Clandestina was born out of the desire to join the panorama of panamanian craft beer, contributing with unique and high quality beers. This project had three years in gestation until we were able to go on the market on August 17, 2017, our first three bottled beers were: Nómada, Intriga and Ley Seca. It should be noted, however, that our first sale was at the V Craft Beer Festival, which took place between February 17 and 18, 2017 at the Ciudad del Saber. There they baptized us as part of the Panamanian beer community.
Our project has the support of more than 100 shareholders, who through a crowd-funding initiative, contributed the capital required to establish one of the most innovative breweries in the region.
In 1904, Juan Malek, an immigrant from Bohemia, Austro-Hungarian Empire, in what is now the Czech Republic, established in the street of Malambo (today street 16 West) of the Santa Ana neighborhood, a brewery. It was, as far as we know, the first brewery in Panama. In the "Estrella de Panamá" highlights their ads for beer sales, as well as the comments of the editors of the newspaper on the opening of the same. Malek was already an entrepreneur recognized in the city for his adventures in the sowing and cultivation of alfalfa in Coclé and his soda factory "Soder Malek", where he prepared the Kola Malek. Sadly, according to the legend of the Castillo Malek family, the brewery was lost in a fire around 1906.
At the end of 2015 we began to look for investors after a hard work of preparing a business model. The reception was extraordinary to such an extent that we reached a figure of approximately 100 members, until that moment, still parts of a clandestine project. Among them we have people whose ancestors came to Panama for a beer project or whose grandparents or great grandparents had been original partners of the Cervecería del Barú or Nacional. Among our partners we have people who carry beer in their veins committed to making Panama grow. There are foreigners, children of immigrants, of various religions and races. There is not a single group that represents the majority of the shares and there are dozens of small investors that includes students and young professionals. It is a project that we want to reflect a globalized Panama but with local roots.
Months later, in January 2016 we made our first public presentation and those who decided to accompany the project of what will be a great craft brewery, the third largest brewery in Panama in production and the largest in Panamanian capital we reveal the name in a very exciting event at the Amador Theater, precisely, in the neighborhood of Santa Ana, to close the circle with our great-great-grandfather. The selection of the name Clandestina was not left to chance.
When Guillermo made his first beer at home, it was inevitable to remember the story of our great-great-grandfather. And if our great-great-grandfather could do it, why do not we?
Thus began the intrigue to create Clandestine Brewery, almost three years ago. Although it took a while to align the planets, finally the will and enthusiasm met the appropriate circumstances. Our first idea was that we did not want to do this project alone, but open it to more people. We knew there was an interest, not only for projects to invest in, but also for participating in a project whose philosophy we wanted to tie to Panama, its vision of the world, its beer culture and the entrepreneur spirit.
We thought a lot about the values we wanted the brand to reflect: creativity, innovation, high quality and entrepreneurship, but we also came back on issues that seemed important to us: justice, desire to improve the world and friendships. Clandestine can be something that is simply illegal, but when we think of artists, businessmen, writers and politicians with whom we identify, everyone has to work in clandestinity. Today perhaps Ai Weiwei is the artist who most reflects that spirit, but from that garage where Steve Jobs made his first Apple Computer to Gandhi's political resistance and Mandela's leadership, they had something clandestine.
Our workshop is 3 tanks with a capacity of 30 hectoliters and was designed and built by the German company BrauKon.
- 1.200 hectoliters per month.
- 14.000 boxes per month..
Capacity of Fermentation / Maturation:
- Current: 360 Hectoliters per month / 4,225 boxes.
- Mid 2018: 720 Hectolters per month / 8.450 boxes.
- 2019: from 900 to 1.080 Hectoliters per month / 10.560 - 12.675 boxes.
IVÁN SAN MARTÍN
He studied Business Administration at the University of Panama. After working 11 years in banking and 16 years in Nestlé, a trip to Chile led him to take an interest in craft brewing, where he took a one day course at the Mini Brewery that sells home equipment. "I liked it so much that I bought the equipment (less than $ 500) and it was sent to Panama." He put his small machinery in the service room of the house and started making two beer recipes. He returned to Chile and perfected himself with an intensive weeklong contest in the same place. He continued his elaboration for his own consumption, made tastings among friends, whose approval prompted him to create his brand Draft Masters Panama, with beers Bethania's Dubbel and Bocas Wit, which he sold in some restaurants. This experience caught the attention of Guillermo and Diego Quijano who contacted him to offer him the challenge of carrying out a larger-scale project: Clandestina Cervecería which he manages successfully today. Iván was the one who painted on a canvas the C that was later chosen for the Clandestina logo.
He was born in Granada, Spain. He studied Agronomy Engineering with specialization in Food Industry at the University of Mérida, and was trained as a beer master at the University of Alicante. He worked in Breweries in Madrid and in Cerveza Milana in Valladolid. He has lived in Panama for a year and came exclusively at Clandestina Cervecería, after applying for the position in Spain. Before starting at the factory, he received a seven-month training: one week in Germany and the rest in Panama, with the company Brau Kon.
Born in Panama City. Co-founder and initial promoter of the project, Guillermo is the president of the board of directors and promotes the vision of Cervecería Clandestina. He is vice president of Grupo Sucasa and a member of the board of directors of Banco Panama. He was the one who had the curiosity to become a home brewer. Main promoter of the Xa'Madre name and producer of the launching event of the Clandestina brand in Teatro Amador.
Born in Panama City. Co-founder and initial promoter of the project, Diego is the secretary of the board of directors. He is executive in Grupo Sucasa and president of Corprensa. He was the one who discovered Juan Malek's beer sales announcements in the 1904 editions of La Estrella de Panamá at the Biblioteca Nacional. Main promoter of the name Ley Seca and Intriga, he also wrote the philosophies of those two beers and also of Xa'Madre and Nómada.