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Friday, August 19, 2016


Rio's craft beer beacon Sergio Fraga brews popular labels. NBC.
Brazil is late catching the craft beer express compared with other countries.  But it is catching up and the recent Olympics in Rio gave local brewers a much-needed shot in the arm from world media.

Kevin Raub from travel blog Lonely Planet recently posted the following: “Some of the Rio’s most exciting craft beer includes 3 Cariocas Oatmeal Pale Ale, Mistura Clássica’s Vertingem IPA, ApaCadabra and Interstelar IPA from Hocus Pocus and the Golden and White ales from Three Monkeys.

Photo of Brewteco via Lonely Planet

If you are in Rio and in desperate need of a hop fix, the following bars are where you’ll find thelupolomaníacos (Brazilian Portuguese slang for hopheads).

--Brewteco – The Barra de Tijuca location was voted best draft beer bar by Veja, the local food and drink Bible, for its 21 taps. In Leblon, the smaller original location, there are only two but it remains a local brewer’s favorite for its traditional Carioca dive bar atmosphere.
--Pub Escondido – Twenty-Four taps of local and international craft beers in Copacabana.
--Botto Bar (Rua Henrique de Novais 71, Praça da Bandeira) Twenty taps in Praça da Bandeira not far from Maracanã stadium.

San Diego TV reporter Steven Luke (NBC) filed a report from the Rio Olympics on a few of the more popular craft beers being consumed in that icon South American city.  He mentioned the following two craft beer labels: Three Monkeys and Cervejaria Fraga:

Leo Gil's Three Monkeys Brownie Ale.  NBC
NBC video:

Other Brazilian Craft Beers: 2Cabeças, 3Cariocas, Punta Hija, Hocus Pocus, Oceanic, Invicta and Tropica Penedon.

Other resource: Forbes Magazine in 2015 on Brazilian Craft Beers:

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