Lake Arenel and Volcano Brewing Company, Costa Rica

We were sad to finally leave San Juan del Sur, but were excited to move on with our adventures.  Our next stop was of course Costa Rica.  We had heard and read of a few good things to do in Costa Rica, but upon entering we discovered the prices were extremely high compared to what we had been used to for so long in Nicaragua and El Salvador.  Costa Rica really started to break our bank so to speak and we decided to do what we wanted as fast as we could and get the heck out of the country and onto Panama before we spent too much.

One of the first stops we made was Lake Arenal near the famous Volcán Arenal which was supposedly still an active volcano with lava flows and everything.  On the drive there we drove around beautiful Lake Arenal and ended up seeing a really inviting sign along the road “Volcano Brewery: Microbrewery of Costa Rica 100 meters ahead”

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We pulled the car into Volcano Brewing and raced in mouths watering for some great tasting beers.  We were not disappointed.  They had a great small selection of various beers and each one was really good.  I preferred the Witch’s Rock Pale Ae myself, and Steve favored the Gato Malo Dark Ale.  We discovered they had a great deal with an all you can drink and all you can eat for $89 per person if you stayed in the hotel for the night and after a few beers we caved and treated ourselves.  So much for saving money in Costa Rica!  We enjoyed the Jacuzzi, Foosball table, and pool table all night while drinking some delicious beer with a beautiful view of Lake Arenal.

Volcano Brewing Company and Hotel is highly recommended if you have some extra bucks to spare and you love some good beer.   Cheers!

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4 Comments

  1. Dave the Gimp Dad Says:

    Outstanding place that Volcano Brewing. I did some research and they have won some awards in Chile for their beers. Anyway, it sounds like they use wheat malt with ale yeast and the Gato Malo probably has some roasted barley to get the darker color. I can probably clone them. I will do more research and try to get more info on their beers to see if we can make them when you visit our Silver Back brewing garage. :)

    Love you,
    dad

  2. Dave the Gimp Dad Says:

    Ah…HA Guess what I found out:
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    Volcano Brewing Company has four craft beers on tap: two of their own unfiltered ales, plus two from Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company:

    Gato Malo Nut Brown Ale – Dark amber in color, with a clean hop aroma. Flavors of caramel and coffee go down smoothly. Hopped with Challenger and Cascade. 4.5% ABV.

    Witch’s Rock Pale Ale – A clean, sessionable, American-style pale ale, brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops. 4.8% ABV.

    Libertas Golden Ale – Clear, golden in color, and capped off with a white head. Subtle aromas of fruit are reminiscent of a certain apricot-flavored beer from Vermont, but this beer is less full-bodied. 4.7% ABV.

    Segua Red Ale – This red ale features aromas of mild, fruity hops matched by notes of caramel. Well-balanced hop bitterness makes it a nice pairing for spicier dishes. 5% ABV.
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    There is enough information here so that I can clone the beers. I am going to brew the Gato Malo clone this week… WOOHOO!

    dad

  3. Dave the Gimp Dad Says:

    AH…HA, guess what I found out:
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    Volcano Brewing Company had four craft beers on tap during this writer’s visit: two of their own unfiltered ales, plus two from Costa Rica’s Craft Brewing Company:

    Gato Malo Nut Brown Ale – Dark amber in color, with a clean hop aroma. Flavors of caramel and coffee go down smoothly. Hopped with Challenger and Cascade. 4.5% ABV.

    Witch’s Rock Pale Ale – A clean, sessionable, American-style pale ale, brewed with Chinook and Cascade hops. 4.8% ABV.

    Libertas Golden Ale – Clear, golden in color, and capped off with a white head. Subtle aromas of fruit are reminiscent of a certain apricot-flavored beer from Vermont, but this beer is less full-bodied. 4.7% ABV.

    Segua Red Ale – This red ale features aromas of mild, fruity hops matched by notes of caramel. Well-balanced hop bitterness makes it a nice pairing for spicier dishes. 5% ABV.
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    There is enough information here and with my experience I can fill in the rest to clone these beers. I am going to brew the Gato Malo this weekend…

    Love,
    dad

  4. Dave the Gimp Dad Says:

    OOPS, sorry for the double posts above. It must have been lagg or something…surely not becuase i am getting old or anything like that… :)

    Anyway, I formualated the recipe for the Gato Malo. I did find out that the grains they use are from the UK, which I can get here as well. I can also get the same hops the use. Now it is a mater of using my brewing experience to balance the hops with the malts to get that nutty flavor. I am really excited to try to clone the Gato Malo…

    Love ya,
    dad

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