Gas stations, bars, and cafes throughout Cuba are facing a massive beer shortage. Cristal and Bucanero, the country’s favorite beers, have experienced massive supply declines in recent weeks as American tourists flock to the country.
Brewer Bucanero says it needs to build a new plant to keep pace with demand from tourists and a burgeoning private restaurant sector.
After President Barack Obama eased travel restrictions to Cuba, a significant increase in American tourists was quickly witnessed. Along with those tourists is their insatiable appetite for local beers.
The problem is expected to compound in May when cruise ships from Miami begin to deliver new Americans to the Cuban shores.
In 2015, Cuba received a record 3.5 million tourists. Those numbers are expected to increase exponentially in 2016. Experts believe tourist numbers could grow by the same 77% margin they grew in 2015.