I see that a major importer has targeted Kross Brewery of Chile as a possible source of imported beer. Kross is an artisanal brewery run by Asbjorn Gerlach, a German who has a Chilean wife. Asbjorn claims that he and his co-brewmaster are the only professionally trained brewers in the country within the artesanal brewing scene. The brewery produces a golden ale, a stout, a maibock and a pilsner, so there is some unusual stuff there, though frankly it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was the pilsner that ends up on our shelves.
I have mixed feelings about this having just criticised the import of draught Tiger Beer in a recent blog. I still think generally speaking, it is pointless to drag water over thousands of miles of ocean. On the other hand, a Chilean stout does sound kind of interesting does it not?
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