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Do you remember that some time ago I told you that I had found a mention of beer in Buenos Aires in the early 19th century? Of course you don't. Why do I bother to ask? Nobody's got such an attention span anymore.
The book where I found that data was not a beer book so it didn't say anything about the kind and provenance of the beers in question. It only said that they were imported and that they reached the final consumer (bribed official) already bottled. I was left with a couple of questions.
The other day I came across an article published in the eletronic version of a Uruguayan newspaper titled "The First Beers in the Río de la Plata", which seems not only to have the answers to those questions, but also a couple more interesting bits of information.
At the time I didn't think the beers reached Buenos Aires already bottled, I might have been wrong. Although he doesn't give any specific facts, the author, some Alberto Moroy, says that it's very likely those beers were imported in stoneware bottles, which were later reused.
I was right, though, in supposing that back then beer was already being brewed in Buenos Aires. According to Moroy, the first breweries were established in the mid 18th Century by people with, mostly, English surnames, who apparently, brewed Porters (which is no surprise since the style was perhaps the most popular in London at the time).
Moroy also mentions the names of some of the imported brands, maybe there is some of you that knows them: TS Hall & Co. - Liverpool, George Curling - London, Blood Wolfe & Co. - Liverpool, Tenent - Well Park Brewery, W. Edmonds - Liverpool. Some of them look more like Merchants' names to me, but I might be wrong and can't be bothered to check it out now.
Who would have said, the history of beer in Argentina is much longer than I had always known.
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