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.
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
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:
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