Until recently, you couldn’t find a notable microbrewery in Quito and the beer scene equaled a bottle of Club or Pilsner–Ecuador’s two national brands. Both are cheap and cheerful, but won’t rock your world taste-wise. These days the craft beer trend has invaded the entire country and many microbreweries are located in the capital of Quito. Here’s our roundup of some of the best places in town to kick back with a quality brew. We think it’s a great way to go local while you explore the country on one of our Ecuador tours.
Located in a former chapel in Quito’s colonial-building filled historic district, Bandido Brewing is a brewery and pub and is one of the most popular craft brewers in town. They pride themselves on brewing American-style ales like the full-bodied American Amber ale with hints of caramel or the Hop Ray IPA, a pale ale that balances bitter hops and grapefruit with earthy tones yielding an aromatic finish. We also loved their Rio Negro Stout, a robust but smooth chocolate porter as well as their seasonal La Gran Calabaza Imperial pumpkin ale. The tap room also serves up pizzas, tacos and chicken wings.
Bandidos Del Paramo
Both German- and Ecuadorian-style beers dominate at Bandidos Del Paramo. One of the cofounders, Uli Hahl, has German ancestry and his great-grandfather was a Bavarian brewer, so he’s carrying on the tradition by crafting quality beer and serving it in a pub and lovely Bavarian-style beer garden that also serves pizzas, burgers and German fare. Beer varieties include a refreshing German Pilsner, a slightly-bitter American Pale Ale and their own variation of Altbier, a rich dark beer typical in Dusseldorf, Germany beer taverns.
Women rule at Zambo creek—all brewers are female and they create top quality beer including Papaya Rural, a red-ale and Jurupi, a black beer that almost verges on stout. Their beers are available across a variety of bars and pubs in Quito including Patio Del Arupo that features—you guessed it–a fantastic outdoor patio.
Cherusker is a local brewery and pub that focuses on European Style beer, using only German malt and hops. Beers include a light blonde Summer brew, bitter Bavarian wheat beer and the Super double, a strong and spicy Trappist style with a hint or coriander. Try them at their convivial, brick-wall lined pub. The name Cherusker has an interesting history, too. It’s derived from Germanic tribe that inhabited the Rhine Valle. The tribe was named after the type of deer they hunted whose horns became mug handles. And the mugs? Well those were used to drink beer.
Mut focuses on one thing: lager. It’s the craft beer that you want to drink at the end of a hot, adventurous day to quench your thirst. Mut only uses local spring water to brew this beer. It’s crisp and clean and light. Mut beer is offered across Quito as well as throughout the country at a variety of pubs and restaurants. In Quito, try it at Circus Gastrobar or if you’re in the mood for sushi, order it with a seafood roll at Shibumi.