Dozens of new microbreweries have sprung up from Lima to the Sacred Valley in the last five years.
From purple corn to Andean gooseberries, local brewers are creating porters, ales and other beers with uniquely Peruvian ingredients.
Not so long ago, Peru’s best restaurants used to serve their meals exclusively with wine, usually imported. Beer here boiled down to a handful of brands of similar light, tropical lagers, that might go down well with a ceviche on a hot summer’s day but definitely wouldn’t cut it accompanying the creative offerings of Latin America’s finest chefs. No more. Over the last half-decade, dozens of microbreweries have sprung up from Lima to the Andes, with local beer enthusiasts experimenting with a range of all kinds of local ingredients to make some uniquely Peruvian ales, lagers and porters.
Two of the largest Lima microbreweries are Barbarian and Nuevo Mundo, which have both recently opened their own bars just off Miraflores’ Parque Kennedy, near Atemporal. In Huaraz, the climbing and trekking mecca nestled in the central Andes, there is the Sierra Andina brewery, and in the Sacred Valley there is the Cervecería del Valle, although Lima remains Peru’s beer capital. Original combinations from these and other new microbreweries include ales made with passion fruit, purple corn and aguaymanto, an Andean gooseberry, a stout with cacao, and an Indian Pale Ale with rocoto, an especially sharp Peruvian chili pepper. The craft beer revolution has also prompted the large, corporate breweries that traditionally dominated the national market to themselves improvise, creating everything from specialist wheat beers to a lager made with quinoa.
Peruvians are lapping it up. Lima is now full of stores and bars offering these craft beers, including on tap, while Barbarian and Nuevo Mundo’s brewpubs are frequently packed. Meanwhile, many of Lima’s top restaurants now offer national craft beers, including matching them with courses for their often extensive (and utterly exquisite!) tasting menus. Of course, you can also enjoy these beers in the tranquility and solitude of Atemporal as you relax at the end of another hectic day exploring Lima.
To try some of Peru’s new craft beers during your stay with Atemporal, visit www.atemporal.pe or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or on +51 1 700 5106 or, if you are in the US, 347 713 7030/34.