Breweries at the Bottom of the World

If you’ve made it all the way to Tierra del Fuego, congratulations – it’s time to crack open a cold one. Luckily for frazzled travelers arriving by plane (picture a thrilling landing over an icy archipelago) or overland (imagine a rocky boat ride over the Strait of Magellan), cervezas artesanales, or craft beers, are all the rage in Ushuaia. Here, a short list of varieties to try from the key microbreweries: you can find them in bars and restaurants around town, or take a few bottles home, learning something about the region’s fascinating history while you’re at it. Raise a glass – you’re at the end of the world!

Beagle Channel harbor in Ushuaia

Beagle Channel harbor in Ushuaia – photo courtesy of Bridget Gleeson

Beagle Fuegian Ale (Rubia) from Cerveza Artesanal Beagle

Named after the HMS Beagle – the British ship that reached Tierra del Fuego in January 1833, also the namesake of the Beagle Channel – this microbrewery produces a wide range of craft beers, including a Cream Stout, Red Ale, and India Pale Ale. One standout is the Fuegian Ale (Rubia), a hoppy blond ale with an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 5.8%, a rich, white head, and notes of toasted malt, fruits and caramel.

Cape Horn Stout from Cervecería Cape Horn

This Belgian dark ale has a 4.8% ABV and a rich roasted flavor. Cervecería Cape Horn makes a popular APA (American Pale Ale), too, also known for its full body and roasted character. As for the microbrewery’s name, Cape Horn is the southernmost headland of the archipelago. Though many think the word ‘horn’ relates to the shape of the land, the name has nothing to do with geography: in the early 17th century, explorers from the Dutch East India Company named the area ‘Kaap Hoorn’ in honor of the Dutch city of Hoorn.

Dublin Pub in Ushuaia

Dublin Pub in Ushuaia – photo courtesy of morrissey

Hain Kulán Cocoa Ale from Cervecería Hain

As the name suggests, this cocoa ale is a sweet stout. With 8% ABV, it’s also strong, dark, and full-bodied. Interestingly, the word ‘Hain’ refers to the intense male initiation ceremonies – a sort of ritualistic battle between young men and supposedly malevolent spirits – carried out by the nomadic Selk’nam tribe native to the region. In fact, the reason European explorers called the area ‘Tierra del Fuego,’ or ‘land of fire’ in the first place is because they saw the tribe’s campfires lining the channel as they sailed into the archipelago.

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