Cossab deserves more prominence on the online lists you tend to find when searching for English info on beer in
. Sadly, it doesn’t always make an appearance. Sometimes I suspect that they might not
have even gone and tried any of the beer they are writing about! Buenos Aires
Boedo is not as famous as
or as busy as the
Microcentro, but it isn’t a neighbourhod that is hard to find. It is easily accessible by bus and
subway. Beer is the best reason to
go on an adventure if you have never been to Boedo or didn’t have plans to go already. Boedo is well known for the Abasto shopping center (it used to be the
city’s main market and is now a gigantic mall) and as an area with many high
quality tango shows. Palermo
The beer is very good and is definitely worth the trip. Cossab has been making beer for 9 years in Boedo and opened a second location in Urquiza that is less than a year old at the time of this writing.
I went with my brother and a friend and I really liked the Scotch ale. I promise to go back and update this post with more info on the beers.
Here is an interview I did with the boss himself, Juan Ignacio Sabeckis. [note: the interview is translated from Spanish]
When was Cossab founded?
October 11th 2003.
Why does Cossab sell a variety of beers and not just the beers you brew?
We have the mentality where we are open about everything because we are lovers of artisanal beer and we want to defend this ancient drink. There is a lot of great beer to try, not just the ones we make. If you don’t like the ones I make you can try something from the big variety that we have that will fit with your taste.
This is how it has been for years at the bar. People who didn’t like beer end up trying a honey beer or a fruit beer or something else.
For you, what are some example of some great Argentine beers and Breweries?
Buko, Berserker, Buller, Gambrinus, Pampa, Guillon, Antares, Stone (now closed), Berlina, La Cruz, Zepellin, Otro Mundo (before they were sole to the Heinekin group), Buena Birra Social Club. And many more!
What is your favourite Cossab beer?
I.P.A., and a bitter that we made.
2500 liters a month in
the two bars. When the Urquiza location grows I guess it will be over 3000 liters.
What are your favourite beer styles?
I like all beers, but I prefer IPAs and APAs, bitters, robust touts and wheat beers.
What is your inspiration? Why did you start Cossab?
It all started almost by chance. Here in
around 2002 things were really bad and with a little bit of money that we had
saved with my brother we decided to set up a beer bar with beer we made
ourselves. Little by little we introduced ourselves to the beer world and we
got training to get to the place we are now. This year I’m going to start a
beer sommelier course to keep perfecting myself and perhaps next year I will do
another one. The idea is to always keep moving and to not stay still. Argentina
What time is your happy hour? How much does beer cost?
We don’t work with a happy hour. The idea is that people will come for the beers and not for an offer or a deal. It is for this reason that people come back regularly. Equally, we have prices that are very fair and competitive with other pubs. We are about 20% cheaper than the process you see in other locations.
The pints are between $22 and $24.