The March Medellin Guru meetup event will take place on Tuesday, March 12, at 7 pm at Medellin Beer Factory, which is located on Calle 10 in El Poblado in Medellín.
Many readers of Medellin Guru asked that we host meetups in Medellín. So, we started having meetups in Medellín and we are having our seventh meetup on March 12, 2019.
The Medellín Guru meetups are now the largest expat meetups in Medellín. Over 170 people attended our January meetup and over 175 people attended our February meetup.
For our March Medellin Guru meetup we are meeting at the Medellin Beer Factory (Calle 10), which is a sizable restaurant/bar in El Poblado with a large bar for mingling and a patio area. In addition, they have an American-style pool table.
March Medellin Guru Meetup Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Location: Medellin Beer Factory, Calle 10 #35-16, El Poblado, Medellín
We also will have a free beer available for our March Medellin Guru meetup for our first 75 guests at Medellin Beer Factory.
So, the first 75 guests to arrive will receive a free beer, courtesy of Medellin Beer Factory.
Get Your Visa, Legal, Health Insurance, Dental and Real Estate Questions Answered!
Some of the most frequently asked questions on the Medellin Guru website have been about visas, health insurance, healthcare, Colombian taxes, legal issues and real estate. So, for our meetups we invite experts who will be there to answer your questions.
For our meetup in March, we have invited several experts who can answer your questions about visas, health insurance, healthcare, dental, legal issues, real estate and U.S. Veteran issues. So far we have confirmed the following experts will attend:
- Health Insurance Questions: insurance agent will be at our meetup and can answer health insurance questions.
- Visa Questions: the visa agency Expatgroup.co will be there to answer visa questions.
- Legal Questions: Juan Vallejo and Joe Bovino from the Cuadro Legal law firm will be there and can answer questions about many topics.
- Real Estate Questions: the local real estate company Lifeafar Investments will be there and can answer many real estate questions.
- Healthcare Questions: Nicholas Lachelier from Colombia Care and Colombia Care Dental will be there and can answer healthcare questions.
- Legal Questions: Alan Grongora from the Langon Colombia law firm will be there and can answer legal questions about many topics.
- Dental Questions: the dental company International Smiles will be there to answer dental questions.
- Real Estate Questions: the local real estate company Welcome to Medellin Realty will be there and can answer real estate questions.
- U.S. Veteran Questions: Veteran’s Service Officer (VSO) Danilo Bryan will be at the meetup and can help U.S. veterans with healthcare issues such as filing claims. Currently in Panama and expanding to Colombia.
Also, we invited other experts who can other expat questions. So, we may have additional experts at our meetup.
Please RSVP for our March Medellin Guru Meetup
This March Medellin Guru meetup is a good way to network and meet other expats living in Medellín or visiting Medellín. So, join the Medellin Guru staff, readers and friends for food and drinks at Medellin Beer Factory.
Also, attending meetups is one of 13 best ways to meet friends in Medellín as an expat. Please invite your friends to our March Medellin Guru meetup and like and share the event on Facebook!
There is no entrance fee required to attend Medellin Guru meetups and no membership is required.
In addition, at this meetup you will have the opportunity to meet Jeff, the founder of Medellin Guru. So, you can recommend topics for articles you would like to see on Medellin Guru.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know how many will show up. There are four ways to RSVP:
- On Facebook. To RSVP on Facebook you will need to be a member of our Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum. RSVP on Facebook
- In the comments below, you can RSVP by leaving a comment.
- On Meetup.com. We have a new Medellin Guru group on Meetup.com. RSVP on Meetup.com
- Also, you can RSVP via our Medellin Guru Contact form.
More About Medellin Beer Factory
Medellin Beer Factory is a popular restaurant and bar with indoor and outdoor seating plus a large bar. Also, you can watch sports on several TVs. And there is an American-style pool table in the back of the restaurant.
In addition, there is free Wi-Fi available, just ask for the password. So, you can surf the Internet while there.
Medellin Beer Factory has two locations. One is in Parque Lleras and the other is nearby on Calle 10. We are having our meetup at the larger Calle 10 location.
Medellin Beer Factory also has a number of regular promotions. For example, on Wednesdays they have 2 for 1 wings. Also, additional promotions are frequently posted on the Medellin Beer Factory Facebook page.
