The Ultimate Guide To Craft Beer in Costa Rica

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The Ultimate Guide To Craft Beer in Costa Rica

Hola 👋

So, I’m guessing the only reason you clicked on this post is because you enjoy a frosty craft beer on a hot day. Love that. We’re from California’s West Coast and craft beer is our DNA. So naturally, we made the ridiculous goal to check out EVERY CRAFT BREWERY in Costa Rica. It’ll take some time, but here’s our list of Costa Rica’s craft beer.

We’ve tried adding every brewery here, but we may have missed some, and new breweries are popping up all the time. Drop us a comment below if I missed one so we can add it to the list and check it out!

🍻 = the breweries we’ve been to so far.
🙃 = tried to visit and failed due to open hours.

Cody at Butterfly Brewing
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Salud 🍻 

Our 5 Favorite Breweries

In no specific order, these are our 5 favorite craft breweries in Costa Rica.

Fuego Brewing

Tucked away in the sleepy surf town of Dominical, Fuego Brewing may have landed first on our list because it was the first craft brewery that we visited in Costa Rica. This is our go-to place after a day trip to Nauyaca Falls. There’s a little driveway that takes you from the main road to the parking area. Come hungry because they also have some amazing food.

Fuego Brewing In Dominical
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Great brews and great vibes

Brothers Of Ale

The first time we had a Brothers of Ale beer was at Amigos Tacos in Playa Flamingo. They were selling massive bottles of BOA beer and naturally we had to try a few with our meal. Of course, we had to stop by the brewery, and now it’s a required stop when we’re in the Flamingo area. The brewer/owner Alaks has made sure it’s always a fun time at the brewery. They host poker nights, ugly tank top contests (holiday sweaters are too hot), and all sorts of activities that are made better by good craft beer. Follow them on IG here. Cheers to Alaks for being down to ferment. 

Brothers Of Ale Brewery
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Grab a flight and enjoy! 

Potrero Brewing

It doesn’t matter where we’re going… our rental car instinctively turns into Potrero Brewing every time we pass by. They have some of the best craft beer in Costa Rica, and it’s my favorite place to watch our LA Chargers lose by 3 points in the 4th quarter. There are some great snacks in the food court outside too.

The Potrero Brewing tasting room
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Sunday Football at Potrero Brewing

Monteverde Brewing Co

So, we like to drink beer and play cards. It takes us to a lot of fun breweries, but we’ve never experienced an energy like this place. After the beer, interacting with the staff is the experience. We’ve never been treated so much like family… even by our family. Jose and the rest of the team crushed it. Thanks again for having us and we’ll be back soon! Also, their burgers are the best we’ve had in Costa Rica.

Monteverde Brewing
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A don’t miss in Monteverde

Dirigo Fermentory

Dirigo Fermentory is located in Alajuela, about 10 minutes from the San Jose International Airport. It makes for the perfect stop over before a late flight. They have a few core beers and non-alcoholic kombuchas on tap. The kombuchas are sugar bombs, but the beers and food are fantastic.

Dirigo Fermentory in San Jose
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Another good pre-flight brew in San Jose (SJO)

Craft Beer Guide Map

Take a look at our interactive map to start the beer hunt.

This map was created with Wanderlog, the best trip planner app on iOS and Android

The Complete(ish) List

We’ve tried to add every brewery on here, but new breweries are popping up all the time. Drop us a comment below if I missed one so we can check it out!

Places marked with an * are taprooms and not actual breweries.

Guanacaste Breweries

  • 🍻 Brothers Of ale
  • 🍻 Monkey Head Brewing
  • 🍻 Potrero Brewing
  • 🍻 Las Olas Brewing
  • 🍻 Volcano Brewing
  • 🍻 Numu Brewing
  • 🍻 Papagayo Brewing
  • 🍻 Coconutz Brewhouse
  • 🍻 Rocket Frog Divers (yeah… a dive shop with its own craft beer)
  • 🙃 Guiones Brew Co
  • 2 Gringos Artisan Brewing
  • 🍻 Butterfly Brewing Co
  • Maderos Brewery
  • 🙃 La Selva Cerveza Artesanal
  • Guanabeer Company
  • 🙃 Que Mae Brewing
Las Olas Brewing in Playa Grande
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Some post beach brews at Las Olas

Monteverde & La Fortuna Breweries

  • Lake Arenal Brewery
  • 🍻 La Fortuna Pub*
  • 🍻 Monteverde Brewing Co
  • 🍻 Belmar Craft Brewery

San Jose Area Breweries

  • 🍻 Dirigo Fermentory
  • 🙃 Costa Rica Craft Brewing Co
  • 🙃 Cervecería San Roque
  • Treintaycinco
  • Cerveceria del Centro
  • 🙃 Costa Rica Beer Factory
  • Cerveceria Calle Cimarrona
  • El Granero Brewing Company
  • Cerveceria Manada Coyote

Pacific Coast Breweries

  • 🍻 Fuego Brewing
  • Puddlefish Brewery
  • The Beer House*
  • Whale Tail Brewing

Caribbean Coast Breweries

  • 🍻 Cahuita Cider Co
  • 🙃 Playa Negra Brewing
Cahuita Cider
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A flight at Cahuita Cider Co

Let’s go!

This is an ever-evolving guide to craft beer in Costa Rica. Drop a comment if you have an amazing beer to share with us!

Are you planning your first trip to  Costa Rica? Don’t miss our complete packing guide for what to bring.

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Cody and Anna Traxler

We’re Cody and Anna, and we’ve fallen in love with Costa Rica over the past decade. We’re not experts in every part of the country, but our countless adventures have inspired us to create this travel guide. Our goal is to share our experiences and help you jet off on your own unforgettable journey. Enjoy Ultimate Pura Vida and start planning here 🤙

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