Bacardi reintroduces Cuban beer in South Florida

Production of new ale in South Carolina

MIAMI, Fla. - Bacardi U.S.A. is reintroducing a Cuban beer in South Florida.

The beer is called Hatuey and named after a 16th century Indian chief. It was first brewed in 1927 in Santiago de Cuba and became the Caribbean island's most popular beer.

The new version is micro-brewed as a small-batch, premium golden-colored ale at Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, S.C.

Bacardi's previous, lighter version of Hatuey was mass-produced in the U.S. beginning in 1995. When the company stopped production a year and a half ago, it was selling 15,000 cases a year.

The new Hatuey will arrive in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties in the coming weeks. The Miami-based liquor company plans to expand the brand to Broward and Palm Beach counties later this summer, and possibly throughout Florida.

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