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themanstan
3/7/2012 09:59 EST

Are there any micro breweries in Ecuador? Are there any hops or barley producers? Is it legal to brew beer in Ecuador? From what I have tasted in beer in Ecuador, they need allot of help. No selection at all.

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gemstar007
3/7/2012 10:50 EST

We recently retired from Canada to Manta and miss the selection of "microbrews" that we are accustomed too. I believe hops and barley are available but, a limited selection in Ecuador. Our neighbors to the south and Columbia on the north have a more developed supply-chair and market than here in Ecuador. Here is an interesting website link which may give you some leads. http://www.bolsonweb.com/cerveza_bolson_patagonia_argentina.htm

And, think about it....there's a huge beer market in Ecuador but, limited selection. Maybe, a business opportunity for you!

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ElvisNYC
3/7/2012 18:29 EST

Yes, in Quito and Cuenca that I know of. As for a business opportunity, perhaps where there's a big foreigner population.

Locals tend to stick to Pilsener and Club Verde. To a lesser extent Bud, Heineken and Corona, and people really haven't acquired that taste to demand that kind of beer.

Here in Gye or even Manta, I don't see a big interest.

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lindae
3/7/2012 19:44 EST

ElvisNYC we have been missing you in Manta...where have you been?

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achiku
3/8/2012 08:11 EST

There is only one good brewpub in Quito and it's called Santa Espuma (Saint Foam)...It is located on Whymper near Orellana. It is very, very good, I can attest, and is owned by an Ecuadorian Gentleman who had lived in the states for years and had developed a taste for homebrewed beer.

The old "Turtle's Head" brewpub, started about 18 years ago by some Brits and sold about 3 years ago is not very good anymore...the equipment (I believe they brought in from abroad back then) was sold to the owner of the Savoy Inn Hotel and I have been told, they have beer on tap, as well, they are supplying the Turtle's Head. It was so-so and the Pale Ale was terrible. They may wish to sell the equipment and/or you may find out information from the lady there.

I have also been told that there is a brewpub in Banos and I believe it is connected to Marcia's and Jim's Posada del Arte, Hostal and restaurant there. As far as the coast, I do not know.

I do know that the owner of SE is bringing some things in, and I believe that one can actually grow hops here, as well, bring in your own hops pellets. Malt syrup can be purchased here and as far as brewer's yeast, I'm sure it can be purchased, although I do bring in my own Canadien wine yeast. One might have to speak with the owners of the one and ony, beer monopoly here, Pilsner. I believe Club is made by them also. One can also "malt their own grain" if you are so advanced.

I had a small organic winery and am in the process of starting that up. Years ago I purchased a capper and some other accoutrements for my husband to start to make small batches of beer, in 5 gallon sizes.

Please keep us posted if you open your own microbrewery. Over the years there have been smaller breweries that started up here, one was called Kruger...and was probably the best but was around only for a few years.

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papucho5
8/21/2012 09:31 EST

Ecuador has some good micro brews the best is Roche's Brewing Co. based out of canoa,they have a distribution network that supplies fresh kegged ales from san clemente and cuenca to quito and cumbaya,it is brewed by a professional brewmaster from Michigan on a 6bbl system very very good stuff,and the best is it is available all over the Country and growing,What Ecuador needed!

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remoore2001
8/21/2012 15:02 EST

Do you know where they serve this brew in quito or how to get ahold of someone to inquire about buying this beer?

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daninternationalliving
8/21/2012 16:41 EST

They just started and are making just enough for guest consumption right now, but the brews are turning out really well at Rio Blanco Bed and Brew between Otavalo and Cotacachi. http://www.rioblancobedandbrew.com. Julian is getting more dialed in with each batch.

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papucho5
8/23/2012 14:33 EST

yes Brau Plats in the plaa foch has it and well as st. Andrews scottish pub in cumbaya. their email is rochesbrewing@gmail.com
hope that helps

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mariapio
8/31/2012 09:07 EST

Try the Stray Dog Cerveceria in Baños...great!

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mariapio
8/31/2012 09:07 EST

Try the Stray Dog Cerveceria in Baños...great!

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PRCountry
8/31/2012 13:38 EST

Must be great brew.... I'm starting to see double....!!!!!!

Have a great long weekend all!!!!

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nomadchef
9/23/2012 17:43 EST

I have been living here for 4 years and searching myself. There is about 10 microbreweries in Ecuador. Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Canoa, 5 in Quito,and my personal favorite on the beach in Moñtanita. www.montanitabrewingcompany.com. There is also many home brewers in the country. You can buy all the ingredients here and take certification classes here in the country, in english. All the equipment can be custom made here and all the ingredients can be purchased. If anyone wants specific information on where to buy equipment or supplies I can push you in the right direction. To answer the question for the Canadians in Manta, you can buy an OK beer in a bar called Gnome, and a great botteled beer, called Umiña in a bar named Krug (I think). Hpe this helps

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gemstar007
9/24/2012 10:08 EST

Nomadchef; Thanks for the info. I expect there are many of us in Manta interested in really good Beer. Could be a business opportunity in the future?

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nomadchef
9/24/2012 11:10 EST

Ok, For the Manta Ex-pats that want good beer that is close to you: if you have facebook check out http://www.facebook.com/CervezaUmina?ref=ts,
or no FB you can go to the web: www.montanitabrewingcompany.com
or
http://www.hosteriaecuador.com/.
each one of these makes great beer close to you. 1 is in manta, one in montanita, 2 hours south, and one is in portoviejo, 20 minutes east; he is a german master brewer and the best around. He also distills his own whiskey, rum, vodka and many other things. you should check him out. his name is joe. he knows all the microbreweries in the country, trained most of them and can tell you what are the best ones without a biased opinion.

