Last week we were invited by David Verdugo to visit his restaurant / brew pub here in Cuenca. While we are grateful for the fine meal we were served, the review remains independent and completely our own words and views.
Last week, we had buffalo wings for the first time since moving to Ecuador. Deep fried, spiced just right and served with home fries and a mug of carrot cake ale.
What looked like a fairly typical pale ale, the aptly named carrot cake ale delivered a unique flavor. A touch of carrot and spices makes it the most unique beer that I’ve ever tasted. They brew two types of beer: carrot cake and brown ale. The carrot cake ale was smooth with a slightly sweet and fruity taste. The brown ale was similar to the Ecuadorian Pilsener brand but without the aftertaste.
Currently, they have both types of beer on tap and have plans to begin bottling but are still working out some details. Watch for that in coming months.
The Andean Brewing Company produces 4 different drinks. The alcohol content is noted.
- Brown Ale (5%): $1.50
- Carrot Cake Ale (5%): $1.50
- Naranjilla Cider (8%): $1.50
- Lemon Cider (5%): $1.50
The Andean Brew Pub is located in the Zona Rosa sector here in Cuenca, Ecuador and is an extension of the Andean Brewing Company – a micro brewing operation also based here. David Verdugo, the owner, is a Cuencano living in Florida, USA. Both the brewery and recipes were developed by David.
- Chicken wings (10) with beer: $7.00
- Chicken wings (20) with beer: $12.00
- Tex Mex rolls, a beer: $5.00
- Bruschetta, a beer: $7.00
Is This Just For Expats?
I know that anything over the $2.25/meal will offend certain expats. There is an idea (by expats) that if expats spend more than a couple of dollars on a meal they are contributing to increasing prices. The concern over increasing prices is valid but is better applied to rentals than to meals. This restaurant, for example, was full when we were there. But it was full of young Cuencanos having their lunch, not expats or tourists. While there is a clear North American influence (the owner has lived there for many years) it is a local Cuencano business that caters primarily to Cuencanos.
Is it a party place? I don’t think so, and certainly not during the day. It is a cozy location with upscale fixtures. They are open from 9am to 10pm. Like many pubs across Canada (and I assume in the States as well) the Andean Brew Pub offers quality food and beer at a reasonable price.
Do They Speak English There?
Yes. The manager of the locale, Dora Maldonado (David’s grandmother) lived in the States for many years so she speak good English. The staff speaks enough English to easily take your order. Don’t forget to use your Spanish – learning Spanish is a critical step to integrating in your new city.
Where is the Andean BrewPub Located?
The Andean Brew Pub is located at Miguel Morocho y Gran Colombia, Edificio Dali, Local 1. The sector is known as Zona Rosa and the primary intersection is Gran Colombia and Unidad Nacional.