Brazilians love beer. Very much. Maybe its the weather, or the beaches, or our fantastic food that pairs so well with beer, but it is the most consumed alcoholic beverage in the country. Because of that Brazil has the 3rd largest production of beer worldwide (it is a big country after all, with lots of thirsty people).
Most of the beer produced in Brazil are industrial, large scale brews. But the Brazilian craft beer market has been growing the last few years exponentially, with around 50 new artisanal breweries being born every year. In this scenario, Curitiba the third Brazilian state with most breweries (first is Sao Paulo and second is Minas Gerais) and has some of the most brilliant brews in the country, a few of our personal favorites.
Go to Curitiba for the unusual places and tours, stay for the beer. Here are a few of the places and beers that are mandatory when in town.
A small guide for Brazilian craft beer scene
Where to go to enjoy the Brazilian craft beer scene to the fullest
Bodebrown Brewery – the most famous, traditional and brilliant brewery from Curitiba. Samuel and his brother are building something great and having fun and fantastic beers while they’re at it. Every Saturday they host a Growler Day when people can go and fill their growlers for the week.
A few times per year they host a Beer Train, a 4-hour railway ride from Curitiba to Morretes with beers all around for everyone’s enjoyment, that goes so well with the incredible scenario of the trip. It is one of our favorite places to try during your Brazilian craft beer tour.
Rua Carlos de Laet 1015
Hauer – Curitiba
Hop’n Roll – if you’d like to taste all the great Curitiba beer without having to hop around, look no further. Hop’n Roll has it all. Over 40 taps filled with Curitiba goodness and an in-house brewery. And some delicious food to go with it. Arrive early; the house is always packed, but there you can have the best of the best of Brazilian craft beers.
Rua Mateus Leme 950
Centro Cívico – Curitiba
Gauden Bier Brewery – this brewery has an excellent assortment of house beers, but it lends it equipment to the production of some of the most amazing Curitiba Beers like Morada Cia Etílica, DUM and F**cking Beer. Beer history is made within its walls, so it is worth a visit.
Avenida Manoel Ribas 7015
Santa Felicidade – Curitiba
Avenida Vicente Machado – downtown Curitiba gets busy at night and Avenida Vicente Machado there’s a bunch of pubs and bars that serve craft beers from all around. Have a walk down the lane, sip some beers along the way.
What you must try on your Brazilian craft beer tour
Bodebrown – Cacau IPA
Toasted cocoa seeds and some in you face hops are the push in this fantastic beer. You’ll taste vanilla and some bitter happiness as you empty a pint of Cacau IPA. But don’t stick to it, all Bodebrown beers are worth a try. Be warned that you may fall in love, as we did.
Morada Cia Etílica – Hop Arabica
Morada produces beers, ciders, and great ideas; they’re on of the most amazing brews you’ll find in town. Hop Arabica is a personal favorite, and it would be amazing to have a bottle of it for breakfast every day. It is real coffee, disguised as beer. Awakening and refreshing.
DUM – Petroleum
As valuable as the real petroleum, that’s a beer you must try. Its thickness and bitterness are quite surprising, recommended for those with a taste for strong drinks. It would go well with a cigar for pairings, a flammable combo.
Way – Amburana Lager
Amburana is the Brazilian oak. It smells excellent, and it is used mainly in barrels for aging cachaça. But the Brewers at Way got those used cachaça barrels and filled with their great lager beer. The result is fresh and aromatic, ideal for drinking by itself ou paired with a shot of cachaça de umburania.
If you wanna know a bit more about the Brazilian craft beer, don’t be shy and talk to us at Fotostrasse’s Facebook group. Just join and ask me anything you need. Or leave your comment down below. I hope I helped you a little bit with this small guide to Brazilian craft beer scene.
And if you’re interested in more than just the Brazilian craft beer scene and need an overlook on what this amazing country has to offer, take a look at Fotostrasse’s posts about Brazil.