A Guide to the best Craft and Micro-Breweries in Peru

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Brandon Dupre

Peru has its staple beers, such as Cusqueña, Pilsen and Cristal; you’ll find people drinking these all over the country, no matter how remote you think you are. While those classic beers remain the most popular among Peruvians, there is a growing craft-beer movement in the country. If you find yourself in one of Peru’s major cities, you’ll be bound to come across either a micro-brew or some bottles from Peru’s larger craft-brew companies.

Barranco Beer Company

This is one of the best breweries in Peru, and one of the best places to watch a sports game in Lima. The brewery, located in Barranco, Lima, is also a towering restaurant, with three stories lined with TVs on every level. During big soccer matches they project the game on a pull-down screen: great food, beer, and the best place to watch a game in Lima. What’s not to like?

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Nuevo Mundo

Whether you’re in Lima or Cusco, you’ll be able to enjoy some Nuevo Mundo bars offering excellent food and interesting beers. The Cusco location is conveniently located in the Plaza de Armas; in Lima their bar is outside Parque Kennedy.

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If you like Belgian-style beers, this is the brewery for you. They offer a Belgian triple, a blonde ale, and a pale ale. If you like porters, they also make a tasty one with gorgeous coffee and chocolate flavors.

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Barbarian

No matter where you are in Peru, you’ll likely find one of Barbarian’s beers. Theirs are perhaps the best-distributed of all the craft beers in the country, and that’s a good thing, because they might just be the best!

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Their 174 IPA is a must try; it has a good balance of hops and malt. Another good one form Barbarian is their Red Ale, but no matter what you try from their brewery, it will be great.

Sierra Andina

This brewery is located in Huaraz, the hiking capital of Peru. There are beautiful trails that’ll keep you happy for weeks, and once you’re done, you can hang out and have a beer at one of Peru’s best breweries. The brewery/restaurant is called TRIVIO Resto-Bar Sierra Andina and offers gourmet food and coffee.

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They boast a lot of tasty beers, but without a doubt their best is the Pachacútec Imperial Ale, packing a big punch with 10.5% alcohol, with a smooth, delicious taste and a finish that masks the alcohol content. They also make a tasty ginger ale and their Shaman IPA is worth a try, as it’s one of the better IPAs made in Peru.

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