Owned by a native of Portland, Oregon, Chelawasi is one of the most knowledgeable (and fun) places serving craft beer in Arequipa.
Chelawasi Public House is the new pub in town in Arequipa however when it comes to beer, it seems to be ahead of the pack. Cleverly named (Chela being slang for beer, and wasi meaning house in Quecha), it is located in the historic Campo Redondo (San Lázaro), on one of Arequipa’s original streets and somehow that seems very fitting. It may be small in size but the plans cultivating around the brand are not.
Chelawasi is the brainchild of Casey Workman. As a native of Portland, Oregon, he certainly knows a thing or two about beer. Chelawasi specializes in craft beer and cider, which for the moment all retail between S/ 15-25 per bottle or pint. And there seems to be a brew for everyone if you are willing to try something a little different.
They currently stock Crazy Llama, Magdelena, Cumbres, Barbarian, Nuevo Mundo and Sierra Andina (for which they are the distributors in Arequipa) and they offer free water and a selection of snacks depending on the day and how busy they are. When food runs low, Casey and his wife, Katterin, are only too happy to pass out the local pizza menus so you can order in. Their motto is definitely one of collaboration rather than competition which should hold them in good stead in the future.
Chelawasi is now open for business and will be officially celebrating their inauguration this Saturday, July 4. If you are looking for a place to sit back and enjoy a cold one with great company, then you have definitely stumbled upon the right place as it is their mission that everyone leaves their establishment happy.
102 Campo Redondo, San Lazaro, Arequipa
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 4pm-10:30pm; Saturday, 12pm-11pm; Sunday, 4pm-9pm (closed Mondays)
Michelle Tupy is a ghostwriter, focusing on the business, lifestyle and travel genres. She quite happily spends most of her time behind the scenes writing blog posts, Facebook commentary, articles and e-books on behalf of busy managers. Michelle is the creator of the love story anthology entitled “Love Alters – A Love For All Seasons” and is currently working on a book about her family’s road trip from Cusco, Peru to Niagara Falls, Canada entitled “And Off We Went”.
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