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Is Cristal Beer Back?

Is Cristal Beer Back? / 14ymedio
Posted on January 7, 2016

14ymedio, Havana, 4 January 2016 — This year end, the traditional dinner
of December 31 was marked not only by high prices, but also by
a shortage of beer. The lack of “a cold one” of domestic production
forced the government to increase imports of foreign brands, including
Heineken, Bavaria, Sol and Mahou. However, most consumers still prefer
the Cuban varieties, especially Cristal.

The lack this pale ale was again a subject of discussion at the last
session of the National Assembly, where the problem was attributed to an
increase in consumption due to an increase in the number of private
restaurants and cafes, along with the growth of foreign .

The fluctuations in the supply of raw materials, especially the
so-called “Czech malt,” have also negatively impacted the Bucanero SA
brewery, the largest in the country, located in the province of
Holguin. The plant produces more than half the beer consumed nationally,
both in Cuban convertible pesos and Cuban pesos.

Now, people wait for the Cristal delivery trucks outside the markets,
even when – as is the case in the image above – it comes “disguised” as
a delivery of Becks.

Source: Is Cristal Beer Back? / 14ymedio | Translating Cuba –

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