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Here Are Some Of The Craft Beers Coming From Latin America Worth Trying Out This Summer

Latin America is one of the best foodie paradises in the world. As we recently reported, Latin America houses some of the best restaurants and most creative chefs in the world. The foodie revolution in the region is not limited to restaurants but expands to artisanal products such as wines and beers. Yes, classics like Quilmes, XX and Corona still dominate the market in the region, but other smaller breweries are doing their best to bring some variety to the market. Yes, international brands such as Budweiser, which is the most valuable in the world and is going strong in key Latin American markets like Mexico and Colombia, still dominate the market, but cheleros are finding out that not all beer tastes the same. 

But cerveza is important in Latin America for economic reasons as well. In Mexico, for example, beer is one massive industry both locally and in terms of exports. According to C.E. NAFTA 2.0: “Mexican beer brands reach more than 180 countries. The United States received 72 percent of exports; the United Kingdom 3.3 percent, China 2.8 percent, Canada 2.8 percent and Chile 1.8 percent.” Mainstream Mexican beer labels are also leading the way in terms of sustainability. As reported by The Swazi Observer: “Green beer used to be a St. Patricks Day gimmick, but a sustainability movement seems to be taking off in the beer packaging industry. Diageo, the manufacturer of St. Patricks Day favorite, Guinness, announced in April that they will eliminate plastic from their beer packaging. In the two months since the Guinness announcement, the brewer of Mexican beer Corona has introduced a new can that doesn’t require plastic ring carriers”. Not bad at all! All these best practices filter down to smaller producers who are starting to make a mark. 

Here are some beers that are worth a taste and that showcase the renewed creativity and commitment of Latin American beer makers. You can find some of these in the United States, and you can try others when you travel to Latin America (it is always a good idea to get to know the region). 

Beer: Colimita
Country of origin: Mexico
Type of beer: lager
Pairings: seafood, particularly Sinaloa style mariscos (did anyone say taco gobernador?)

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The new star of the Mexican beer landscape. It has an alcohol level of 3.6 percent so it is light and refreshing.
What critics say: “Bottle in CDMX. Clear gold with a small white head. The aroma is nice, grassy, hay, bread. The flavor is slightly sweet, crisp, slightly bitter. Medium-light body, crisp. Good for the style” nickd717 in Rate Beer. This beer is growing in popularity in Mexico City and top-notch restaurants such as Pujol often have it at hand. There are other notable small breweries in Mexico such as the now-classic Casta from Monterrey, but Colimita is leading the way in the integration of these small labels into the mainstream.

Beer: Lumpen (birra arte)
Country of origin: Argentina
Type of beer: Dude (oatmeal stout) and Quiroga (gose), Jaco (Belgian blonde) and Guaica (lager)
Pairings: Honestly, these are better enjoyed by themselves, as they offer very specific notes

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Argentina is one of the foodie epicenters of the region due to its many influences. Argentinians call beer “birra”, which is Italian rather than Spanish and shows how engrained European culture is in the country, particularly in the capital Buenos Aires. Rather than a brewery that fits the mold, they are a sort of beer laboratory where they experiment with European styles such as the Belgian wheat beer or the very heavy and honeyed oatmeal stout. Their branding is super fun and even le rinde honor to pop culture symbols such as The Dude from The Big Lebowski. Now, can you imagine yourself having one of these after a day walking under the blistering sun in the Rio de la Plata? We certainly can! 

Beer: Sarandi
Country of origin: Argentina
Type of beer: red, black and honey
Pairings: a good asado argentino, of course, pibe!

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We love a good, chunky beer can. This boutique brewery in Buenos Aires has gotten a sort of cult reputation. Distribution is still limited, but they are favoring quality over quantity. They are not trying to be fancy or pretentious: it is a true cerveza de barrio that goes well with a traditional Argentinian asado (BBQ). The Argentinian craft beer industry is living a great moment. As reported by The Korea Times, some Argentinian beer labels are breaking into the Korean market: “’I am honored to see to premium Argentine beer imported to Korea for the first time,’ Argentine Ambassador Alfredo Carlos Bascou said during the campaign at E-mart headquarters in Seongsu-dong, Seoul, July 25. ‘I hope to see other Argentine beers in the very near future.’” Argentinian wine is loved all over the world, and beer might be the next big thing coming out of the South American country. 

