Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Midnight in the Cervecería of Good and Evil.

In November I reported on plans for what would appear to be El Salvador's first microbrewery. It would be another small boost for Central America, a.k.a the land that beer forgot. Now time for an update.

A few days ago I received a note from Salvadoran brewer David Falkenstein, one of the people behind that project. The schedule is changing even as plans become more ambitious.

Originally the hope was to open in March or April 2011 in conjunction with an existing San Salvador pub. Now, Falkenstein says, the plan is to build a 10-hectoliter brewhouse that would distribute kegs and bottles to bars and other customers. It would be similar to what's happening at Costa Rica's Craft Brewing in Cartago, with whom Falkenstein has been in contact. Craft beer types gotta stick together, after all.

The hopeful date is now August 2011, but that depends on the lawyers completing all the permits in a timely manner. "The timeline for our project certainly keeps slipping but I guess this is the nature of the beast," Falkenstein says. Indeed.

The brewery also has a name: Cadejo Brewing Company. The cadejo is an interesting piece of Central American folklore. The cadejos are dog-like creatures, and there are two of them: white and black. Good and evil. Like yin and yang with a chupacabra twist.

Says Falkenstein: "The black dog is supposed to scare 'borrachos' [drunks] on the roads at night and the white dog protects good people, so it's sort of a ying yang thing. However many people mistakenly think the cadejo is the dog of the devil so the name will certainly create some controversy in our uber-religious country, but we are looking to stir things up a bit so we are going with it."

Meanwhile: I'm hoping for a jaunt to Panama City early next month. There's a brewpub there. And a beery German resto. And a shop that sells Sierra Nevada.

Pictured: a stout from Costa Rica's Craft Brewing. A keg-only special release for St. Patrick's Day. A well-brewed balance of mocha sweetness, light roast bitterness, and the Q-word. Quaffability. The sort of beer that many American micros do well and many craft beer drinkers take for granted.

I don't think anyone down here will be making that mistake.

1 comment:

  1. You should visit www.brewrevolution.com to see the first brewery in El Salvador.