When I told Chris we’d been offered the opportunity to review a hostel in La Paz, Bolivia, his reaction was the same as it always is with all things social media related – ‘yeah, whatever’. But when I told him the name of the hostel was Adventure Brew Bed & Breakfast, suddenly I had his rapt attention!

The Adventure Brew B&B is part of the Adventure Brew Hostel, which lies just 20 meters down the road. The unusual, and terrific, thing about these two establishments is that they have their own micro brewery attached to them, the Saya Brewery. What really sold the opportunity to Chris and I though is that when you stay at the hostel you get a complimentary Saya beer each night. Which to a German/Brit couple was all we needed to know!

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Beers with a fluffy white head – take note my English friends, this is what a well-poured beer should look like!

The hostel and B&B are conveniently located just a short walk from the main bus station in La Paz and a five minute walk from the main square near the witches’ market and a large number of restaurants and cozy little bars. We booked into a twin room as usual (Chris sleeps like a star-fish so double beds rarely cut it) which was a great size. This was particularly welcome as Chris was working while we were in La Paz so it was great for him to be able to set up a nice little ‘office’ in the corner of the room where he could type away with a great view of the city through the window. It certainly beat the working environment we got used to in London!

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A double room, with a perfectly suitable bed (for normal people)

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Chris working away in our spacious twin room

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One of the dorms with handy lockers for your belongings

The private bathroom in our room was compact but very clean and equipped with everything we needed, including the all important unlimited supply of piping hot water for showers, an important convenience when you’re staying in one of the world’s highest cities. As were the many layers of duvets provided for us, plus the complimentary back-up option of free hot water bottles. For 20 Bolivianos (less than £2) you can also rent a little electrical heater if you really like to be snug at night. We personally found this unnecessary for all nights except the one following our rain-soaked bike ride down the world’s most dangerous road, more about which in my next blog…The Adventure Brew Hostel and B&B don’t provide towels for their guests, but as we knew in advance and had our travel towel with us it wasn’t an issue.

The B&B also has a Skybar with a fantastic view of the city and there is also a separate restaurant/bar in the Adventure Brew Hostel where you can claim your complimentary beer each day and also enjoy a variety of extremely reasonably priced meals with huge portions. In fact, once we’d realised how big the meals were we ended up ordering a main meal and then a side salad and sharing them, which bearing in mind how much of a porker Chris is really does show how generous the servings were. Breakfast is also included which each morning means an unlimited supply of pancakes (Chris’s record was 6 – 3 jam, 3 chocolate), plus free coffee and tea to wash them down. And as if all of that wasn’t enough to lure you to the Adventure Brew Hostel/B&B, on the roof of both buildings you can also pamper yourself in the beer spa, a relaxing hot beer bath with beautiful views over La Paz (I want a beer spa in my house too!).

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The sky bar

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The restaurant

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All you can eat pancake breakfast

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A spa with a view

The bar area also has a great selection of pub games such as pool (Chris won), table tennis (Chris won, just), table football (I won, as always), and darts (I didn’t even bother trying because I don’t have any tattoos or thick gold bracelets). But despite all the beer and fun games, the hostel and B&B have a very welcome keep-the-noise-down policy from 22:00 each evenings which being in our 30ies, we very much welcomed. 🙂

pool table adventure brew hostel la paz

quiet time sign adventure brew hostel la pazBut from our perspective it wasn’t just the great location, spacious rooms, and all of the food and bar games that really made Adventure Brew Hostel such a great place to stay, it was more the ‘adventure’ and ‘brewery’ part of the experience which is what makes the establishment so unique. As mentioned above each guest gets a complimentary glass of freshly brewed beer every evening and for those who are really into beer you can also take part in a brewery tour. All you can drink beer and a mid-afternoon BBQ is convincing enough for most people, so these tours are understandibly very popular indeed.

At 4,058m altitude the Saya Brewery is one of the highest breweries in the world. During the tour we were shown how the beer gets brewed and then we could sample each of the four different types of beer (lager, stout, bock and ale). We also had the opportunity to try each of these four beers unfiltered (effectively ‘requiring’ you to drink at least 8 beers), either in a glass or how Chris and I preferred it, straight from the barrel. It certainly doesn’t get any fresher than that, although with hindsight it probably wasn’t such a wise idea to take the tour on the day before our bike ride down ‘Death Road’! :-/

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Chris enjoyed the beer so much, he nearly drowned himself…and breathe!

saya brewery tour tammy with barrelI am usually a lager girl but I have to say that the other beers were absolutely delicious too, which I personally think may have something to do with the fact that the Bolivian brewery master, Remo, received training in Germany, the rightful home of beers, so all of his beers are brewed according to the world-famous German purity law. After the beer sampling we were free to enjoy as many bbq sausages with fried onions in a bun as we could manage which was much needed after we’d taken full advantage of Remo’s limitless generosity.