Beer: Cerveza Guin, Vanushka
Country of origin: Guatemala
Type of beer: stout
Pairings: meat-based dishes (did anyone say tacos de arrachera?)

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Guatemala is living a tourism renaissance thanks to the vibrancy and beauty of its population, its Mayan ruins and the ventures started by expats from the US and Europe. Out of Quetzaltenango comes this recently released stout that is chocolatey and light at the same time. Don’t be surprised if Guatemala becomes a small chelera powerhouse in the future. After years of social unrest, Guatemala is slowly but surely becoming a viable and interesting tourist destination, and it is important to support small local businesses. 

Beer: Cerveza Cuello Negro
Country of origin: Chile
Type of beer: Stout
Pairings: chocolate truffles, strong cheeses, beef pies

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Chile has had constant flows of German immigration, and that has transpired into the outstanding craft beers. This one has a nose and a taste of chocolate and coffee, like any good European-style stout. You can also get tinges of caramel that warm you up in a winter night. User Grumbo says in Rate Beer: “Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, sweet aniseed, coffee and black treacle with a hint of tamarind. Moderate sweetness with medium to heavy roasted bitterness”. We love a good dark beer on a rainy afternoon.

Beer: Green Hops
Country of origin: Colombia
Type of beer: pale ale, dark ale, red ale
Pairings: strong cheeses, charcuterie, a nice crusty loaf of sourdough bread

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The design in their bottles is as hipster as it gets but also reminds us of the great golden pieces that Colombian craftsmen have perfected since before colonization.  This Colombian craft brewery is located in Bogota. They specialize in ales, which is a type of beer brewed using a warm fermentation method. The result: a sweet, full-bodied and fruity taste. Yes, please.

Beer: Cusquena Roja
Country of origin: Peru
Type of beer: Amber lager
Pairings: salty and spicy food

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This Peruvian beer is a classic in the South American country. It is not fantastic, but it will do the trick if you are looking for something a bit more sophisticated than the average beer. User lutton says in Beer Rate: “Bottle in Lima. Small foam. Slightly richer red-orange body, slightly in the Vienna territory. Slightly richer, caramel malt. Not too sweet but much more than the regular Cusquenas.”

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The King Of Beers Joined Forces With Luxury Label Moschino And We Can’t Unsee It

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The King Of Beers Joined Forces With Luxury Label Moschino And We Can’t Unsee It

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Known for merging mainstream pop culture cues with high fashion and tongue-in-cheek designs, Moschino’s head designer Jeremy Scott is collaborating with Budweiser. Yes, you read that right, an Italian fashion house is working with “the world’s most enjoyed beer” to produce a campy and OTT collection as is usual with Moschino. 

Jeremy Scott and Budweiser already share some history. 

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Not only did the Moschino designer feature a ‘Budweiser gown’ in his debut collection for the Italian label in 2014. Alongside the ‘Bud’ dress, Scott played with other pop culture references including McDonald’s outfits and a get-up with a nod to American chocolate brand Hershey’s.

Moschino’s 2014 ‘Budweiser gown’ was included in a MET exhibit.

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Scott’s Budweiser gown from Moschino’s Autumn/ Winter 2014 show was so iconic, that it was even incorporated into the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Spring 2019 exhibition, Camp: Notes on Fashion.

The designer’s relationship with Budweiser goes way back.

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Going back to the very beginning, we found out that they both hail from Missouri. “It’s something that I grew up around. The iconography is such a big part of America and Americana, I love that pop culture element,” said the American designer in conversation with W Magazine. It came full circle when Budweiser approached Scott about a collaboration.

Unveiled in conjunction with the debut of limited edition Budweiser beer cans, the Budweiser X Moschino collection is ready.

