April 12, 2016 – Cuba is running out of beer as a result of an influx of tourists from America. This could be considered good news for Anheuser-Busch InBev since they have a joint venture with the Cuban government to produce Bucanero at the state-owned plant. At least they are not being sued.
Fox News reports that there were 3.5 million visitors to Cuba in 2015, up 17 percent over the previous year. American tourism increased a whopping 77 percent and apparently they are all thirsty. Even more are expected to travel to the island in 2016.
The state-run bars are at a disadvantage because they get their quota from the state and that’s it. Small, privately owned bars and restaurants, which have proliferated since Comrade Raul Castro said it was OK, can buy beer wherever they can find it. So much for a managed economy.
The California wine industry sent a large delegation to Cuba recently, so perhaps the tourists will be able to switch to a good California Cabernet soon.