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.