In Argentina, even the beer can be political

Paul Byrne, Associated Press
April 13, 2013
In Argentina, even the beer can be political

A shrine for Eva Peron is lit with candles at the Peron Peron Bar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Friday, April 12, 2013. Argentina is famous for its bare-knuckled politics, with iconic figures like General Juan Domingo Peron and his wife Evita, and a history of union battles and leftist guerrilla uprisings. Now beer-makers in Buenos Aires are capitalizing on this culture, brewing and selling artisan brands that celebrate the country’s political icons. The “Peron Peron” bar started the trend when it released its blonde beer, Evita. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Argentina is famous for its bare-knuckled politics, with iconic figures like Gen. Juan Domingo Peron and his wife, Evita, and a history of union battles and leftist guerrilla uprisings.

Now beer-makers in Buenos Aires are capitalizing on this culture, brewing and selling artisan brands that celebrate the country's political icons.

The Peron Peron bar started the trend when it released its blonde beer, Evita. Now it also offers "Montonero," a dark ale named after the 1970s guerrilla group, and "Double K" in honor of Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner.

Across town, the opposition Radical Party has its own brewery, crafting blonde, red and black varieties named after another president, Hipolito Yrigoyen.