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
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 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.