Costa Rica Beer

Today in 1821, Costa Rica gained their Independence from Spain.

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Guild: None Known

National Regulatory Agency: Ministry of Health (Ministerio de Salud); Ministry of Economy, Industry, and Commerce (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Labels must include the following information: Product name; Net content in SI units (e.g., liters); Manufacturer name and address; Bottler; Distributor or importer; Country of origin; Lot ID must appear on each package, either written in plain language or in code; Expiration date (for alcohol beverages with less than 10% alcohol per volume); Directions for use; Sanitary registry number

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.075%


  • Full Name: Republic of Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
  • Government Type: Democratic Republic
  • Language: Spanish (official), English
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 76.3%, Evangelical 13.7%, Jehovah’s Witnesses 1.3%, other Protestant 0.7%, other 4.8%, none 3.2%
  • Capital: San José
  • Population: 4,636,348; 121st
  • Area: 51,100 sq km, 130th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than West Virginia
  • National Food: Gallo pinto
  • National Symbols: Clay-colored Robin (bird), White-tailed deer (animal); Guarianthe skinneri; Guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum)
  • Affiliations: UN, OAS
  • Independence: From Spain, September 15, 1821


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.075%
  • Number of Breweries: 3


  • How to Say “Beer”: cerveza
  • How to Order a Beer: Una cerveza, por favor
  • How to Say “Cheers”: Salud
  • Toasting Etiquette: Toasts are made more often than not. Ticos make toasts to their families mostly, for it is the core of their daily lives.


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 55%
  • Wine: 4%
  • Spirits: 41%
  • Other: <1%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 4.15
  • Unrecorded: 1.40
  • Total: 5.55
  • Beer: 2.29

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 4.2 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Time, location, specific events, intoxicated persons, petrol stations
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 3

Prohibition: None


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