Medellin Craft Beer Guide

MEDELLIN | Colombia isn’t well known for its craft beer scene, and there’s not much out there when searching for a Medellin craft beer guide. The city’s first craft brewery, 3 Cordilleras, only opened in 2008 and the craft beer scene in the city is still in it infancy. Things are changing though, and a new generation of brewers and publicans are getting involved in changing things for the better.

While the number of small breweries has increased a lot, most of the them don’t have breweries that you can drink at, and the number of craft beer bars is small. Thankfully there’s enough around though that you don’t have to drink bad beer. Well known names like 3 Cordilleras, Apostol, Ceveraria Libre and 20Mission Cerveza all brew in the city, along with nano breweries like TorreAlta Brewing Project, Metamorphosis, and Cervecería Maestre.

Note that ‘Brew House’, which appears on several lists, is not on our list – unfortunately it closed in early 2018. Another spot to keep an eye out for is the 20Mission Cerveza tap room. It wasn’t open at the time of writing this article but all indications are that it should be up and running some time in 2019 in Medellin’s Manila neighbourhood. Meanwhile, here’s the list of our favourite craft beer brewpubs and bars in Medellin.

Also, check out our Beer City Guides list for more ideas on where to find great beer in some of the world’s best cities.

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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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