In Argentina, even the beer can be political

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Associated Press

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 13 at 6:02 AM

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina is famous for its bare-knuckled politics, with iconic figures like Gen. Juan Domingo Peron and his wife, Evita, and a history of union battles and leftist guerrilla uprisings.

Now beer-makers in Buenos Aires are capitalizing on this culture, brewing and selling artisan brands that celebrate the country's political icons.

The Peron Peron bar started the trend when it released its blonde beer, Evita. Now it also offers "Montonero," a dark ale named after the 1970s guerrilla group, and "Double K" in honor of Argentine leader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, President Nestor Kirchner.

Across town, the opposition Radical Party has its own brewery, crafting blonde, red and black varieties named after another president, Hipolito Yrigoyen.

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