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Thursday, January 10, 2008

 

I Miss A Good Pint Of Beer - Prequel to Beer of Costa Rica

As an ex-patriot living in Latin America, one of the questions that I always get is, "Is there anything that you miss?"

In the beginning, I would mention little things like "good deli meats," or "Diet Doctor Pepper." However, things have changed down here and I can get just about anything I want. Additionally, the honeymoon of "living in paradise" is over, and only the big ones count... In short, there is still a major deficiency that lurks: BEER.

I totally fucking miss beer, but not just beer- great beer; served out of a tap in a heavy glass pint; beer, stout, ale... ice cold, or just above room temperature.

I miss going to a bar or pub and watching the barman pull the Guinness tap and watch it pour and slowly separate like I am watching a documentary on the on the creation of Heaven and Earth.

I miss going to a random microbrewery, like Three Floyds, putting the beer menu on the table, and telling the server to "pick me a good one." Then, repeating the process as many times as I can until my the ability to make sense is lost, while making a good attempt to try every beer that they have on the menu.

Sure, we have beer here in Costa Rica, but let me assure you that I totally took great beer for granted.

Costa Rico offers a handful of national beers (upcoming post), and we also get a fair bit of European imports, but it just is not the same.

Well, off for a glass of Whiskey (Jameson 12 I think).

Next post (unless something really interesting happens)... Beers of Costa Rica

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I'm Costa Rican, but I went to college at the University of Florida. I graduated this past May, and I couldn't agree more with what you posted.

I hate that sitting at the bar to have some beers now consists of getting a bottle of beer or a mug of the standard "cerveza cruda". I would love it if the import tap system was implemented here, but I'm afraid people would not be willing to pay the price difference. My favorite place to drink beer in Costa Rica used to the K&S microbrewery, but they closed their bar, and finding their beers is not easy.


"I miss going to a random microbrewery, like Three Floyds, putting the beer menu on the table, and telling the server to "pick me a good one." Then, repeating the process as many times as I can until my the ability to make sense is lost, while making a good attempt to try every beer that they have on the menu."

^Me and my best friend in college loved doing that.

Oh well.
 
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