After spending a few days in Aruba, you may notice a unique brand of beer served in every bar and restaurant on the island. Balashi, Aruba’s favorite local beer, is one of the most popular products produced in Aruba. Starting small just ten years ago, the Balashi Brewery has grown into one of the most acclaimed beers in the world. Meanwhile, the Balashi Brewery has built a truly state-of-the-art facility complete with a European-style beer garden that has quickly become a favorite destination for traveling families and locals alike.
As the island of Aruba retains much of its Dutch colonial charm, it makes sense that Balashi has always been brewed using the best European beer traditions. Klaus Eckert, the renowned German brewmaster, experimented with beers during Balashi’s early days, eventually developing the brewery’s flagship beer. The resulting variety of pilsner exhibits a deep golden hue, minimal bitterness, and the distinctive aroma of fresh hops. Balashi’s world-class flavor is created using hand-selected Scottish malt and German hops, allowing the beer to compete with the best beers in Europe year after year.
While many beers have won the favor of judges and beer lovers around the world, few have earned as much respect as Balashi in such a short time. While the parent company of the Balashi Brewery, Brouwerij Nacional Balashi, was founded more than ten years ago, the first batch of Balashi was not brewed until May 1999. It only took two years for the awards to start rolling in. prestigious beer competitions, starting with the 2001 Gold Medal at the Monde Selection in Brussels. Courtesy of a $ 12 million state-of-the-art brewing facility, Balashi’s consistent quality won the Grand Gold Medal in 2004.
If you visit the facilities, you will have the opportunity to participate in the free daily tour. Visitors are led along a walkway above the brewery floor as the guide describes the complex brewing process, from the early stages of fermentation through bottling and packaging. As Balashi has become a source of local pride, the tours are always energetic and provide an atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy. The free one-hour tour runs every day of the week at 10am.
After touring the Balashi facility, you should definitely take some time to relax in the famous beer garden of the brewery. Modeled after the cozy courtyards of Holland, the motherland of Aruba, Balashi’s beer garden has quickly become a favorite destination for locals and tourists alike. In addition to having the opportunity to taste Aruba’s award-winning beer in its freshest state, you can enjoy an incredible view of the island’s unspoiled countryside from every seat in the beer garden. Children can try the brewery’s special non-alcoholic concoction, a healthy drink known as Malta. Brewed in the same way as Balashi beer, Malt is not fermented and the end product is a slightly sweet, dark-colored drink unique to Aruba.
Interestingly, just a few years ago, ordering a “Balashi cocktail” at a restaurant or bar in Aruba would have provided you with a glass of fresh water to drink. Named for the island’s desalination plant located in the region known as Balashi, water has since become an integral part of Aruba’s brewing success. As the name Balashi comes from a couple of native Aruac words that mean “near the sea,” it seems like an appropriate title for one of the most famous beers in the Caribbean. Additionally, as the brewery sits among the remnants of a once vibrant gold mining industry in the Balashi region, the distinctive brilliance of Aruba beer appears to be even more connected to the history and unique landscape of Aruba. the island.
As tasting local produce is often one of the great joys of travel, be sure to visit the brewery that has quickly become a source of national pride for all Arubans.
Justin Burch Writes Articles on Aruba Travel for Marriott Resorts