Anyway, between the altitude of La Paz and all the travel I decided to only have one drink, so I went with the house Pilsner on tap, advertised as more bitter than the Lager, at 30 IBUs. Also on tap was the Amber. I have to admit I got pretty excited when I noticed the mash tun and boil pot at the end of the bar, making this a proper brewpub. I asked my waiter if I could take a look (sorry, no camera on me!), and he said they were 550 L apiece, and that they brew 5-6 times a month. I forgot to ask how many fermenters were located below, but alas. This setup supplies both the La Paz location and their restaurant outside of Santa Cruz.
To return to the Pilsner, in their branded short-stem tulip, it pours clear with a lovely, rocky white head over a golden color. The aroma starts with a brief whiff of noble hops before moving quickly to malt. The taste was quite straightforward, grainy with a slight lingering bitterness over a light body that goes down easily. All in all, it was a tad hard to belief this is 30 IBUs bitter. It is more bitter than the usual pilsner available here, but it certainly was not “hoppy.” A bit disappointing, but then I’m from the West Coast of N. America and my tastes are skewed anyway.