Costa Rican beer is a serious business. Ticos are passionate with their beer and sometimes I think that the Imperial logo (most popular beer) could be used as a Costa Rican emblem.
According to one of the Costa Rican government institutions (IAFA), 54% of the population drink beer from the ages of 12 to 100 years old and yes I have seen a 100 years old man having a Costa Rican beer beer at a funeral.
The main brewery in Costa Rica is the Cervecería Costa Rica owned by Florida Bebidas. The Cervecería Costa Rica started in 1912 and is still operating today. It is one of the most solid companies in the country and they produce more than 150,000,000 liters of beer yearly (39,625,808 gallons).
You can also find a very good artisan brewery in Costa Rica, the Costa Rica Craft Brewery Co. Currently a small company, they are growing every day so I hope that we can find their product in every liquor store here soon.
But let’s talk about the most famous Costa Rican beers and my favorite ones so you can try them for yourself when you visit.
The Different Types of Costa Rican Beer
This one is probably the most famous Costa Rican beer. This is a lager beer and it’s logo is an eagle with yellow background. You will see this logo all over the country, they even have their own clothing and souvenir line. You can also find this beer in a light version and in a silver option (mild flavor).
Imperial is my favorite and I usually order the silver.
This is a pilsner beer. It has a strong flavor and is also known as the rubia (blonde). It was launched for the first time in 1888 and it is the favorite of many Costa Ricans, being the second most popular in the country. They just launched a new version, the Pilsen Frost that I tried once and it was not bad.
This is a good option for those who like pilsner beers and it tastes heavier than Imperial.
The newest beer in the family, launched in 1995 with a “ice brewing” process. This beer has a different taste and they have been trying to make different versions of this beer. Besides the original Rock Ice, they have some called Rock Ice golden monkey (taste like soda), Rock Ice lemon (it comes with a little lime and tastes like alka seltzer for me).
I am not a big fan of Rock Ice but some people love it.
This one is a premium beer with a really good flavor which you can find this beer in 3 versions: gold, light and dark.
I love beer and as we all know drinking beer (in moderation) can bring benefits to your health. Costa Rica has some very nice places with great views and having a cold beer while watching a sunset on the beach is one of the best feelings.
So if you are coming to Costa Rica, there is just one way to figure out which is your favorite and that is to try them all. But please be a responsible drinker.
The price of an Imperial, Pilsen or Rock Ice in the supermarket is around $1.30 in the supermarkets, but it may be a bit more expensive in the touristic supermarkets like Playas del Coco. In bars it can be from $2 to $5 depending on where you go. Bavaria is normally a little more expensive than the other ones.
It’s a very common thing for Ticos to do, to just talk, relax and drink a beer or two when they’re together.
And of course there’s nothing better than a nice cold beer on the beach!
Learn more about the food and drink of Costa Rica here.