Bolivia Serves Up Coca Beer To Fight Altitude Sickness

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beer-news10A brewery in Bolivia has come up with a way to get buzzed in more ways than one: coca beer.

Combining the thirst-quenching capability of beer with the stimulating effect of the Andean nation’s coca leaf, Ch’ama is a coca and barley-based alcoholic drink that brewers claim helps locals and visitors cope with Bolivia’s notorious high altitude (close to 12,00 ft).

“As good Germans we love beer,” said Hamburg native Malina, according to The New York Daily News. “There are many types in Germany, but this coca beer is good because here in La Paz it helps us handle altitude sickness.”

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