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Galapagos Islands

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Galapagos Islands

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Well, cross one off the bucket list - last week I was fortunate enough to go to the Galápagos Islands. Quite an amazing place - wildlife, scenery, history - it’s something else. It’s really not like anything I’ve done before. Animals everywhere, pristine islands, snorkeling, beaches, all so memorable.

And of course how could I not keep an eye out for beer! The Galapagos does have a few towns (I didn’t really know this before researching the trip) and like everywhere they have craft breweries now. I was on a cruise boat trip, so my time in the towns was limited, but luckily the boat did have some of the local beer available which was great.

Obviously I didn’t go on this trip for beer, but it was great to try the local stuff. Generally I’d say it was all pretty decent. I can’t help but think that the lack of premium imports keeps styles a bit muted - i.e. an IPA isn’t really as IPA-y as it would be around here, but perhaps it’s also the local tastes driving the styles. But of course it was most welcome to be able to have access to local stuff instead of standard international lagers which is what I was expecting. And I’m sure it’s challenging to brew diverse styles someplace as isolated as the Galapagos. What I had I enjoyed and complemented the trip perfectly.

Santa Cruz - they have a taproom location in Puerto Ayora but I was there too early in the day to visit. Had their IPA and Blonde on tap on the boat.

Endemica - they’re in Puerto Bazquerio Moreno on San Cristobal, but also wasn’t able to visit. I did have their IPA and Blonde in the bottle on the boat.

Boobies - a brand from Galapagos Beer Company, but I’m not sure if they have a B&M location. I found their IPA and Porter at one of the turtle sanctuaries on Santa Cruz (Rancho El Manzanillo) but unfortunately they tasted infected.,

Latitud Cero - brewery from mainland Ecuador which I found a few of in Guayaquil, including a Dunkel, Wheat and IPA. On their website they list a bunch of other styles and locations so they seem to be one of the leading craft breweries in the country.

Bazquerio Moreno also has Galapagos Republic brewing, but I wasn’t able to visit nor find any of their beers.

The national Ecuadorian brands are Pilsener and Club, and I did enjoy Club which was nice and refreshing.

If you ever get the chance to go to the Galapagos I would highly recommend it. And there’s beer to enjoy while you’re hanging with the turtles, sea lions and iguanas!

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Post by seangm »

Well I certainly wouldn't have expected craft beer on the Galapagos either. Sounds like an amazing trip, definitely on my bucket list along with Ecuador proper. Thanks for sharing!

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Post by Cadbury102 »

Wow Cass, that is an incredible experience. I've always wanted to go to the Galapagos Islands - it sounds like the trip of a lifetime. I am very happy for you. Thanks for sharing that there's even craft beer there - I never would have guessed.

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Post by Tapsucker »

Boobies! Tee Hee Hee.

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