I moved to Buenos Aires in January 2015 with a single, three-part goal: to meet the guys from Bröeders Artesanal, to brew with them, and for our collaboration beer to be served at NOLA Buenos Aires, a Cajun gastropub and the exclusive purveyor of Bröeders beer.
And I succeeded in achieving my goal!
Shortly after I arrived in in Buenos Aires I started hanging out at NOLA. There, I met Francisco and Marcelo, the brothers behind Bröeders. Marcelo and I brewed our first collaboration beer, a black IPA, which was served on tap at NOLA Buenos Aires.
Black IPA with Bröeders
Marcelo and I continued to brew together and our collaboration beers were served on tap in the Palermo Soho neighborhood of Buenos Aires. We brewed three more collaboration beers: Coffee Porter, Mount Hood Mild, and Imperial IPA.
Coffee Porter with Bröeders
Mount Hood Mild with Bröeders
Imperial IPA with Bröeders
Then I reached for stretch goals, and other brewing opportunities presented themselves:
I started hanging out at Cerveceria Nacional, a hip craft beer bar and bottle shop in Palermo Hollywood. They sell bottles of cerveca artesanal from breweries in and around Buenos Aires, many of which are hard to find anywhere else, so naturally I was attracted to the place. It turns out that many local brewers also like to hang out there, so it was a perfect place to meet them…
It was at Cerveceria Nacional that I met Andres and Pablo of Gante Brewing Co. They were interested in collaborating and experimenting with spices, so we worked together to add a touch of vanilla to their IPA.
Vanilla IPA with Gante
Our first collaboration beer was popular, so we collaborated a second time to brew a saison!
Saison with Gante
It was also through Cerveceria Nacional that I met Fred and Laurent of Cerveza Keusters. We got to know each other when I visited them on a brew day, and they were also interested in doing a collaboration. We teamed up with a third brewer, Fernando from Cerveza Artesanal Taguató in La Plata, to brew an epic Belgian Royal Stout.
Belgian Royal Stout with Taguató and Keusters
Next I met Fede from Cerveza Nauta, and he was interested in collaborating. So we talked and worked together to brew a strong coffee porter. (Seriously, drink it for breakfast. If you have it at night, you’ll be awake all night.)
Coffee Porter with Nauta
I met the guys at Federal Cervecería Independiente pretty early during my time in BA. Their brewer, Maximo, wanted to collaborate, but their new brewery wasn’t ready yet. So we stayed in touch and when their brewery was operational we worked together to brew a special honey blonde ale with spices, which was served on tap in their beer garden.
Honey Blond with Federal
I arrived in Buenos Aires with the goal of brewing one time with one brewery, and ended up brewing nine times with six breweries!
About half-way through my five-month stay in Argentina I met Ignacio of Bunsen, a chef who taught cooking classes in his kitchen. He wanted to do a beer brewing class and asked me if I wanted to teach it. I did, and through our collaboration I created Zero Barrier Beer, a 4-hour class with online take-home materials that shows you how to brew your own beer anywhere, with zero investment in special purpose equipment.
Zero Barrier Beer
When I moved to Buenos Aires I never guessed that Bushido Brewery would take off as a gypsy brewery the way that it did. But, to my surprise, it did! And I am so grateful for the learning and fun times I had brewing with all of my partner breweries in Buenos Aires.
Now I am moving Bushido Brewery to Santiago, Chile to continue the gypsy brewing there!