Start on the Rua Barao de Iguatemi in Praca da Bandeira, where you will find Aconchego Carioca, Botto Bar, and Hop Lab. Aconchego Carioca is a proper “boteco,” the Brazilian equivalent of a pub, with an extensive beer list and great tropical atmosphere. Botto Bar has 20 taps and is popular among craft beer fans. It pours a lot of Brazilian beers but also American and European brews. Hop Lab probably has the largest number of taps in Rio, with 30 lines. Pub Escondido (Rua Aires de Saldanha, 98) has 24 taps in Copacabana so it’s a good location. Also in Copacabana is Melhores Cervejas do Mundo (loja A, R. Ronald de Carvalho, 154), which has a very diverse stock of bottles and it’s a good place to find rare beers. Hocus Pocus brewery tap (R. Dezenove de Fevereiro, 186, Botafogo) is a popular place with a rustic deco and classic craft beer set-up of wood and chalk boards.
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A Brazilian Beer Crawl Enjoy A Few Pints With The Carioca And Paulistanos
Today Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, Paraná, and Rio Grande do Sul concentrate the largest numbers of breweries, bars, and bottle shops in Brazil, with Curitiba, in the state of Paraná, deserving special mention as some of the highest-rated craft breweries in Brazil are based there.
A burst of color in the famous favelas.
If you’re in Brazil then it’s most likely you’ll be in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, so here are some top suggestions.
Emporio Alto de Pinheiros (Rua Vupabussu, 305) has the largest range of craft bottled beers in the city—about 500—as well as 33 taps with Brazilian breweries and excellent imports. Also in Pinheiros, one of the city’s best areas for food and drink, is Cervejaria Nacional (Av. Pedroso de Morais, 604), a brewpub with good beers and sharing platters of food. Cervejoteca (Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmao, 40, Vila Mariana) is a proper bottle shop with small tables for drinking in and shelves packed with beers, with many Brazilian and Belgian beers. Capitao Barley (Rua Cotoxo, 516, Agua Branca) is away from central Sao Paulo but worth the visit for its focus on Brazilian craft beers through their regularly changing 15 taps. Van Der Ale and Emporio Sagarana are opposite each other on Rua Aspicuelta in Vila Madalena, the hip district of the city. Van Der Ale brew their own beers and sell them among some guest beers, while Emporio Sagarana is a rustic, charming place with a smaller range of bottled craft beers beside an equivalent list of cachagas—perfect if you want to pair beers with cachagas, something that many Brazilians do.
And while on your bar crawl, look out for some the following breweries and beers. Bodebrown were one of the original craft brewers and still have a good reputation. Try Urbana’s Gordelicia, Fio Terra, and A Piscadinha—they are all good. Jupiter’s American Pale Ale is famous in Sao Paulo. Colorado is now one of AB-InBev’s brands but that shouldn’t detract from their Brazil-inspired beers, like their coffee-infused Porter. Tupiniquim make the impressive Monjolo Imperial Porter; Coruja make some super lagers. Bamberg beers are based on the best German traditions and are faithful recreations. Dogma have some excellent brews, including Cafuza and Touro Sentado. Synergy Brewing is highly rated; Perro Libre make some good hoppy brews.
Note: Special thanks to Pedro Batalha (follow Guiadecervejas on Instagram) for help with this entry.