Another day trip with Gem, this time a little history followed by some beer! We headed off on the local bus to get to a fort on the coast. Called Castillo de la Pura y Limpia Concepción de Monfort de Lemus (Niebla Fort) it’s one of 10 forts that surround the entrance of the Valdivia River.
The fort we visited is now a museum but allows you to understand how the location was used by the various powers over the years to control trade in the area. The 10 forts located on different islands essentially covered the entrance by cannon making it almost impossible to enter.
It was rather a wet and windy day. We were grateful to get into the museum and learn about the history of the fort. The guide wanted us to all know about Lord Thomas Cochran who was head of the Chilean navy after being kicked out of the British Navy. Cochran managed to take the fort with the use of only 2 ships and 300 men. It was all very interesting but really we all wanted to get out of the cold and over to the brewery for some beers!
The Cerveza Kunstmann http://www.cerveza-kunstmann.cl/ – is a German Brewery on the outskirts of Valdivia. As with many areas around southern South America it’s a melting pot of nationalities due to the large emigration. Valdivia saw thousands of German families move to the area around 1845. One family moved to the area in 1850 and set up the brewery which is now regarded as one of the best places in South America to grab a beer.
Naturally John and Gem wanted to try all the beers, but considering the size of the beers I went for a sample round first with the boys getting a big beer each.
We had some food and continued to drink, however the prices for the beers were a little more expensive than our normal beer in the hostel. We headed home to the hostel and cooked another fishy meal in the evening with Gem!