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saya brewery tour outside

Enjoying some delicious Saya beer with stunning views of the Bolivian countryside

All in all, we absolutely loved our stay at the Adventure Brew hostel and especially the brewery tour, which is making my thirsty just thinking about it. So if you like beer, and/or adventure, this is definitely the place to stay in La Paz. Just make sure you have an extra notch available on your belt before you check in though!

Disclaimer: Many thanks to the Adventure Brew B&B for hosting us. We received a discounted room and complimentary brewery tour in return for an independent review. As always all opinions remain my own though, especially about the beer about which I, like German legislation, am very, very fussy.

About Tammyonthemove

Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

24 Thoughts on “Making merry at the world’s highest micro-brewery

  1. We thought the Bolivian beer was surprisingly amazing! Just weren’t expecting it to be so good. This place looks really cool.
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  2. Thanks for this review – looks like they will have guests when we get down to Bolivia. I mentioned the complimentary beer to Ewan and he was sold!
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  3. And I thought that hostels combined with coffee shops were cool! This is way better!
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  4. Far & away this has to be the coolest hostel I’ve ever heard about! Even without the beer (!) and the free food (!!), it looks really cute and comfortable. I’m surprised you guys didn’t move in there! 😀
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    • Tammyonthemove on February 23, 2014 at 1:45 pm said:

      Isn’t it just Steph? I am not normally a hostel fan, but I really liked this one and all their attention to detail.

  5. I am so jealous right now! This hostel sounds AMAZING! Beer and pancakes? Count me in.
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  6. This hostel sounds pretty perfect…. free beer, unlimited pancakes, a rooftop view and those rooms are quite spacious. If I’m ever in La Paz will have to stay there!
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    • Tammyonthemove on March 6, 2014 at 12:15 pm said:

      As far as hostels go this one is the best I have stayed in so far in South America. Our room was really spacious. A lot of hostel rooms are just small boxes, aren’t they?

  7. The only Bolivian beer I tried was the coca beer in the cocaine museum… It didn’t taste good! This looks like a great place to stay. I had a lot of fun at Loki, but I can imagine somewhere more laid back and with so much charm being a great alternative.
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  8. Very cool! Microbreweries are one of my favorite places to visit and write about. Next time I’m in La Paz, I know where to go. Cheers!
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  9. When we finally arrange a trip out that way I think we have found our first stop off. Being members of CAMRA back in the UK means we are always searching out a good pint so you sold this place to us purely on that aspect! 🙂
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  10. On the strength of this blog post, we stayed at the B&B for three nights earlier this May, at the double room in the first picture. One morning I spoke with a traveler at the reception who had just come from the Hostel and she said not to stay there because it’s “horrible and a party place” whereas at the B&B at least you can get a good night’s sleep. On our last night we attended the company’s anniversary party at the Hostel, with live music and jello shots and I could understand what she was saying. Anyway, the B&B is a decent hostel, quiet and clean, close to the bus terminal, the nighttime rooftop view is excellent (if they are willing to serve you at the restaurant), it has one of the better book exchanges I’ve seen, and the security guard at the entrance can be chatty.

    On the flipside, the brewery tour was canceled because of the party (the brewery is out of town I think, I got the wrong impression from your post that it’s on the premises), the staff at the B&B kept giving us wrong information (“the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” style), the kitchen was so run down as to be pretty much useless, the breakfast was area very cold in the morning (we had to microwave the delicious pancakes right after they were put out) and the biggest attraction and the main reason for our booking, the free beer, was the worst I’d had in Bolivia (tried all three styles on tap, the Ambar and Negra were practically undrinkable). On balance, I’m sad to say, though I’m glad for the experience (thanks again for the pointer), I would stay at a different place next time.
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    • Tammyonthemove on May 30, 2014 at 9:43 am said:

      I am glad you liked the B&B Peter. It was one of the quietest and cleanest hostels I experienced in the whole of Bolivia. I am sorry that your experience with the staff wasn’t good though. When we were there they were lovely and extremely helpful.

      I found the beers extremely delicious too and I couldn’t get enough of them, but dark beer is not to everybody’s taste. I personally love it, but then I am German, so I like all beers really. It was unfortunate that there wasn’t a tour available. Drinking fresh beer straight out of the tap would have probably changed your mind. 🙂

  11. Free beer I’m sold! Have heard good things about the Adventure Brew hostel, will def have to check them out next time I’m in La Paz. Those pancakes look pretty damn good also 🙂

    Dan and I really liked the beer in Bolivia (sure did drink enough of it during our 5 months in the country lol!). We’ve actually just finished writing a beer guide for Sucre, Bolivia…quite a few breweries opening up round the place which is great to see! I particularly liked the quinoa beer and I think the coca beer was actually my favourite.
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    • Tammyonthemove on July 29, 2014 at 4:18 pm said:

      Oh I love quinoa beer. It reminds me of German wheat beer. I have yet to try coca beer though. That sounds lethal. 😉

  12. Man, this place sounds awesome! I don’t have any plans to be in Bolivia any time soon, but when I get there, this is definitely on my must-do list!
    Thanks for the information! I am always hunting for new exbeeriences 🙂
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