Chester Beer Brewing Company

Top choice microbrewery in Puerto Varas

American nanobrewer 'Chester' (real name Derek Way) has been at it since 2006, long before 'craft' was a thing in Chile. His rustic but epic countryside brewery – fashioned from shipping containers – is a true makeshift beervana, with four taps dedicated to experimental one-offs and all of his staples in bottles (IPA, summer ale, APA and stout).

The brewery, 8km north of Puerto Varas, isn't reachable by public transportation but there's a 50% discount for bike arrivals, or catch the Beer Bus (2pm and 4pm), which runs Thursday to Saturday from December to March from the old train station in Puerto Varas.

In 2019, Derek plans to move his operation 1.5km northeast on Línea Nueva (Llanquihue) to a new 220-sq-meter barn and brewery with pub grub, rotating food trucks and parrilla-equipped picnic tables (bring your own beef!).