What’s the best beer in Colombia? Let’s face it no man wants to live in a hot country with a dearth of good beers.
Colombians more often drink spirits.
The Paisas love a shot of the local head splitting hooch Aguardiente (like Ouzo).
Thankfully cold, refreshing cerveza is found on almost every street corner in Medellin.
Beer in Colombia – Regálame una dorada por favor!
Some common (bottled) Cervezas in Colombia:
Águila original – local lager (to my taste not as good as Club Colombia).
Águila light – a good choice for a hot day on the coast.
Dorada – lager.
Roja – toasted/red cerveza.
Negra – black (sweet) cerveza.
Pilsner – a local Pils.
Heineken – Dutch International.
Sol – Mexican.
Corona – Mexican.
BBC (Bogotá Beer Company) – not to be confused with the British broadcaster.
This artisanal brewery makes some tasty brews.
They distribute real ales, in a wide variety of flavours, at a premium price tag.
Draft ales? Often not available on draft as bottled beers are far more common.
I asked a drinker about this lack of the golden nectar on tap.
He said that it is a culture of trust, as Paisas prefer to open their own bottle.
Also, we agreed that in the heat the management of the pipes is too much supervision for many landlords.
If there is draft Ale, it’s often supplied by the innovative and popular BBC.
Try a Michelada is a refreshing twist with lime/lemon (even fruit juice) and salt around the rim, made with the lager of your choice.
Regalame una Michelada bien fría, con mango biche.
They can also be served with lovely, thin, strips of delicious crunchy, green mango, and even other tropical fruit juices.
Of all the above my go-to beer is the strong crisp Club Colombia Dorada, a very good lager.