During a recent trip to visit friends in Serra Negra, a town in the countryside of São Paulo, we managed to shake off our Saturday morning hangovers just in time to make a lunchtime pit stop at Cervejaria Dortmund, the town’s local microbrewery.
Marcel Longo, the microbrewery director, kindly showed us around the site and also provided some generous tasters from a variety of the beers Dortmund produces. He also kindly offered to answer some questions by way of an interview, which you can find in English below and Portuguese at the bottom of this page. Continue Reading
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.
A few months ago, whilst scouring the net researching lesser-known Brazilian microbreweries (yes, really), I stumbled across the rather devilishly named Cerveja Diabólica, and almost instantaneously I was reminded of the various quips the late Bill Hicks once made about rock ‘n’ roll, including:
Please, give me the Satan-worshiping family down the block … the ones that have the good albums.
You see, it’s not often I’ll admit to being suckered by the marketing of a product, but everything about Diabólica – from it’s name (which translates as ‘diabolical’), to its hellishly designed labels and the 6.66% alcohol content of its IPA – appealed to my inner-adolescent-Slayer and screamed (Tom Araya-esque): “Rock on!”.
Beer of the beast
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.