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:
Whilst Brazilian beer consumption (per capita) may lag behind us binge-drinkers from Europe, the demand that its much larger population creates means that as as a market and producer it is the third largest in the world.
A few other factors also contribute towards making beer Brazil’s alcoholic beverage of choice:
- Brazil is very hot + beer is very refreshing = Kerching!
- Its climate is not particularly conducive to producing wine, apart from in the South.
- Apart from cachaça, spirits come from outside of Brazil and are quite expensive (see my post on imports). Continue Reading
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