Old Havana’s New Port Ave. Brewery

April 1, 2014 | Print Print |

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Photo Feature by Elio Delgado Valdés

HAVANA TIMES — An attractive and modern brewery is now open on the Avenida del Puerto (Port Ave.), in Old Havana, opposite the Paula Church. The tourist attraction is part of the revitalization of the heritage area made possible by the relocation of port activities to Mariel, west of the capital.

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The brewery has Austrian equipment and can simultaneously serve 430 persons, offering three types of beer: light, dark and black, plus light meals including a children’s menu. Prices are in CUC.

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The main hall features two murals, works Edel Rodriguez, Raul Valdes and Nelson Ponce and in the center is a flamenco performance area.

The daily production capacity of the brewery is 900 liters and it is open from 12:00 noon to midnight serving the high demand of Cuban and foreign customers.

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What's your opinion?

  • emagicmtman

    Although I usually hang out @ CUP joints, and even though this bar is primarily for tourists and Cubans with access to CUC’s, nevertheless, its prices are modest (less than what you’d pay @ similar places here in the States). Is this the old El Baturro, acorss from the train station?

  • bjmack

    Capitalism at its best! Grand photos! Wish I had the freedom to travel to witness myself!

    • Griffin

      Americans can go to Cuba, no problem. You can go one of two ways:

      1. Sign up for one of the “educational or cultural” tours which qualify under the US government’s “purposeful travel” clause for legal travel to Cuba, or,

      2. Fly to an intermediary country first, such as Canada, Mexico or Jamaica. Then buy a return ticket for Cuba. This method is not strictly legal, but it the Cuban authorities don’t mind at all. You can ask the Cuban border guard at the airport to please not stamp your passport, and they will be happy to oblige.

      Hundreds of thousands of US visitors have used the second method and I have not heard of anybody who has been arrested for it. That includes the new mayor of New York, Bill DeBlasio, who honeymooned in Cuba in the 1990’s.

      • emagicmtman

        You can even by r/t airline tickets to Cuba on-line (for a r/t from Canada, Mexico, etc.); ditto for pre-paid hotels–but not casas particulares. No U.S. visitor has been hassled since the early 2000’s, though the U.S. authorities don’t publicize this fact; they are still beholding the the Miami dynosaurs to make it appear that you are still subject to serious consequences. Fortunately, OFAC no longer receives adequate funding to prosecute mere tourists, though at times, if you are foolish enough to admit to the U.S.Borer Patrol that you actually visited Cuba, you may receive treatening mail. Just blithly ignore these summones. They’re like so many threatening notices from the N.Y.C. Parking Office! As a matter of course, the MINIT folks at Cuban airports don’t stamp U.S. passports; instead, as your flying down you fill out a little paper visa, portion of which you retain in your passport; upon return, this (seperate) visa slip is taken back (usually by the comely lass at the MINIT booth as you are buzzed into the departure area. Most U.S. visitors, by the way, are usually Cuban-Americans making regular trips to see family, often “muling” flat-screen tv’s, dvd players, laptops, etc. etc. for their family in Cuba. A minority, maybe a hundred-thousand +/- are U.S. citizens, but not Cuban-American U.S. citizens.

      • Dan

        More of your usual delusional BS Griffen. Plenty of people have been fined thousands of dollars. I myself was once arrested, put in a cell, and threatened.Another time I had my car meticulously searched and disasembled crossing the US Canadian border. Funny how you downplay the existance of a 10 year jail sentence for visiting Cuba all the while railing against any and every Cuban law which you see as an infringment on civil liberties.

        • Griffin

          When did that happen Dan? Was there anything else in your car they might have been looking for? Who threatened you and what was the threat?

          Here’s an interesting article on the topic:

          “U.S. man tries, fails to get arrested for travel to Cuba”

          “Mytchell Mora, a U.S. citizen, has been to Cuba four times in the last tens years and hasn’t managed to get in any trouble – despite his best efforts.Mora actually wants to get arrested for violating the United States’ ban on travel to Cuba (which was reduced slightly by President Obama to allow restricted travel by those with family in Cuba) as a way of protesting a policy he thinks discriminates against non-Cuban Americans and unfairly punishes the Cuban people.”

          http://www.gadling.com/2009/07/25/u-s-man-tries-fails-to-get-get-arrested-for-travel-to-cuba/

  • Claire

    We saw this brewery a few days after it opened, it was full of locals, no tourists, watching soccer live, it looked like great fun