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Talks about a collab resulted in two limited-edition beer bottles for the Chinese market, and a 15-piece limited edition collection available worldwide. An American re-working something so intrinsically American for an Italian fashion brand to debut in Shanghai? It’s exactly this unlikely setting that was so attractive to Scott. “I like things that are unexpected,” Scott told W Magazine.

Scott’s clothes are usually seen on campy, over the top celebrities like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus or Lana del Rey, but the designer says that for this collection, his main focus was to create wearable items. 

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“There are a lot of things for people to interpret,” ranging from sweatpants to a swimsuit that can be worn like a bodysuit, paired with jeans or a skirt, his signature playful bags, in this case shaped like beer cans and —more importantly— the collection features affordable pieces like earrings and Moschino’s beloved iPhone cases.

Moschino was founded in the ’80s by an irreverent and sometimes eccentric man who revolutionized the fashion world.

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The Italian luxury fashion label, Moschino was founded in 1983 and rose to the forefront of the international fashion scene through its ironic, tongue-in-cheek designs. Specializing in leather accessories, shoes, luggage and fragrances, Franco Moschino was known for his innovative, colorful – sometimes eccentric – designs, for his love of fairies, his criticism of the fashion industry and for his social awareness campaigns in the early 1990s.

Rebelling against luxury and commercialism with wit, imitation, and humor, Franco Moschino famously filled his shop windows with opinions on racism, animal welfare, and the AIDS crisis. The provocateur sent designs down the runway that included a belt reading “this is a waist of money” and a shirt with wrap-around straitjacket sleeves adorned with a “for fashion victims only” slogan. 

Franco Moschino sold ideas through his clothing.

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A humanitarian was passionate about social issues, his ads included words such as “Enough! The sea is not your toilet” and “No to racism”. Despite his career being cut short by his death in 1994, in his time in the industry Moschino made a name for himself as a true fashion revolutionary, selling ideas through his clothes.

Scott joined the brand in the early 2010s and brought Moschino back to the forefront of fashion.

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In 2013, Jeremy Scott was appointed Creative Director of Moschino, and the brand hit a new high with his unexpected original designs that paid homage to Franco Moschino’s original concepts but were infused Scott’s unique vision and sartorial wit. During his tenure at the brand, Scott has delivered a wide range of collaborations with many companies and brands, including Mattel, Nickelodeon, The Sims, Ciroc, MTV, The Walt Disney Co., and Candy Crush, among others.

The Moschino x Budweiser capsule collection includes 15 ready to wear items and accessories for both men and women and is now available to buy while stock lasts. Prices range from $95 to $2,915.

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Kanye West Fans Are Upset After Paying $55 For Food At His Sunday Service Concert Only To Get Bad Food

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Kanye West Fans Are Upset After Paying $55 For Food At His Sunday Service Concert Only To Get Bad Food

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We’re in the final weeks of 2019, the decade is coming to an end and many things that used to, don’t make sense anymore. Like Kanye West’s concert being covered from start to finish by the Christian Broadcasting Network —of all networks. If someone had told us at the beginning of the decade that this would be happening, we’d definitely brushed it off. Not only is wildly talented musician’s Christian conversion a surprise, for a lot of attendees to his Sunday Service concert in Baton Rouge last week the food served was more than a disappointing surprise. 

Kanye knows how to maintain the world guessing, re-emerging with amazing music.

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Each of Kanye’s albums has a distinct personality —a mirror pointed toward all the rumors and tabloids and scrutiny. Everything he does is an event; no other artist uses their platform more effectively. From his early days of throwing out confrontational vibes on “Late Registration,” to that incident at the VMAs with Taylor Swift, to disappearing into Hawaii and returning with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy,” to the guerilla marketing of “Yeezus” and Paul McCartney collaborations and the sloppy but one-of-a-kind release of “The Life of Pablo,” he’s maintained an awesome cult of personality throughout his career.

Now thousands of die-hard fans are choosing to follow Jesus Christ as a result of Kanye West’s new outreach concerts called “Sunday Service.”