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Hwy101
1/13/2014 20:33 EST

@themanstan - I have a picture of the one in Cuenca, if you want to PM your email.

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OceanHideaway
1/13/2014 21:50 EST

And now there is a microbrewery in Montanita...

http://www.montanitabrewingcompany.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Monta%C3%B1ita-Brewing-Company/147845548689955

~ tonight the 13th of January 2014: Tonight we are tapping the 100% Organic Chocolate and coffee Stout. And remember, all of our beers are non-GMO. See you there....

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BrandonBP
1/14/2014 05:31 EST

I spent 7 weeks in Banos this summer. I went to the "brew pub" there several times. I got dragged there really. The beers are $4 and they don't even make them there. They import them from some place else, and the beers are terrible. Very flat.

On the bright side, the food is very nice and the service is good. If you want a nice dinner, then visit this "brew pub." But stay away from the $4 beers.

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nomadchef
1/14/2014 11:31 EST

I have been there many times, the food is always excellent. Craft Beer, new to this country, seems to be up and down depending on the day. Traveling through Ecuador for 5 years, I have seen and tasted most of the craft beer revolution.

Hands down, best craft beer and bar is in Montañita. The bar and brewery is directly on the beach, the beer is top notch and they serve world class sushi. If you make it down to the Montañita area definitely check them out. $4 beers, not flat, and worth every penny.

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VagabondAtlas
1/31/2014 18:33 EST

There is a great little brewpub in the old town of Quito called Bandido Brewing

(www.bandidobrewing.com)

I think there is also a bottled craft beer going around called Andes which I tried once

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GringoinQuito
1/31/2014 21:27 EST

There are quite a few micro brewery's in the Quito area. It's becoming very popular. I can vouch for Bandido Brewing, great beer, run by 2 guys from the northwest USA. As far as hops, they are not growing them in Ecuador.

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LADDIED
6/4/2015 21:59 EST

Hello,
I would very much appreciate the location of equipment and supplies to brewing. I just completed my first year in Ecuador. I have brewed beer and made wine in the states for 40 years, and produce a good product, but do not know where to find equipment and supplies here. I am located in Vilcabamba. When I am better established I can buy by the truck or container load, but want to start out small and build my market.

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withoutego
6/5/2015 03:05 EST

Laddied,

If you are in Vilcabamba you must know "Venado del Sol", a guy named Curtis. Ribs to die for and a decent beer, both available on the weekends. Have you ask him? He has been in Ecuador a couple of decades. I miss the ribs and the view.

sincostilla

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Tambopaxi
6/5/2015 05:53 EST

I'm not a big beer fan myself, but I and my girlfriend have gone to Bandidos because my son likes the place. I do want to put a plug in for their home-made chocolate chip cookies, though, which are biggest and best in UIO, imo...

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Brewmeistersupply
6/21/2015 11:28 EST

Hi Laddied,
We opened a brewing supply company in Cuenca. We're just starting, but checkout what we've got so far under the products page on www.culturacerveceria.com I haven't uploaded the order form to the site yet but feel free to call me with any questions or special requests.
Cheers,
Shawn

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JPD
6/22/2015 10:25 EST

Try the Zarza Brewing Co in Loja. Several choices of great craft beer and pub food. The owner's (Gregory a Texas expant and Elita his Ecuadorian wife) are very gracious and I am fairly sure if you contact them through their website they can help you find equipment and fixins. Zarza's is listed on trip advisor as an attraction. It certainly is an attraction for beer lovers but they also serve some great pub food.

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rictic
6/24/2015 11:22 EST

why not try calling it its correct name... its real ale !!

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rumandcoke
4/7/2016 10:43 EST

Who cares, what are you, English??!

And in any case wouldn't you be an immigrant not an expat?!

C%nt

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rictic
4/7/2016 12:17 EST

how nice of you to be rude, pehaps one day we will meet and you can call it me to my face!

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kmoriarty45
4/7/2016 13:03 EST

Who is this ? Someone replies to a 10 month old post with thinly disguised profanity ? I hope rictic that he/she/it has the courage to say that to your face but I suspect it's just some impotent troll that climbed out from under a rock, looking for attention.
Where I am, there are no micro breweries to satisfy my craving for good draft ale but I consider it a small sacrifice and a large savings to my waistline and barriga !

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OceanHideaway
4/7/2016 15:16 EST

Always have to wonder about those who use slang terms for female anatomy as a derogatory curse... never fails to sound like the final impotent whine of the emasculated misogynist...
Just an observation...

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janemckay
4/7/2016 16:32 EST

Bravo, OceanHideaway!

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Sojourner44
4/7/2016 16:36 EST

Pilsner= delicious

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GringoinQuito
4/7/2016 17:21 EST

Rumandcoke must have had a few too many rum and cokes. His post does not make any sense at all. As far a s I am concerned he/she should be 86'd from the forum. I agree, Pilsener is an excellent brew.

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PACountryBoy
4/7/2016 20:07 EST

RumnCoke...no need for that.

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OceanHideaway
4/8/2016 01:35 EST

I have to go visit tomorrow.

Up in Montanita... actually out at my favorite spot. Enjoying friendship, music and maracuya freezes.

Ladies night is packed!

The game is here...

Hookah on the table...

Music is great!

Vibe...::::::AWESOME::::::;;

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Sojourner44
4/8/2016 16:07 EST

Any room for viejos? How do you get there from Cotachachi?

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OceanHideaway
4/9/2016 05:18 EST

Totally room for everyone...

Montanita is on the coast at -1.8268 latitude

Come best way you can...

Party starts Wed night... but we're pretty much open... except when we're not.

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