One of the things I miss most about the UK is a good pint of bitter, but recently I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that Brazilians are also starting to appreciate the acerbic as well. One example is Baden Baden’s 1999, which, as a UK-style bitter produced with UK ingredients, is this week’s Brazilian Beer of the Week.
Baden Baden 1999
Brewery: Baden Baden (Campos do Jordão, São Paulo)
Type: Premium Bitter (ESB)
Size: 600ml bottle
Where purchased: Baden Baden brewery shop.
Cost: R$12 ($5.20; £3.50)
Background: See my feature on the Baden Baden brewery here.
What’s it like?
When I visited the Baden Baden factory back in March of this year I bought a crate containing one bottle of each of the beers they brew. The styles and quality vary but the one that intrigued me most was the 1999 because many of the microbreweries here in Brazil tend to be inspired by German style beers (not unsurprising given the German demographic in the south), and so it is not that common to find Brazilian brewed British bitters – in fact this was the first I’ve encountered.
And how does it compare? Well, actually pretty well.
It pours a dark amber colour with a good frothy white head, and strength-wise it certainly deserves its label as a Premium Bitter.
As for 1999’s taste, it’s fruity and sweet but counterbalanced well with English hops, which overall makes it a very drinkable bitter.
the book is on the table’s Verdict: The best British style bitter that I’ve so far encountered in Brazil, although to be fair there’s not a whole lot of competition.