Wednesday night I went to the Antares pub in Palermo, Buenos Aires, to verify one rumour I have been hearing for the last couple of months: after years of having the same line up, they were introducing a series of seasonals called “Selecciones del Brewmaster” (brewmaster´s selections) and the first of them was going to be no less than an IPA.
<a hrefhttp://www.cervezaantares.com>Antares is the largest microbrewer in Argentina (with a production of approximately 3500 bls yearly) and one of the most widely available. It´s based in Mar del Plata, one of the most important cities in the country, located on the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires and a very popular tourist destiny for Argentinians. Here it has its brewing facilities and then distributes its products nationwide in bottles and kegs. The brewery is one of the pioneers of the craft beer movement here in Argentina and though their beers might be middle of the road by international standards, they are pretty good and, most importantly, pretty consistent quality wise. Recently, the brewery has chosen a strange expansion path: it has concentrated in its core business (brewing) and has franchised “Antares themed” pubs all along the country (you can find them in Mar del Plata, of course; Buenos Aires; La Plata; Tandil and Bariloche).
The “Selecciones del Brewmaster” is a seasonals program launched by Antares and is supposed to feature a new beer every 3 or 4 months. The first one is the IPA (thank God) and the next one is supposed to be a Belgian Dubbel. These beers, at least for now, are going to be exclusively on tap at the Antares pubs and a small amount (only 1000 in the case of the IPA) of bottles will be available for take away. The bottles are beautiful, sturdy, green champagne 750s, crown capped.