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
At the weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Campos do Jordão in the interior of São Paulo. It was largely an excuse to visit the Baden Baden microbrewery although this isn’t the city’s only highlight.
It could almost be the Andes.
Known as Suíça Brasileira (Brazilian Switzerland), Campos do Jordão is largely a touristic city since its mountainous landscapes and cool temperatures (relatively) make it a novelty in Brazil. At a height of 1639m it is also the country’s highest city, and the abundance of German / Swiss styled architecture all add up to making the place strangely deceptive of the fact that you’re actually in Brazil at all. Continue Reading