The Lost Hour at Cerveceria Kunstmann, Valdivia

May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

Cervecería Kunstmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Sleep deprived and a little jaded from a day trip to Niebla that wasn’t as fruitful as we’d hoped, we jumped off the bus at Cerveceria Kunstmann hoping for the best. When I say ‘jumped off the bus’ I mean dragged the pram down the stairs and barely managed to grab Alec’s jumper that was being flung from one of the passengers as the bus roared away, only shutting the back door several 100 metres down the road.

Surely there would be people at the cerveceria, one of our secret weapons for entertaining Ollie when he’s tired. We were in luck! The restaurant was packed and even better, there was a group departing for a tour of the cerveceria at 6pm. Perfect, just enough time for us to grab a beer and give Ollie a snack before it started.

No sooner had we sat down to our beer tasting, the manager walks over and asks what we are doing ordering drinks so close to the tour start time. We explain we are on the 6pm tour so we thought we’d have a drink first. After all the tour didn’t start for another hour.

“The rest of the tour is waiting for you before they can begin.”

Alec pulls out his phone. But it’s only 5pm?

“Ah… no, your phone must still be on daylight savings time. It’s actually 6pm.”

Huh? Daylight savings ended? Also, doesn’t time goes backwards when daylight savings ends? Did we completely miss the memo? Oops. Um… what about our tasting selections?

Not to worry, the manager gestures that he’ll reserve the table for us. So we leave our table and ditch the pram, hot footing it over to the start location of the tour. How did we not know about daylight savings? Surely there would have been at least one ad on TV during the few programs we have watched (when not having to rock our devil child to sleep – blog post coming with more on this).

Turned out the tour was fairly heavy, spanish-only, lots of history and not a lot of time in the actual brewery talking about the brewing process. Ollie and I ‘exited stage left’ when he got restless and played on the swings and slide while Alec finished the tour. The beer was super tasty though, Alec got to pour our free pints from one of the vats in the cerveceria and Ollie had his first ‘kids menu’ meal of grilled chicken, avocado (his favourite) and tomato.

We stumbled out of the restaurant a couple of hours later, content and half-pissed. Obviously Ollie would be having a bottle only tonight and not Kunstmann flavoured leche from the boob! Conveniently located a couple of blocks from our cabaña (apartment) was a cafe selling postres para llevar (take-away deserts) which made for a perfect way to end the evening.

Ironically we never did figure out how Google (or our mobile phone) missed the end of daylight savings in Valdivia. Our friends in Santiago later told us that it hadn’t changed there yet and couldn’t explain time going the other way. WTF? However we were extremely grateful for the lost hour at Kunstmann as we had to catch our bus to Puerto Varas the next day and would have rocked up an hour late!

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

Cerveceria Kuntsmann, Valdivia - Chile  //  intrepidmonkeys.com

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