Before we even came to Venezuela I had an idea about the beer situation here. In preparation for our move, Kat and I both read the off-beat travelogue Socialist Dreams and Beauty Queens by Jamie Maslin, a couch surfing Brit who bounced around Venezuela for a while. At one point he recalls his visit to a dive bar where all the locals were drinking super cold Polar. He joined in but ended up having nothing good to say about the beer except that it was cold and therefore somewhat refreshing.
I’ve come to agree that there’s something to be said for super light, super cold beer in the tropics. So even though we already tasted every beer this country has to offer, we decided to do it again this year in order to help some of the new arrivals learn the ropes.
The ratings on the Beer Chart I made last year didn’t change for me. Zulia is still my favorite of the pilsens (there is only one ale on the market). However, one notable development is that the Brahma label no longer exists in Venezuela.
Thanks to Nadjib for the photos.