Seven Costa Rican breweries earned 13 medals at the fifth annual Copa Cervezas de América competition in Chile this past weekend.
Brewers noted that Costa Rican ingredients — including coffee, tropical fruits and Costa Rica's spring waters — give the country's beer producers ample space to carve out a unique identity in the global craft beer scene.
As Costa Rican brewers look to carve out their place in the expanding craft beer market, trademark issues are a constant battle.
Since the industry first got on its feet here six years ago, it's grown from a small community of home-brewing enthusiasts into a pillar of Costa Rica's gastronomical identity. What's next?