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Drink Molopolies and Making Cañaso, Part 2..

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Major commercial Drinks in Peru:

Softdrinks:

Inca

Coca-cola
Inca Kola (now owned by Coca-cola as of 1999)

Pepsi

 

Beers:

Backus_Logo

 

-Cristal (Backus Brewery, owned now by SABMiller group)
Pilsen Callao (Backus Brewery, owned now by SABMiller group)
Trujillo (Backus Brewery, owned now by SABMiller group)
Cusqueña (Backus Brewery, owned now by SABMiller group)
Brahma (from Brazil, owned now by Anheuser-Busch InBev)

With the softdrink and beer monopolies going on here in Peru, where does
the consumer turn for a locally made drink other then boiled tap water?  There are
basically the Chicha Moradas (made with purple corn, pinapple, sugar, cinnamon, and
clove), the Chicha de Jora (made with sometime w corn, sugar, but mostly chancaca based..sugar cane juice solid), the drinks made from grapes down in the south (cachina/vino/pisco) and those made from sugar cane (caldo/guarapo/canaso).

Still fascinated regarding the transition of squeezing cane to bottling
aguardiente.  Andrea and I recently got to visit a Mendoza area facility
which helps facilitate that process.  In my previous entry regarding sugar
cane (CLICK HERE), I explained that it’s not more then Caldo (juice) to
guarapo (fermented juice) to Cañaso (distilled product, about 30 to 40% alcohol).
But never realized it could look soo rustic.  Then again, out in the Peru countryside, most erected structures look rustic.

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Sampling the final product with the family behind the operation, they grow sugar cane right next to their house to feed into the press for fresh caldo, or sugar cane juice.

Caldo sits in hollowed out tree trunks for 2 to 7 days to ferment into guarapo.

Caldo sits in hollowed out tree trunks for 2 to 7 days to ferment into guarapo.

When ready to distill, fire is started in the chamber and guarapo is fed into the tube up top.

When ready to distill, fire is started in the chamber and guarapo is fed into the tube up top.

Alcohol rich vapors are piped into a water bath where it condenses into the distilled product and flows into plastic barrels for shipment to local shops.

Alcohol rich vapors are piped into a water bath where it condenses into the distilled product and flows into plastic barrels for shipment to local shops.

Big thanks to the godfather of our spanish teacher, for the very nice tour of the operation.

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Written by galbavy

March 14, 2013 at 4:32 pm

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  1. […] like in Perú, the selection here is quite limited. There are really only 2 beers to choose from in any store or bar: Pilsner, the national beer, and […]

  2. […] one every will turn down a glass when it’s being passed around.  Basically it’s just chancaca (solidified sugar cane juice boiled down to a solid), melted in boiling water, add a little bread/white flour and some fig leaves and let it sit for 1 […]

  3. […] Feast of San Pedro (St. Peter) in Taulia was just as nice and traditional as ever. With the shell-ankle dancers, band, plenty of food and shots of sugar cane liquor. […]


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