- This is the Surprising Reason More Indians Are Eating Chocolate
- Here's What Energy Drinks Are Doing to Your Heart
- This Beer Has 30 Lobsters in It
- This Restaurant Will Serve You Mystery Exotic Meats
- Taco Bell Is Finally Opening the Doors to Its Test Kitchen—Here's How to Reserve Your Spot
- This Baby Trying Fried Chicken For the First Time Will Make Your Day
- Could We Please Not Call This Pink Dish Unicorn Curry?
- Avocado Chocolate Bars Have Finally Arrived
- Could Posting Your Food Photos Help You Eat Healthier?
- Soylent's Newest Recall Is Over Unwanted Dairy
American tourists are drinking the nation dry.
The Cuban beer crisis is now official. State-run brewery Bucanero can't produce enough of its two most popular beers—Cristal and Bucanero—to keep up with rising tourist demand.
The cause is obvious: When President Barack Obama eased travel restrictions between Cuba and the United States in February, he opened the door for a flood of American tourists. Last year, Cuba saw 3.5 million visitors, up 17 percent from the previous year. Visits from Americans, in particular, rose 77 percent to 161,000. At the same time, there's been a boom in private-sector bars, cafes and restaurants ever since President Raul Castro removed the Communist state from certain small, private-sector businesses.
So now Bucanero, a joint venture between the Cuban government and Belgium's Anheuser Busch InBev, is reportedly trying to build a new plant to increase production. And it may import millions of cases of beer from Dominica to keep up with the unrelenting thirst.
Private stores and bars, on the other hand, are only partially hobbled since they can sell imported beers if they choose. But we're not over the hump just yet: Hundreds of tourists will be flocking to Havana via cruise ship from Miami in May. The country hasn't had that kind of influx since the pre-Embargo days prior to 1959.
[h/t The Drinks Business]