Costa Rica’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival at Avenida Escazu April 5th

Locally crafted beer will surprise palates at the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer Festival.

-The Festival will take place at Avenida Escazu Saturday, April 5th beginning at 11am and running until 5pm.
-There will be more than 32 craft beers available for attendees to sample and enjoy.

San Jose, Costa Rica – Craft brews created only in Costa Rica by small producers hailing from all over the country will bring over two thousand people to Avenida Escazu this April 5th for the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association’s Third Annual Craft Beer Festival.

The event, spearheaded by the Costa Rican Craft Brewer’s Association and supported by the Product- C restaurants, is inviting the public to come, discover, and explore the vast world of beer and, particularly, the craft beer movement in Costa Rica. Guests will learn more about the art that is craft beer in a fun and relaxed atmosphere with live music, beer seminars, various culinary options, and home brew contests.

Courtney Cargill, board member of the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association and avid brewer, sees the Festival as a barometer of the continued growth in the countries passion and knowledge of craft beer. “Less than three years ago, this festival was still just an idea fostered solely by the excitement and creativity of a handful of home-brewers and enthusiasts. Each year, this event has exceeded our expectations with respect to the public’s interest as well as the high quality and great variety of beer available at this gathering.”

The Festival will offer a menu of more than 32 beers crafted through science and imagination. Visitors will find crisp, wheat, dark, richly-bodied, others made with roasted barley to beers that have been aged in oak barrels for more than one year. Other beers will focus on uniquely Costa Rican ingredients such as coffee, honey, mango, among many others.

What is craft beer? Luis Arce, president of the Costa Rican Craft Brewers Association, explains that craft beer “is a beer produced on a small scale that uses 100% all-natural ingredients, with a focus on intense aromas and flavors to give a gourmet experience to the palate and where the experimentation in the use of these natural ingredients is its calling card.”

Stefano Marin, lead brewer at Costa Rica ́’s Craft Brewing Co., offers that “the craft beer festival represents the best chance for all beer lovers, those experienced and those who are just learning about craft beers to taste the different styles of beer produced in Costa Rica and also meet the brewers who are putting Costa Rica on the map of world beers”.

This year’s festival will feature the Third National Costa Rica Home Brew Competition. This contest focuses on home brewing hobbyists and offers a stage to showcase their accomplishments. Participants compete by entering a brew crafted in an internationally recognized beer style, a Pale Ale or Pilsner for example, with beers being judged upon their adherence to the styles guidelines. The tournament is governed by the rules of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), an international not-for-profit institution that organizes similar events around the world.

Entry to the festival is 16,000 colones and tickets can only be purchased in advance at authorized locations. With admission, participants will have access to educational beer seminars, musical entertainment and the tasting of up to 20 samples of different beer styles.

What? 3rd Annual Costa Rican Craft Brew Festival
Where? Avenida Escazú
When? Saturday April 5th, 11am-5pm
How? Entry is limited; tickets are 16,000 colones and can only be purchased in-advance at authorized locations listed below.

Please see official festival rules and regulations at:

Tickets exclusively on sale now at:

– Product C: Avenida Escazú. Tel: 2288-5570. Web:
– Costa Rica ́s Craft Brewing Co.: 800 oeste de Riteve en Tejar de Cartago. Tel: 2573-3724. Web:
– TicoBirra: diagonal a la Artística carretera principal a Pavas. Tel: 2296-3486. Web:
– La Bodega de Chema: 125 Sur Casa Italia, Av 10, Calle 29. Tel: 2280-7339. Web:
– TreintayCinco: 800m norte del Puente de Multiplaza de Escazú. Tel: 2213-7675. Web:
– Bar el Gaff: calle 29, Avenida 10, Los Yoses. Tel: 2234-1596. Web:

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