Beer From Other Places: Brazil

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Kentucky Growler not only values our own state’s beer but all beer. That is why Beers From Other Places was created. It is a digestible overview of beer from different countries, cities, state, and regions. This edition goes down to the other hemisphere to the most populous country in South America, Brazil. 

Brazillian craft beer is young but growing.

Over the past few decades, Brazil has changed drastically. Urbanization has resulted in over eighty percent of the population moving to cities. The larger cities are concentrated on Brazil’s coastline due to tourism and inner parts of Brazil being covered in the Amazon Rainforest. The tourism industry has helped Brazil’s economy recently and Americans make up a large portion of Brazil’s tourists. Even though Brazil has more to offer besides sun and beaches, American beer lovers will most likely end up in the popular tourist destinations.

Sao Paulo is the Brazillian state which hosts the most reputable breweries. The capital of  Sao Paulo is the city of Sao Paulo where Cervejaria Urbana produces, serves, and distributes beer styles across the spectrum.  They consider themselves a “beer lab” which experiments with their recipes. The brewery produces a “milky brown ale” named Teta, adds adjuncts to recipes to produce different variants, and uses Brettanomyces in some of their saisons.

Outside of the capital city, Sao Paulo is home to the first microbrewery in Brazil. Cervejaria Baden Baden has been around for eighteen years. During that time, they have developed a menu of traditional styles. This brewery bottles styles like Helles, Wits, Bocks, and Marzens. Their “Christmas Ale” is not what you would expect from American microbreweries.  While most American Christmas Ales tend to be malty with added spices, Baden Baden’s is “light and fruity” – after all, it’s a summer seasonal in the southern hemisphere.

Another Brazillian state with popular breweries is Paraná. The capital city of Curitiba is home to Cervejaria Bodebrown. It is a new age craft brewery which recently collaborated on an IPA with Stone Brewing which releases in mid-February.  Their social media accounts often feature the founder Samuel Cavalcanti who could be called eccentric and is not afraid to show his partying side.

Brazil is home to over two hundred breweries. The above breweries are some of the highlights but the country and its biggest cities have beer to discover.

Continue to check Kentucky Growler for more information about beer destinations and the beer available here in the commonwealth.


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