Brazilian beer

by Stevie on February 10, 2010

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mmm, Brahma chopp!

Brazilians like beer. It´s the most popular alcoholic drink in that country and it may even be the most popular drink, period. Who knows?

Bohemia and friends are always a party

Unfortuantely, I don´t like beer all that much. It´s a character flaw, I realize, but what can I do? We all have our opinions about things. Actually, Hegui´s sister, Tinha, agrees with me. She says that Brazilian beer is agua choca or stagnant water. She suggested agua suja or dirty water as an alternative. Few Brazilians would agree with that opinion though.

Skol may be at the top of the heap but it's not for me

While travelling in Brazil, it is a necessity to drink Brazilian beer, whether you like it or not. There aren´t a lot of imported beers there though I did have Heineken once. Most cervejas are made in the country itself. They have their own names, flavors, partisans and detractors. After futebol AKA soccer to Americans, I think that the average Brazilian is most engaged in disputes over beer. That´s probably an exaggeration. Just like us at home, mostly Brazilians drink the stuff and talk about other things.

Brazil is happy to host visitors, like this Heineken here

Generally, these beers are pilsner style drinks that are fairly low in alcohol. The few that we really looked at had about 5% EtOH. There seem to be zillions of varieties. I’ll name a few of them that we tried or saw: Skol, Bohemia, Brahma, Antartica, Baden Baden and Nova Schin. Hegui’s sister, Ana, loves Skol and finds Bohemia too amarga or bitter. I think the opposite. To me Skol is more bitter but overall has no flavor or body. I think that it’s sort of like colored water. Bohemia has a bit more structure and taste. Plus I’m turned on by it’s sense of history. Bohemia claims to be the first beer ever produced in Brazil. Neat. Brahma really appeals a lot to me, too.

Like in the U.S., beer is available everywhere in cans, bottles or on tap. If served on tap, it’s called chopp. When it comes in large bottles, it’s usually in a form-fitting thermos-like container to help keep it cold. Brazil is hot after all. We drank a lot of this stuff over our three week stay: at restaurants, at home, on the beach, in the airport, on planes, at parties and so on. You get the idea. Beer is popular here. Saúde!

this Brazilian Therezopolis was excellent though not widely known

where could this Brahma truck be heading?

these great little coolers keep your beer just right in the intense heat

lots and lots of beer choices at the supermarket

Baden Baden is excellent and a bit higher in alcohol than other Brazilian beers

don't let anyone fool you, chopp is the undisputed king of Brazilian beers

Thirsty yet?

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ju February 10, 2010 at 9:05 am

I am!Very thirsty!!!

Can’t wait to drink Bohemia again!It’s my favorite as well.
After I moved to the US and started drinking different beers, I too realized that most of the Brazilian beers taste like “agua choca” (like Bud or Miller Light).
Baden Baden is a great beer…haven’t had it in so so long.

Donizetti February 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

Hi Stevie,
I really like your post and even more the subject, I tent to agree with you on the beer choice, mine is Bohemia as well. I can’t wait until the next time I’ll be in Brazil!


Professor Martin February 10, 2010 at 10:19 am

Wow! I am really having Brazil flashbacks after reading this story. My personal favorite is the Bavaria Classica. Brazil is beer and boy, they are really rockin beer bellies these days!

Lucia Silver February 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm


When my husband visited Brazil, he loved their beer. I am not a beer fan myself so I can’t talk about it.
However, I have to agree with you that when visiting Brazil, you won’t make friends if you don’t drink beer with our fellow Brazilians. I think it agrees with their hot climate and even myself under the 100 degree weather have ventured and enjoyed a few cans of Brazilian beer when traveling through the beautiful beaches of Brazil! “Saude” Cheers!

ritatower February 10, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Looks refreshing for sure. I love beer and the bottles seem to taste better as opposed to the cans with that tin-canny taste! Brazil looks very sexy!

heather February 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm

didn’t realize that Brazil had so many beer offerings, do you know if any of these can be bought here in the States? would love to try some of them, the labels are great!

mike February 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

That’s a cool article about Brazilian beer!
Madonna and Gerard Butler have been drinking Brazilian beer too, check this out:

Luiz Pirola February 17, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Beer is certainly the most popular drink in Brazil.
Being a tropical country and have a rich racial diversity, warmth and joy are constant feature in both Climate and brazilians , so beer is the perfect fuel to refresh and cheer. In 2009 were consumed 10.9 billion liters of beer, exceeded the total consumption in Germany. Analysts say that is because of the increasing affluence of the middle class, the biggest consumer of this wonder.

Amy September 5, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I am so excited to try the Brazilian beer.. My husband and I love Vietnamese and Japanese beer, and we’re always open to trying new ones! Mexican beer is pretty high on our list too, so I’m guessing we’re going to LOVE this.

Richar Quintanillla February 28, 2011 at 4:06 am

Perhaps you can help me out, We are looking for a supplier specially in California or
any other state, to supply us with the Brazilian beer, Skol, Bhrama and Antartica.
We will appreciate any information.

Richard Quintanilla
Sales International
1 650 333 1566
s1550 California St., San Francisco, CA 94109

Michelle Scorcelli May 2, 2017 at 6:49 pm

Im glad you liked our beer! You should try Itaipava, next time you guys come here!

Cheers <3
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