Visiting a new place means that you should immerse yourself as much as possible in the local food and beverage scene. It is rewarding to eat and drink like a local and really experience Costa Rica’s culinary culture. One of the most important aspects of Costa Rican cuisine is the drink, especially beer.
Costa Rica has a very strong beer industry focused on mass production Lagers.
Imperial beer, produced by Florida Ice & Farm Co. is known and associated with Costa Rica worldwide. Also, in addition to this same beer house, you can find other beers like Pilsen, Bavaria, and the Rock Ice.
During the last years, new microbreweries have been popping up all over the country. Craft-beer culture has taken over in Costa Rica, especially in San Jose. There are dozens of small home and local breweries producing a wide assortment of different beers. Some are even incorporating ingredients such as pineapple, mango, coconut, and cocoa, all native from Costa Rica. Today, there are even craft beer festivals and pubs that host competitions for home brewers.
While this new economic venture still needs to find some mainstream support, Ticos are working hard to free the country from their days of having to choose regular lagers because that was all that was available.
Trying a traditional Costa Rican beer during your visit is a must, but we highly recommend that you give some of the craft beers a try too.