‘Gasolina Puerto Rico’ to become the first Puerto Rican beer to be sold in the UK
The beer will be sold by local brewer tapon, which has been working on the project since November.
Its main selling point is that the beer will taste of “a real Puerto Rican experience”.
The beer will not only be a celebration of Puerto Rican culture but also an acknowledgement of the island’s long and turbulent history, said Alejandro Gonzalez, the brewmaster at tapon.
“Gasolina is a very important city to me, because it’s in the middle of the world, and so I want to give a unique taste to people,” he said.
“I hope that it will be a kind of an opportunity for people to say: ‘This is how I remember Puerto Rico.'”
The project is not the first time that the island has produced beer.
In 2016, local brewer, Pascual and Lina, released its first beer in the island, and last year, a beer brewed by the islands National Institute of Beer was sold in New York.
The islands beer industry has also seen significant growth in recent years, with production rising from around 60 million litres a year in 2005 to over 100 million litres in 2017.
In addition to the brewery, tapon is also working on plans for a brewery in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan.
A tasting room has also been set up in the city.