Welcome to the first entry in my Brazilian Good Beer Guide, where you can expect to find reviews of beers, microbreweries and places to drink. Today, I’m gonna be looking at the Eisenbahn microbrewery. Saúde!
Name: Eisenbahn – which in German means railway. The brewery was named after an old railway station that used to be situated nearby the factory.
Location: Blumenau, Santa Catarina.
Tours / Visits: The Eisenbahn factory is located just outside of the town of Blumenau and has a bar (see photo above) where you can try its selection of beers. Also serves food, with the stilton-stuffed croquettes a personal recommendation. For more information see here.
History: The brewery was established in 2002 by a family with a passion for specialty beers, but whom were dissatisfied with the limited selection available in Brazil. Eisenbahn, according to their wesbite, was opened in order to “introduce tradition, flavor and variety to the Brazilian market.”
Three beers (Pilsen, Dunkel and the Pale Ale) were brewed initally, but many have followed in subsequent years including Brazil’s first organic beer in 2004 (Pilsen Natural).
In 2006, after just four years, Eisenbahn was producing ten different beers and today currently produces twelve, as well as two types of champagne and a liquor.
The Eisenbahn range includes:
- Pilsen (4.8% – Lager)
- Dunkel (4.8% – Dark German Lager)
- Kölsch (4.8% – Light German Ale from Cologne)
- Pale Ale (4.8% – Pale Ale)
- Pilsen Natural (4.8% – Brazil’s first organic beer)
- Weihnachts Ale (6.3% – Ale brewed especially for Christmas)
- Weizenbier (4.8% – Wheat Beer)
- Weizenbock (8% – Wheat / Bock Ale)
- Rauchbier (6.5% – Smokey German Lager)
- Strong Golden Ale (8.5% – Ale)
- Oktoberfest (6% – Lager brewed especially for Oktoberfest)
- Eisenbahn 5 (5.4% – Amber Lager)
Where can I buy them?
Other than from the factory itself, it is increasingly common (in São Paulo at least) to find Eisenbahn beers in bars and large supermarkets.
Outside of Brazil, Eisenbahn has already begun to export to the US.
Cost: In the supermarket, a 355ml bottle usually retails at about R$4.50-5 ($2.50, £1.50).
What are they like?
Watch this space for individuals reviews of each of the above beers.