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Starting A Business In Costa Rica: Perrovida Craft Beer

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Starting A Business In Costa Rica: Perrovida Craft Beer

Post Posted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 1:36 am

If you have ever traveled through Costa Rica and you’re a beer drinker, you will notice there is not much selection. If you want a draft beer there is even less selection. Out of 100 restaurants in Quepos and Manuel Antonio only one offers a draft beer. If someone put in the effort to create a micro brew there was certainly a market for it.

We met one of our partners-to-be, Mickey, that had land, and a rainforest spring water supply. We told him about our idea for a brewery and found room on the property. We didn’t know how to make beer at the time, so we talked about trading knowledge with brewmasters in the US for a place to stay in Costa Rica. When it came down to it, we just kept throwing it out there. We started proclaiming this goal in February, 2013. We made it full circle through a friend that worked at a hotel in Esterillos. They had a guest that was in the process of creating a brewery in CR. He even won an award for the best IPA in CR. He was looking for space and partners who could speak spanish. He was a glorified home-brewer who had a full-time job in California. We met him at his hotel and fell in love with his beer, it was a match made in heaven. It only took two months to find this third link in our Perrovida chain. We agreed to get back together in May. I freed myself from my employment managing properties and boats. My wife and I apprenticed with Paul for a few months. Paul was the founder of Perrovida. Paul lived 3 hours away (6 hours of driving for each session), so our driving showed him our commitment. By the end of September we moved all of the equipment to Rainmaker Park. Thus creating the jump from glorified home-maker to brewery...

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