A brewery and a chicharia in Curacaví

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October 29th 2009
Published: January 13th 2010
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We stopped in the town of Curacaví, between Valpo and Santiago, with one mission - to visit the Kross brewery. We took a cab from the center of the town through fields of yellow flowers and were greeted by the young Germans who ran the operation, and given an explanation of their setup. Kross is one of the best microbreweries in Chile, and we were curious to see how they fared with designing recipes for the Latin American palate - reduce hoppyness in some styles - but the beer is technically sound and the recipes satisfying. Pablo was told that he might be able to volunteer here during the summer - he's excited about the possibility but not holding his breath.

Back in town we explored the local version of chicha - in this region, a drink made from fermented raisins and kept in huge clay barrels, then served slightly sweet and fizzy (still fermenting), or aged and dry. We found a place for a late lunch of soup - there is lots of soup in Chile, in contrast to Argentina - then headed to a bakery, as the town is known for it's pastries. And now we return to Santiago after a nice afternoon in a small town.

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