By Ben WoodAlthough the cuisine of Peru and some of the world’s leading chefs like Gastón Acurio, Alex Atala, Virgilio Martínez and more have helped put South America on the world map as a continent of culinary forward thinking, the beverage industry can’t be forgotten. Spirits like Pisco and cachaça, and the obviously important wine culture are staples when it comes to talking about South American gastronomy. When talking about gourmet culture in South America, though, the burgeoning craft beer industry that is causing a frenzy in nearly every country on the continent can’t be forgotten.
From Lima to La Paz, Bogotá to Santiago, beer has long been a staple beverage in weekend get togethers, but it’s now beginning to take center stage. Brewpubs are popping up all over the place, sommelier classes are being offered, and international beer cups are drawing well-known names to the far reaches of Patagonia to act as judges. Beer is here to stay, and we couldn’t be happier about it.