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Published: December 8th 2009
We did a lot of walking today! My feet are not so happy in my new shoes (I know you're not supposed to travel like this with new shoes, but that's what happens when the dog chews them up right before you leave), but I am happy that I got to see a lot.
We walked and walked, from our hostel to plazas around the city, down Av. Florida, to the Casa Rosa, the pink equivalent to the American White House. Walking up and down main streets and side streets all day long is exhausting, but a great way to see a city.
In the evening we took the subte to a small brewery called Cassab, a cute neighborhood bar. We tried the house beer and another Argentinian "artesanal" beer and snacked, then toward the end of the night, Pablo struck up a conversation with the brewer and had a great conversation with him that left us inspired and reaffirmed in our quest to start our own brewery someday. Latin America does not have much of a culture of drinking many traditional beers. The commercial beers are lagers and most of them are made with adjuncts (corn or rice).
People don't usually drink them for taste, only because they are refrescante (refreshing). Of course there are some exceptions, but not many, not yet at least. Argentina grows a lot of hops and has more history of artesanal beer than other Spanish speaking countries in Latin America, therefore it seems like a good place to start our education of beer and the small scale brewing industry in Latin America.
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