Cuba is running out of beer

Cristal // Photo by Kurt Bauschardt, via Flickr

Cristal // Photo by Kurt Bauschardt, via Flickr

More American tourists are visiting to Cuba thanks to eased travel restrictions, and they’re bringing with them a thirst for beer. So much so that the Caribbean nation’s state-run brewery, Cerveceria Bucanero, is having trouble keeping stores stocked with the Cristal and Bucanero brands.

According to a report in the Guardian, “local media reported that Cuba’s breweries signed contracts this week for more than 33 million cases of beer at a business in Havana, considerably more than their current production capability will allow.”

Cerveceria Bucanero, a joint venture between the Cuban government and Belgium’s Anheuser Busch InBev, is contemplating opening a new brewing facility and is reportedly planning to import 3 million cases of beer from Dominica to keep up with demand.

Since President Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba for Americans in February, tourism has been on the rise—a trend that figures to continue for some time.

According to the Guardian, Cuba received a record 3.5 million visitors last year, up 17% from 2014 and American visitors rose 77% to 161,000. The tourism figures for January of 2016 showed a similar pace of growth.

[H/T The Guardian]

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