Quilmes – “Argentina’s Favourite Beer”
With the sad passing of Argentine footballing great, Diego Maradona, fans around the world are raising a bottle of Quilmes to celebrate this football Legend. This week we focus on “Argentina’s favourite beer”
Quilmes is an Argentinian beer with German origins. The Quilmes brewery first kicked into production in Buenos Aires by German immigrant Otto Bemburg back in 1890. Emigrating from Cologne in 1850, Bemberg first established an import-export textiles business. However, he soon found a calling for beer and established the Quilmes Brewery., named after the area in which the brewery was founded.
The brewery quickly rose to prominence in the Argentine beer market. By 1921, Quilmes had acquired several other breweries and was producing their own malt from Argentine barley for not only their beer, but most other breweries too.
Today, Quilmes has a majority share of Argentina’s beer market domestically, whilst imported and enjoyed around the world. Quilmes is synonymous with Argentine sport. Most notably Quilmes sponsors the Argentina national football team, previously Boca Juniors, and of course Quilmes Atletico Club, the local Quilmes team.
Only brewed in Argentina from Patagonia Hops, Pampas grown malt and meltwater runoff from the Andes, the beer has a hint of hoppy aromas that give way to a subtle malty sweetness. – Salud!