chance of finding craft beer down there? We are stoked....it will be our first time in Costa Rica. Cheers!! Al

Rackerman 02-27-2012 02:45 AM

You know we're down for it!

oregon_hopster 04-18-2012 04:57 AM

I found a microbrew (North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner) once in a small store in Playa del Coco. It ended up being old and oxidized (cooked). We also went to this place (see http://volcanobrewingcompany.com/) on the way to Arenal, but they were not brewing yet. Also, look for Pilsen 6.0 and Bohemian Dark some of the better commercial stuff. We go down there occasionally, how do you join the group?

CapnHook 06-26-2012 10:33 PM

Volcano Brewing was brewing at least since last December - we visited with my son who came to see us for Christmas. I don't remember the particular name of their pale ale; it was OK, but pretty much run of the mill, in my opinion. It is not widely distributed, if at all, and the brewery at the north end of Lake Arenal is a long way from anywhere. Much, much better is Segua (a red ale) and Libertas (a pale ale) from Costa Rica Craft Brewing Co. in Cartago. These are on tap at a number of places and you can find retail outlets also. Not that it is easy, but it is possible. They have brewed several other styles, but I haven't found any in retail outlets, and the on tap locations are too far for us to go just for a beer.

I have just brewed my first ever batch, a True Brew Canadian Ale kit, with equipment and the kit brought from the US. At about 5 weeks after brewing, I'd say it's drinkable, but not outstanding.

However, there are now two LHBS in Costa Rica. TicaBirra http://www.ticobirra.com in Pavas (more or less near the U.S. Embassy), has about 4 extract kits (all Munton's, I believe), and some equipment as well. Bodega de Chema http://www.bodegadechema.com , in Los Yoses (East San Josť) has some items for sale, but never having been there, I cannot say for sure what they have. The online store has only a few things listed.

It appears that home brewing here in CR is poised to grow.

By the way, Oregon Hopster, we are originally from Medford, and boy, do I miss all the craft brews from Oregon!

malerror 08-17-2012 03:24 PM

where can I buy seeds to grow hops in Costa Rica. where can I buy hops here? How about some homebrew equipment here in CR? Thanks

malerror 08-17-2012 03:26 PM

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Originally Posted by malerror (Post 4338739)
where can I buy seeds to grow hops in Costa Rica. where can I buy hops here? How about some homebrew equipment here in CR? Thanks

oops, thanks CaptnHook. I see the links.

rbclark 11-04-2012 02:14 PM

Looking for Craft Beer in Central Pacific (Jaco area)
 
Hello and have a brew!!
I am looking for Craft beer / supplies in the Central Pacific.

Randy

statu 12-24-2012 03:01 PM

Hello all. I will be moving to San Jose in mid August. I'm an all grain brewer (I currently brew 1-2 times a week in Afghanistan) and will be shipping all my equipment with me. A couple questions. Are the co2 and propane tanks compatible to American connections? Do you use a fridge or chill box for fermenting? Are second hand fridges easy to come by? Cheap?

Scott


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