Bogota Beer Company, El Retiro

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BOGOTA | Bogota Beer Company is one of the originators of Colombia’s craft beer scene, and has been brewing beer since the early 2002. Founder Berny Silberwasser started the brewery after visiting breweries in Europe and the USA, learning how to brew beer, and discovering a variety of styles. Today Bogota Beer Company is the second largest brewery in the country but since 2015 it’s not been independent.

Global giant Bavaria (owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev) controls 99% of the Colombian beer market, and in 2015 they purchased Bogota Beer Company. This has allowed rapid expansion, and Bogota Beer Company brewpubs can be found throughout Colombia’s major cities, so much so that locals call it the “Starbucks of craft beer”.

The nickname is appropriate in a way – you’re not going to find the best craft beer in town at Bogota Beer Company but the beer here is more than acceptable and some of the rotating seasonal and one-off beers are fantastic. There are five core range beers that are always available on tap, six seasonal beers, and a few one-offs available at any given time. The Monserrate Roja, a 5.0% ABV English-style Red Ale, is the best of the core range beers, with a lot of body and a balanced aroma. The seasonal Septimazo Tipo, a 6.0% ABV American IPA, is also well worth trying. If you want to try a few things, a variety of different sized tasting paddles is offered.

For those who don’t want beer, a decent selection of spirits and cocktails, as well as a few wines is also available. If you’re hungry, there’s a solid variety of pub classics like burgers, nachos and wings. We’d recommend eating elsewhere if possible, but the food is perfectly acceptable as a default option if you’re in need of a feed, and the crispy chips are great.

Bogota Beer Company

Calle 85 #13-6
Bogotá
Colombia

Telephone: +57 1 7429292
E-mail: n/a
Website

Open
Sun – Wed: 12:00pm to 2:00am
Thu – Sat: 12:00pm to 3:00am

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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