The Food Menu at Medellin Beer Factory
Medellin Beer Factory has some good food available. For example, on the menu are chicken wings with 12 different sauces for 19,000 pesos for six wings, 31,500 pesos for 12 wings, 60,000 pesos for 24 wings or 101,000 pesos for 50 wings.
Also, there are five different burgers for 27,500 pesos each, four different burritos for 27,500 pesos each, three rib dishes for 32,000 to 45,000 pesos. And there are three different steaks plus pork, grilled chicken and salmon dishes for 32,000 to 45,000 pesos.
In addition, there are four vegetarian options, including a burrito and veggie burger for 11,000 to 25,000 pesos. Also, there is a Caesar salad or choose your own ingredients salad for 24,000 pesos.
Medellin Beer Factory also has a number of typical bar-food appetizers like nachos, onion rings and chili fries. There is a total of nine appetizers on the menu for 11,000 to 18,000 pesos each.
The Drink Menu at Medellin Beer Factory
On the drink menu at Medellin Beer Factory are over 50 different beers. There are 20 different imported beers that range in price from 9,500 to 25,500 pesos. Also, they have 16 different domestic beers for 10,000 to 11,000 pesos each.
In addition, the menu has five types of 3 Cordilleras beers for 9,500 to 10,500 pesos. And Medellin Beer Factory has four varieties of their own premium craft beer: wheat ale, American pale ale, amber ale and sweet stout for 9,500 to 10,000 pesos. Also, the premium craft beer is available by pitcher.
Also, the drink menu has 16 different cocktails including five types of margaritas for 16,000 to 27,000 pesos each. And there are five types of sangria and three micheladas.
In addition, there are 12 different liquors on the menu with prices of 70,000 to 240,000 pesos per bottle or 7,000 to 17,000 pesos per shot.
Finally, the non-alcoholic drink menu includes alcohol-free craft beer, regular sodas as well as five flavored sodas, three types of lemonade and seven types of juices.
How to Get to Medellin Beer Factory
Medellin Beer Factory is located on Calle 10 in El Poblado. And it’s located about four blocks from Parque Lleras.
The nearest Medellín Metro station is the Poblado station on the A Line. Medellin Beer Factory is located about a 20-minute walk uphill from the metro station or about a 7-minute taxi ride from the metro station.
Taxis are another option to get to Medellin Beer Factory from your location. Just provide the driver the address below.
Address: Calle 10 # 35-16, El Poblado, Medellín
Phone: +57 4 311 3806
Hours: Noon to midnight
Photos from Our January and February Medellin Guru Meetups
We had over 170 attendees at our Medellin Guru meetup in January at Medellin Beer Factory. Also, we had over 175 attendees at our February meetup at 20Mission Cerveza.
In addition, we expect another good turnout in March. Here are three photos from our January and February meetups.
The Bottom Line: March Medellin Guru Meetup at Medellin Beer Factory in El Poblado
In response to demand from readers, Medellin Guru is hosting our seventh monthly meetup on March 12 at Medellin Beer Factory in El Poblado.
This meetup is a great way to meet other expats in Medellín. It’s also a good way to get your questions answered from several experts we invite to the meetup and also from experienced expats who have been living in Medellín for many years.
Also, a free beer is available at our March meetup for the first 75 guests, courtesy of Medellin Beer Factory.
In addition, about eight months ago we launched the Medellin Guru Events & Discussion Forum on Facebook for readers to keep up with our events and enable discussions between readers. This group already has over 850 members and is very active with over 1,100 posts, comments and reactions in the past month.
Also, we added a Medellin Guru group on Meetup.com to enable following our events. Furthermore, we looked at 9 reasons to join this new Medellin Guru group.
Many readers of the Medellin Guru website asked that we start having Medellin Guru events and also provide a discussion forum for readers. So, we now have both.
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Editors note: updated on March 8, 2019 with new menu prices.
Thanks for hosting your meetups. I had a great time at your February meetup and plan to be at the March meetup so put me down for 1 rsvp.
Hi David, I put you down for 1 RSVP. See you at Medellin Beer Factory on March 12.
Can you put myself and my wife down for 2 RSVPs?
