I am becoming increasingly aware that these posts are developing a somewhat narrow focus on the hoppier end of the Brazilian microbrew spectrum, and with that in mind I had planned to mix up the next few posts with a look at something completely different, like wheat beers.
However, said plans were, like the warm dregs of a Skol can, quickly poured down the sink when it came to my attention that Cervejaria Colorado has started to brew an Imperial IPA, perhaps in response to the fine one already produced by their Ribeirão Preto rivals Cervejaria Invicta.
Alas, on chancing upon this discovery it was very much inevitable that a trip would have to be made to the supermarket in order to secure this precious treasure. I’m afraid it also means that you’ll have to wait a little longer to read about wheat beers.
In the meantime, you’ll just have to bow down to Vixnu…
2cabeças with their award for Best Beer Label, which they won at Brasil Brau in June 2013.
Today I am really excited to be able to bring you an interview with Maíra Kimura who is part of the Rio-based Brazilian microbrewery 2cabeças (2cabeças translates as 2 heads).
I met Maíra quite randomly back in March at Lollapalooza when she was amongst a group of my sister-in-law’s friends who were waiting to watch Pearl Jam. Somehow the conversation turned to beer and I discovered that Maíra not only homebrews beer but also works for 2cabeças.
In last week’s post I wrote about Colorado Indica, an Indian Pale Ale that seems to have become something of a cult hit amongst Brazilian microbrew drinkers – and one that I’ll readily admit is a personal favourite.
But, watch out kids for there’s a new challenger to the throne of hops….
Last Tuesday, during my weekly scouting mission (otherwise known as a trip to the supermarket), I stumbled across a beer that I’ve been meaning to try ever since I discovered it online (Ed. Is that like beer porn?): Invicta’s Imperial Indian Ale.
Actually that’s a little white lie since I did in fact have a taster at the recent Brasil Brau beer convention. Unfortunately, whilst I remembered it being very tasty I’d also had more than half a dozen (almost definitely more) other beers and so my memory of it is, I’ll be honest, a little bit hazy.
Anyway, seeing as we’ve now been reunited – outside the lethal environs of a beer festival – it would only seem proper that I should use this week’s Brazilian Beer of the Week to nudge my fuzzy recollection of it.
But let’s be quick…
Invicta Imperial India Pale Ale
In last week’s post I mentioned that one of the things I miss most about being away from the UK is a good pint of bitter. Fortunately, Brazilian microbreweries are starting to produce them, with last week’s Beer of the Week (Baden Baden 1999) being one of the better examples.
Another interesting – surprising even – development in Brazilian beer tastes is the emergence of IPA (Indian Pale Ale) style beers. Surprising because their strongly hoppy, bitter and high alcohol content run contrary to all the mass produced beers that dominate the Brazilian market – namely bland ‘Pilsners’ like as Brahma, Skol and Itaipava.
IPAs are said to originate from the time of the British Empire, when it is claimed that brewers in the UK produced beers with more hops and a higher alcohol content to ensure traditional Pale Ales lasted the boat journey from the UK to India (hence the name). However, there are those who challenge this as being urban myth so your guess is as good as mine.
Nevertheless, all you need to know is that traditional IPAs are not for the faint-hearted. Apparently, they also put hairs on your chest.