Craft Beer Movement in Puerto Rico
Craft beers are here to stay in Puerto Rico. Increased consumer demand for the product over the last few years has led to the rise of the local micro-brewing community like Fok Brewing (Caguas), Dacay Cerveza Artesanal (Guaynabo), Boquerón Brewing Co. (Boquerón), REBL Brewery (Utuado), Red Dragon Brewery (Río Grande), Box Lab Brewing (Aguadilla), and Ingeniero Microbrewery and Barlovento Brewing, both located in Manatí, just to name a few. Among their varied selection, you can find everything from European styled beers to one-of-a kind-brews with innovative flavors.
Public interest in these and other craft beers have also created demand for beer pubs with a varied local and international selection of craft beers. So what is a beer lover to do when visiting an island mainly known for being the rum capital of the world? Check out the following list of our draft picks of the best places to get your brew on in Puerto Rico.
La Taberna Lúpulo is the craft beer bar that started it all. It is an ideal place for beer connoisseurs and beginners alike. They feature an impressive beer selection with over thirty rotating beers on tap and a constantly updated extensive bottled beer menu. If you are unsure as to what to order, don’t worry, the friendly and knowledgeable bartenders are ready to answer your questions and/or give you recommendations on what to order.
151 San Sebastián Street, Old San Juan
Far from the usual touristy areas in Puerto Rico, this spot is a favorite among locals. It has an air-conditioned indoor bar and an outside beer garden. They have close to fifteen beers on tap and over 200 bottles in their beer menu. Feeling a little overwhelmed by the ample selection? No worries, their knowledgeable staff will help you choose the perfect brew based on your tastes.
418 Agüeybaná Street, San Juan
Rincón Beer Company is the brainchild of Sage and Naomi Hobbs. It has an open-air relaxed atmosphere and offers a wide variety of craft beers including 11 draft choices and multiple bottled choices, some of them from local microbreweries such as Fok Brewing, Dacay Cerveza Artesanal, and Old Harbor Brewery. They also offer a balanced selection of cocktails.
15 Muñoz Rivera Street, Rincón
Mellow vibes, good music, and a great selection of beers from local microbreweries on tap is what you can expect when you visit this hidden gem. Don’t leave without trying their famous homebrewed beers: La Niña (wheat ale), La Pinta (IPA), and La Santa María (Belgian style).
Road 115, Km. 20.2, Aguada
A great place to purchase and drink craft beers. The establishment has over 100 beers ranging from local breweries to American and European labels. Enjoy your beer there or take them to go to enjoy later.
Road 110, Km. 9.8, Aguadilla