Hi Doug, sure I put you down for 2 RSVPs. See you at the Medellin Guru meetup on March 12.
PLAN ON ATTENDING YOUR MARCH MEETUP. CAN YOU MARK ME DOWN FOR 3 RSVPs.
Hi Mike, sure I put you down for 3 RSVPs. See you at the Medellin Guru meetup on March 12.
Please put me down for 2 RSVPs
Hi Marc, I put you down for 2 RSVPs. See you at the Medellin Guru meetup on March 12.
I do not know if you are aware the Medellin Beer Factory has increased their food prices dramatically. Like a 50% increase. Costillas that used to be like $23,000 COP are now around $34,000. But they have raised prices on every single item.
I enjoy these events and appreciate the effort you personally put into organizing them. They’re fun and a great way to meet other interesting people. But I like to have some food with my free beer and these new prices are a total rip off. So I must vote with my wallet and will not patronize Medellin Beer Company until they rescind the massive price jump. I can accept a 5%-7% increase. But not 50%. Pure greed.
So until you find a better place to meet I will not be attending this month. And I think from what I was hearing at the Medellin Living event held at the same place, I am not the only one who is disgruntled with the new and significantly higher food prices. So if you see a significant drop in attendance, you’ll know why people are staying away.
Please find a better place to meet that isn’t into taking unfair advantage of the ex-pat community. And please if you move the venue, be sure to tell the owners of Medellin Beer Factory exactly why you made the change.
Hi Norm, I updated the article with new menu prices and the average price increase of 24 items was actually only 14.5%.
The ribs didn’t increase 50% — the most expensive Whisky ribs went from 32,000 to 45,000 COP for a 36.6% increase, which was the biggest price increase on the entire menu. The cheaper baby ribs went from 27,000 to 33,000 a 22.2% increase. Other items on the menu didn’t increase as much. The average increase for the 24 items items I looked at was 14.5% and many items on the menu increased 10% or less and a few didn’t have price changes.
Thanks for doing a full analysis of the new prices. That’s very helpful. They didn’t print new menus, just printed adhesive stickers, one sticker per column. So it wasn’t possible to see the old prices.
I’ll let everyone make their own decision about MBF. if they don’t want to pay 14.5% more for their food. It is certainly possible to enjoyably attend the event and not order any food or sneak out to grab a quick bite at other less expensive places nearby. And the drink prices did not increase. The beer is very good and served ice cold. (Too bad I don’t like beer all that much)
The restaurant is large and a very comfortable place for large groups and the excellent wait staff is adequate to the crowd and very responsive. I hope some of that 14.5% increase went to raises for the staff, both front and back of the house. They work hard. I have been to many events there and the staff is unfailingly welcoming and always happy to see a big group.
Owners can set their prices in whatever manner they choose. Rent is certainly higher in Poblado because that where the tourists congregate and they are the ones with the most money to spend. While Colombia is my residence, many other foreigners are here just to visit and check things out. It is a transitory customer base. Not every business is trying to build loyalty and return business.
Hopefully, the foreigners will choose to venture out further from Calle 10 and Parque Lleras. But as Colombia becomes more popular to Americans, it is changing the native culture. There was one Starbucks here in 2016 when I did my first hesitant exploration of Medellin. Now there are 9 Starbucks with more being added all the time. I prefer to patronize Juan Valdez, Hija Mia or Perigamino. But they are single location enterprises or there isn’t always a Juan Valdez close by, so I’ll stop in at a Starbucks.
But I choose to avoid all American Fast Food brands. I don’t do McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns or any of the rest. I like the diversity of small family-owned businesses found in Colombia. That is a big part of the charm of the country.
That is something missing from modern-day America where there is no longer the thrill of discovery of new places to eat and drink, just the homogenized big brand cookie-cutter culture I found abhorrent enough to leave.
I can only wonder if the price increases were justified by higher costs or were they just exploitative and targeted to the gringos in the hope they won’t notice? Other than staff, you won’t find many Colombians there.
Is it possible to join your arrangement?
Best regards Ulrik 🙂
Yes you can join us, and if you will be at our event promoting a business let me know via https://medellinguru.com/contact/
But our March 2020 event is at Mercado de Sabaneta – https://medellinguru.com/march-2020-medellin-guru-meetup/