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Tourism Boom Causing Beer Shortage In Cuba

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HAVANA (CBSMiami) – Cuba could be running out of beer.

Cristal and Bucanero, two popular Cuban brands, are in short supply as more American and European tourists flock to the island.

Another problem is that more and more privately-owned restaurants are opening.

Bucanero said it needs to build a new plant to keep up with demand.

Besides building a new plant, the Costa Rica Star reports Bucanero will be importing 3 million cases of the Dominican brew Presidente on top of the 19 million cases of local beer they are set to make.

Bucanero, which is partly owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, produces Cacique, Mayabe, Bucanero and Cristal, the island's best-selling beer.

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