As I’ve mentioned previously, the majority of Brazilian beers are macrobrewed and labelled as Pilseners – albeit watery and quite bland. However, Brazil’s burgeoning microbreweries are increasingly introducing a wide variety of styles and flavours to the market.
One style in particular that I’ve enjoyed recently is Rauchbier – a smoky lager that originates from Bamberg in Germany. Its smoky flavour comes from the drying of malt (one of beer’s key ingredients) over open flames before its use in the production of the beer.
At last week’s first ever Brazilian Beer Competition in Blumenau, two Rauchbiers were adjudged to be Brazil’s best smokey beers, and by chance I happened to have one of each in my fridge!
And they are? Well, the silver medal went to:
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!
Eisenbahn Factory Bar.
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. Continue Reading
Coming from the Northern Hemisphere it still feels a little strange that I should be enjoying summer between the months of December and February. Frankly, given that I from the UK it feels strange to be enjoying summertime at all.
30 degrees at Christmas? Jumping into the sea to celebrate the New Year? What’s that all about?
This time of the year should all be about bleakness: horrific weather; short, dark days (sunset at 3.30pm anyone?); no more holidays until Easter; Celebrity Big Brother, etc.
Remarkably, the only other time I’ve spent Christmas away from the UK was when I was travelling in 2007. My buddy and I headed to the beach in Uruguay anticipating sun we instead found British rain, wind and cloud cover. Bloody typical.
British Christmas in Punta del Este (2007).
Anyway, summer holidays during (my) winter have become just another life adjustment now. Besides, summer in São Paulo is basically all year round anyway, apart from May which is just thoroughly mild. Continue Reading