Cerveza Tipica.

This category covers pretty much every beer that we’re likely to find in a bar, hostel, or grocery store here in South America. This beer tastes like Olympia, or Rainier. We’ve all had plenty of it, and I’m not going to waste more time describing it.

Cristal, Peruvian bike messenger beer.

Cristal, Peruvian bike messenger beer.

To date I prefer Cusqueño for it’s slight hint of what beer lovers refer to as “flavor,” though we’ve also tried Cristal and Callao whilst in Lima, and in Huanchaco there’s a constant battle between Trujillo and Zenda. I can discern no difference between any of these beers.

Cusqueño also makes a Cusqueño “Malta,” which is darker and aggressively sweet with the overwhelming taste of caramel and brown sugar. Some people drink it, but from what I understand mostly it is used to make “punch” with banana, honey and eggs. It’s good, in a beery, banana-y, eggy sort of way.

Cusquena Negro, a Peruvian staple and the darkest mass market beer available

Cusquena Negro, a Peruvian staple and the darkest mass market beer available

Nearly all these beers are owned by Backus and Johnston.

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