Brew Review – Guava Pastelito by Beat Culture

It’s almost comical how every brewery in Miami has a guava pastelito beer. But this one came at a rather bizarre time, at the tail end of a very pointed argument that happened on social media regarding whether this guava-filled pastry meets the arbitrary definition of a sandwich.

The consensus was yes, the pastry does meet the slim definition of what a sandwich should be. But it was still a little bit odd, and therefore my reason for opening this can in my rather delicious tour of all things Beat Culture.

I was anticipating the quality, I was not anticipating the chunky.

A quick search confirmed that yes, it was made with actual guava.

Hundreds of pounds of guava.

I love me some guava, so I was quite happy.

Look, if you’re going to drink a beer like Guava Pastelito (Milkshake IPA, 7.5% ABV) from Beat Culture, you need to like it. You need to be one with the love of guava because it’s going to come at you and it’s going to come at you hard.

The aroma is simply incredible. It’s big and bold and sweet and tastes like the guava paste and milk candies you can get at most grocery stores in South Florida. The taste is fantastic, because there’s a lot of features in it.

You have a massive guava pastelito flavor, coming at you with the guava and vanilla which combine to really give you an amazing pastry flavor, coupled with the interesting tang of a slightly citrus-forward hop character that uses its bitterness less like a true alpha acid hopping and closer to the tang of, say, a Berliner Weisse.

It’s a little bit darker and deeper than that, but it’s very, very similar. You get the idea.

So with all that together, you get a beer that intentionally went for, and wonderfully succeeded, at showcasing and celebrating the cultural relevance of this pastry icon.

I’ve had others, but it’s going to be hard for them to beat this one. It will probably take hundreds and hundreds more guavas.

P.S. I’m not really swayed one way or the other if it’s a sandwich or not. I have no horse in this race.

Drink Florida Craft,


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