Heyward Gualandi, Artisanal Imports
Regional Sales Manager
Artisanal Imports, Inc.
Artisanal Imports is an importer, sales and marketing company of specialty beverages from around the globe. Our portfolio represents beverage styles carefully curated to offer artisanal and hand-crafted specialties to the American market. We work in full partnership with our suppliers and are very selective in choosing beverages that are high quality, world-class and unique.
We are excited to introduce Colorado to Nicaragua Craft Beer Co.
Nicaragua Craft Beer Company
Nicaragua Craft Beer Co. is happy to present their flagship beer, Panga Drops Keller Pils, now available in cans with draught coming this summer. Nestled within the beach town of San Juan del Sur, the brewery was established in 2014 by Americans Matt Greenberg, Brendan DeBlois and Bobby Hottensen after a surfing adventure through Central America inspired them to quit their jobs in the US and move to Nicaragua full-time to start the country’s first craft brewery. The 100-seat brewery and restaurant offers a range of beer styles on draft and in bottles, many of which feature local ingredients unique to “the land of lakes and volcanoes.”
Named after the world-famous surfing destination in Nicaragua, Panga Drops registers at 6.2% ABV and is a highly drinkable and interesting take on the Kellerbier style. “We wanted to appeal to informed craft drinkers, but also people who might not be so into hoppier or darker styles,” says President and Co-Founder Matt Greenberg.
Refreshing in flavor and packaging, this unfiltered and crisp golden-colored beer comes in an 8-ounce squat can inspired by local soft drinks. “When you’re drinking a beer in the Nicaraguan heat,” says Greenberg, “the last four ounces tend to get warm. So, we moved those ounces to the next can to keep them cold. The 8-ounce squat cans chill faster to help keep you cool and refreshed.”
The 8-ounce squat can also stands out on shelves. The can design features the Panga boat, which local surfers take out to drop into the wave – emulating the easy-drinking, laid-back vibe that inspired its brewers. As Nicaragua’s only exported craft beer there is no other craft brew quite like it available in the United States. Keep your ears to the ground for a forthcoming, locally-inspired tropical seltzer.
With much gratitude, Nicaragua Craft Beer Co. continues to give back to the place and the waves that inspired its inception through partnerships with Waves For Water, Surfrider Foundation and a variety of local and homegrown efforts in and around the brewpub.
6.2% ABV, 20 IBU
Unfiltered, golden, crisp, and refreshing — a taste of Nicaragua in every sip. Say ‘Hola’ to the perfect craft pilsner for any occasion.