The Pisco-Nasca area is famous for wine cultivating. Their more expensive vintages compare favorably against Chilean imports. Beer is nice, stronger than American brands but less full bodied than European ones. Most of Peruvian beers are made by Backus, currently owned by SAB Miller.
When drinking at bars and/or restaurants, be aware that Peruvian "Happy Hour" is a little different than in most countries. Prices for drinks will usually be posted on the walls and be a little cheaper than normal. Also, most places leave their Happy Hour sign or flier up all day, so it's always Happy Hour in Peru -- so it's more like a list of their special offers and changes the meaning of Happy Hour entirely. The real difference is that you will be served 2 drinks, instead of one, for the listed price -- giving a new meaning to the term "half price." This can be a great way to save money if you are traveling with a group or to meet locals if you are traveling alone. It can also lead you to get completely falling-down-drunk by accident, so be careful.
Chicha de Jora
A cheap traditional alcoholic drink made from corn that is fermented and rather high in alcohol content for a non-distilled beverage. not normally available at formal restaurants and quite uncommon in lima outside of residentail areas. places that sell chicha have a long stick with a brightly-colored plastic bag on it propped up outside their door.
Not to be confused with the previous one, is a soft drink made from boiled purple corn, with sugar and spices added not a soda. quite refreshing, it is widely available and very recommendable. normally peruvian cuisine restaurants will have their freshly made supply as part of the menu; it is also available from street vendors or diners, but take care with the water. bottled or canned chicha morada is made from concentrates and not as pleasant as freshly-boiled chicha.
Or mate de coca, a tea made from the leaves of the coca plant. it is legal to drink this tea in peru. it is great for adjusting to the altitude or after a heavy meal. it may be found cold but normally is served hot. beware that coca leaves are illegal in paraguay, brazil and in many places outside of south america. therefore, be sure to dispose of them if going to countries where they are illegal.
Another popular drink in peru, often sold in the streets by vendors for 50 centimos. served hot, its flavor is best described as a thick, viscous tea, but surprisingly refreshing - depending on what herb and fruit extracts you choose to put into it, of course. normally the vendor's mix will be good enough if you choose not to say anything, but you're free to select the mix yourself. normally sold hot, is the usual after-party drink, as a "reconstituyente", but it can be drunk cold too.
An alcoholic drink with an interesting ingredients list, such as egg whites, that is the main drink in peru and is available in most places. it is made from pisco, a peruvian kind of brandy that is worth a try; it is a strong drink as pisco is over 40° around 70-80 proof spirit, and the sweet taste can be deceiving. since chile tried to register the brand chilean pisco for commercial purposes, peruvian producers decided to defend the denomination of origin pisco is a very old city in peru by being very strict about the quality standards. be sure that you will find a very high quality product in any brand of pisco made in peru.