To talk about Belgian beers is to talk about centuries of brewing tradition. The first Belgian beers date back to the 7th Century A.D., crafted by monks in abbeys and monasteries. This beverage evolved slowly throughout centuries, giving birth to the first Trappist beer in 1836, made exclusively by and for monks. The Belgian school of brewing is characterized by its alcohol content and for having a large variety of styles, which today is approaching 500 in total. Those that stand out are blonde ales, amber ales, witbiers, saisons, Flemish Reds, Oud Bruines, and Christmas ales. La escuela belga se caracteriza por su alto graduaje alcohólico y por tener una gran variedad de estilos, los que hoy bordean los 500. Destacan las Blonde Ales, Amber Ales, Witbier, Saison, Flemish Red, Oud Bruin, Lambic, y Christmas Ales.
In 1516 the Beer Purity Law or the Reinheitsgebot, is enacted in Bavaria, forcing brewers to only use four ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. This historical event led brew masters to develop new techniques and processes that showcase the nobility of their ingredients and make clean and fresh beers. Different regions possess different styles such as: Pils, Alt, Kölsch, Weissbier, Helles, Drunkel, Bock, and Rauchbier.
This beverage became popular in the United Kingdom during the Middle Ages. It is said that Saint Patrick was the first to brew beer here, in Glasgow, Scotland. Over time, beer became the drink of choice in bars, taverns, and all types of social events, and eventually was considered safer to drink than water. Until 1710, the most popular beer in London was Porter, a style that eventually evolved into a more “robust” version known as Stout. Other outstanding styles include: Pale Ale, India Pale Ale, Brown Ale, and Barleywine.
The American school of beer was reborn with the craft beer movement, which began in 1979 with the legalization of homebrewing. This is the beginning of the Beer Revolution, which in 1995 included approximately 500 craft breweries, and today is about 7,500, with 13.2% of overall market share. American beers are characterized by being new, extreme, and rapidly evolving in a market with arduous competition. Outstanding styles include: American Lager, American Pale Ale, American IPA, Imperial IPA, Black IPA, and Sour Ales.
Guided tours and tastings in different bars and breweries in the Metropolitan Region and the Valparaiso Region. Activities that consist of a morning or an entire day travelling to different places where beer is the protagonist, with tastings and food pairing. Durante these activities, you’ll soak up all the passion for beer from different craft brewers that are part of Copa, in addition to getting to know more about the production that takes place in different parts of the country while you share moments with international experts and beer lovers.
A unique afternoon in the bay of Valparaiso on board the Beer Boat. An unforgettable experience during Beer Week where you’ll be able to enjoy the sunset at the main port with a privileged view, cruising through the sea in front of the port of Valparaiso and enjoying the best beers of Chile. On board the Beer Boat, you’ll be able to share with other beer lovers, Chilean and international experts, and immerse yourself in Valparaiso’s port culture while navigating through its characteristic bay.
An activity that you will surely love. The winners from previous years of Copa will be at this festival, where you will be able to try exclusive and rare beers. The Festival de Cervezas de América will debut this year in the VTP (Valparaiso Passengers Terminal) in collaboration with the traditional beer festival, Valpobier. This is a meeting place for beer lovers and winners to come together and try the excellent beers that have been awarded by the judges of Copa Cervezas de América, all the while enjoying the different activities that will take place.
An opportunity for all the suppliers of the beer industry in Latin America. All companies that have an interest in doing business with breweries in the following will be in attendance: producers, distributors and/or importers of malts, hops, yeasts, bottles, caps, equipment, general supplies, marketing, services, media, etc. The object of this activity is to create a space that allows interaction between brewers and their suppliers that encourages new business. The expo will take place in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, which will go quite well with breaks and time to rest during the conference.