Buenos Aires is “beer”. You probably think Argentina and wine are inseparable. Beer (and burgers) are the hype in Buenos Aires. The artisan beer bars or also called Brewpubs, Brewbars, are taking over the city. Almost on every corner, you will find a beer bar, claiming the slogan “artisanal beer”. You would expect the artisanal beer to give more refined and complicated taste palettes, but you will often be disappointed. Our editor, a Belgian and from the Vatican of the beers, went looking for the best beer in Buenos Aires. A search that was not so easy. We only go for beers brewed in Argentina.
Because now you have hundreds of Brewbars, it’s difficult to find out what is the actual brewery behind it. We went looking for more available and recognizable brands.
Best beer in Buenos Aires
Antares (Mar del Plata)
Founded in 1996 in Mar del Plata, a city on the coast. We bought the Antares Imperial Stout. Once poured out you get a thin beige collar that lingers for a while. The nose is caramel, roasted malt, and dark fruits. Creamy flavors, medium-bodied, ashy. For a stout, this is a fine beer.
Antares has some bars in Buenos Aires.
Otro Mundo (Santa Fe)
We bought this beer in a local supermarket and we tried the Strong Red Ale.
It’s amber poured out the beer with a large white collar. It has some earthy malty aromas. However, the hop is too strong at some moments. In general a simple Ale but above average what you can find on the market.
Patagonia (San Carlos de Bariloche)
A microbrewery that started small but now in hands ABInbev. Patagonia beer is widely available in supermarkets, although expensive. We tasted the Amber Lager for the article. Pours with a very thin white head that disappeared like snow in the sun. It has a clear amber look. Sweet malts, dry and moderate bitterness. A light body.
Juguetes Perdidos (Buenos Aires)
We heard a lot about Juguetes Perdidos. Finding the beer was already an adventure. The expectations are high. Reviews are pointing out that Juguetes Perdidos is a top-ranked brewery. Let’s find out!
We get the Baltic Porter in our hands. A 14 months barrel-aged beer with an 11,2% alcohol level. Dark black beer with a mocha-colored foam head. Beautiful deep full of scent and flavors of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, slightly woody. Nice warm, slightly alcoholic, aftertaste. That’s a Porter!
To be continued…
Do you know a beer that stands out of the rest? Share your top-ranked Argentinian beer in the comment section.