|Our host instructing us on the method|
Beer Tasting Tool Kit. Next time I come I'll take him one signed by the author...
The beers were:
Frankly they were all pretty bad I am sorry to say, but no worse than if I was in the US judging Coors, Miller and Bud. They do have a distinct taste due to the corn, just as US macros have a distinct taste due to the rice they often use. I found the beers lacking in taste and substance and my winner won because it was the only beer in which I could detect even the faintest hint of hops.
Still it was a fun time with lots of denigrating the beer and a friendly contest to see who could name the most beers correctly (the winner was able to name 4 beers correctly and did so twice - impressive - the rest of us peaked at 1). My winner, by the smallest of margins (mainly because I had to choose a winner) was Brahma Extra. I like to think that this confirms my discriminating taste as I chose the only beer that was 'Extra."
So what of the Brazilian craft beer industry? Well it did make one appearance in the from of Baden Baden Stout, which at 7.5% ABV was for me far to heavy and sweet. Take 25% off the grain bill and you might be on to something as the flavors were nice. I had a Baden Baden Golden the last time I was here and I remember finding it a bit heavy as well so I suppose it is their house style and it makes some sense in response to the thin watery beers.
My next time here perhaps I'll arrange a craft beer tasting party, but for now at least I am well learned in the ways of BCB.