It looks like America is that guest at a party.
Since President Barack Obama relaxed travel restrictions to Cuba in February, American tourists have descended on the country in ever-increasing droves, apparently bringing a prodigious thirst that’s put a strain on Cuba’s supplies of national beers Cristal and Bucanero.
Bucanero sales exec Mayle Gonzalez told The Guardian on Saturday that the brewer needs a new plant to keep up with demand. (Bucanero also manufacturers Cristal, the country’s leading brew.)
Cuba’s breweries have apparently signed on to deliver over 33 million cases of beer in the upcoming months, considerably more than their current production capability will allow. Bucanero is reportedly planning to import 3 million cases of beer from Dominica to keep up with demand.
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Part of the problem stems from the fact that private businesses compete with state-run outlets for the limited supplies: “Private bars can go out and find supplies where they can, I can only sell what the government gives me,” the manager of a tapped-out bar said.
America: Drinking all your beer since 1776.