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Cuba running out of beer because of American tourists

With the easing of travel restrictions to Cuba under the Obama administration, the increase in American tourists to the island nation has brought with an increase in demand for beer.

The state-run brewery Bucanero, which partners with Anheuser Busch InBev to make two brands of beer, is running dry because of the increase in tourism, according to a Reuters report.

Leisure travel is still not allowed for U.S. citizens, but travel for 12 authorized categories including educational, religious and cultural reasons is. And now, individuals can book trips to Cuba for these reasons without going as part of a larger group.

Taking advantage of the looser travel restrictions are 30 daily flights from the U.S. as well as the start of cultural cruises from the U.S. beginning next month aboard Carnival Corp.'s Fathom brand.

The Reuters report said Cuba had 3.5 million visitors in 2015, of whom 161,000 were Americans.

Travel to Cuba from the U.S. had been embargoed since 1960 after Fidel Castro came to power and the nation came under communist control.

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