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Kanye stunned the world with his new album called “Jesus is King,” saying his life is now devoted to sharing the message of God’s love and salvation. The hip-hop icon took his ‘Sunday Service’ on the road, making an appearance at the Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to perform songs from his latest release, Jesus is King. 

Reportedly, Kanye West won’t be profiting from the Baton Rouge event.

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According to The Blast, West wasn’t paid for the concert and he had nothing to do with the food. However, the catering provided to attendees for $55 riled up a few attendees and sparked outrage and hilarious reactions on the internet. 

Patrons paid $55.00 for the ‘Brunchella’ event which accompanied the Sunday Service event.

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Like it happens in all of Kanye’s recent Sunday gatherings, fans attend to praise the born-again rapper and the performances of both himself and his accompanying gospel choir. Many guests are not happy with the price of attending and food provided at the event held at Baton Rouge.

One attendee’s post about the questionable, Fyre Fest-esque food went viral.

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One attendee posted a picture of what she’d been served—a pair of pancakes, two sad strips of bacon, and a sausage patty on a styrofoam plate—and said she wanted a refund. “Can y’all cover a story on this because I want my coins back,” concert attendee Kimberly Kinchen asked, tagging a local news station. “This is the wonderful & COLD brunch BUFFET we are being served.”

The shade over the “food” kept rolling in as more and more people learned about it.

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Louisiana is one of the most wonderful states in the U.S. for food. The Cajun food culture in the southern state is one of the most celebrated and loved food in the country. How did they not plan better food for the event?

Some social media users called out the attendees for falling for the scam.

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Not saying the attendees are to blame, but it is almost like no one learned from the Fure Fest fiasco.

The church allegedly holds a yearly ‘Brunchella’ to raise funds, but they denied the claim.

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A source close to the situation reported to The Blast, that Bethany Church in Baton Rouge holds an annual event called “Brunchella” each year to raise money. Kanye and his Sunday Service did perform at the event at 8 p.m. that night. The church, however, denies it is an annual event and claims the church was simply used as venue for the event. The food was provided by a promoter for ‘Brunchella.’

Once a Twitter post showing the measly breakfast hit social media, it gained viral status real quick. 

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The internet was quick to make connections to the infamous Fyre Festival and its famous promise of “gourmet celebrity chef meals” that turned out to be the viral and awful-looking cheese sandwiches. “What’s going on at Fyre Fest South aka #Brunchella?” one fan wrote.

In a press release, the event coordinator clarified that the brunch was provided for ticket holders before Kanye’s performance.

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“On Friday, November 1, Lauryn’s Fine Catering provided brunch to Baton Rouge Sunday Service to attendees. Sunday service has no affiliation with the ‘Brunchella’ catering service. Attendees were to be provided with a hot brunch while waiting on Kanye West to perform. The catering company did not provide adequate food for ONE attendee and a social media post went viral,” they said. The press release continued, “Kanye West and the Sunday Service collective has no responsibility for any food complaints reported and should be disassociated with such claims.” As one person pointed out on Twitter, “Kayne not responsible for this.. The promoter is who put the brunch together..”

The catering service addressed the controversy on Facebook. 

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In a Facebook post, Lauryn’s Fine Catering addressed the controversy, saying that the event’s organizers were the ones who set that $55 brunch price and that they weren’t even asked to participate in the 2,000-person VIP event until “28 hours” before it took place. “While we typically do not fulfill large, full-service orders with less than a month’s notice, we chose to assist the organizers whom we believed to be affiliated with Kanye’s team at an incredibly reduced rate,” the caterer wrote. “Our company additionally provided staffing, tables, and linens at little or no cost.”

For what it’s worth, that “Duck Dynasty” chick had a great time. 

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“Straight up night of praise and worship with joy, humility, thankfulness, bold faith and power,” wrote Korie Robertson, the wife of Willie Robertson of Duck Dynasty, on Instagram. “His name was lifted high in this place. Yes, God, more of this.” Nothing makes sense this year, we tell you, but next time, maybe better breakfast, God?

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