The Results Are In: The Winners Of The 2018 Latin American Craft Beer Cup


For the past four years, breweries across Latin America have been sending samples of their beer to the Latin American Craft Beer Cup. On Saturday, May 19, the 2018 winners were announced.

Over the course of the week, more than 700 beer samples were judged from breweries across Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Peru.

The judges, of which there were 30, hailed from Latin America, the United States, and Europe, with 13 of the judges from Peru. Among them, were a few stand out figures of the brewing world, such as John Palmer, Stan Hieronymus, Jennifer Talley, Sandra Cockerham, Ian Fozard, Steve Piatz, David Castro, Bruno Britto, and Oscar Garrido who also gave interesting talks on various related topics.

The Peruvian Winners

Of the Peruvian breweries, 14 awards went to Peruvian breweries and brewers, including Barbarian as the best brewery in Peru and its Imperial Red V Aniversario as the best Peruvian beer of the competition. Among the other Peruvian winners, Barranco Beer Company, Cervecería Del Valle, Knock Out, Nuevo Mundo and Oveja Negra took home awards.

This year, there was also a category for home brewers. with two Peruvians winning awards: Juan Ydrogo for his American IPA and Alberto Reyna for his beer, 16 nudos.

Brewery Beer Award
Barbarian   Best Peruvian Brewery
Knock Out Explosiva Gold
Besser Bier Red Ale Silver
Knock Out – Ergo Sorpresa Silver
Barranco Beer Company Saca tu machete 2018 Silver
Barbarian Imperial Red V Aniversario Bronze, Best Peruvian Beer
Oveja Negra Golden Spirit Bronze
Barbarian Chasqui Porter Bronze
Sierra Andina Pachacutec Bronze
Cervecería Del Valle Inti Punku IPA Bronze
Nuevo Mundo Panam Bronze
Barbarian Plan B Bronze

The Other Major Winners

Argentina won 21 prizes with the Argentinian brewery Juguetes Perdidos winning the award for best brewery of the competition and the Argentinian brewery, Bacota, winning best beer of the competition for their Old Ale. 

The organizer of the event, The Union of Craft Brewers of Peru (UCAP), is an association formed by 28 producers that aim to promote the craft brewing culture in Peru, boost quality, and responsible consumption.

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Born and raised in the United States, Amber has called Peru and South America home since early 2016. She's spent the past decade carving a unique niche for herself in the travel space, from writing freelance for travel agencies, brainstorming marketing campaigns for tour operators, and now serving as Features Editor at Travel & Living in Peru. Besides traveling, her favorite things to do usually revolve around food and drink, always eager to sample the local delicacies wherever she goes.