Brazil’s mainstream brews – Skol, Brahma and Antarctica – are fine for staving off the tropical heat, but let’s face it: taste is not their strong suit. Luckily, the craft beer revolution is in full swing throughout Brazil, but German immigrants from the Vale Europeu have had a handle on suds for decades! There is a true beer culture here dating back to the mid-19th century. The following are some of the region’s best breweries, all with tasting rooms in and around Blumenau (start off at Bier Vila and pick your favorites, then head to the breweries themselves!).
Check out www.valedacerveja.com for more information on local breweries.
Cervejaria Eisenbahn Though the craft beer movement has dethroned Eisenbahn as the best and most famous artisanal Brazilian beer, this long-standing brewery has stepped up its game since being acquired by Schincariol, remodeling the formerly lame brewpub into a comfortable diner-like drinking den with a great outdoor patio. The taproom features 15 beers (four on draft). The best way to get there is a R$17 or so Uber.
Schornstein Kneipe This truly excellent microbrewery (pints R$12 to R$20) producers pilsners, double IPA (our fave!), weiss, wit, American pale ale, bock and an imperial stout, among others. Book a brewery tour online. To reach the brewery, grab a half-hourly to hourly Volkmann bus from Av Beira Rio to Pomerode (R$6.20).
Cervejaria Bierland Don't judge a beer by its label – Bierland's brews are much better than their packaging. Thirteen in total are brewed here, including a pale ale, bock, Russian imperial stout and Viennese-style ale, with four on draft at any given time. It's 12km from Centro in Itoupava Central.
Cervejaria Das Bier Das Bier brews pilsners according to Reinheitsgebot (Germany's 1516 beer purity law). Sample the full range at its visitor-friendly facility with a pretty patio – 13 taps plus an epic smoked-oak triple in a bottle. It also serves the most serious eats of the Blumenau-area breweries (mains R$18 to R$24).
Verde Vale runs buses to Gaspar every half hour from an intermunicipal stop across from Hotel Plaza Blumenau (R$4.25). If you can't make it to Gaspar, it has opened Das Bier Kneipe, 5km from central Blumenau in Shopping Park Europeu, with four choices on draft. Catch bus 15 from Estacão Blumenau (R$4.05).
Cervejaria Blumenau Cervejaria Blumenau's brewery in Itoupavazinha, 16km north of Centro, features 15 taps, the majority of which feature some of the city's best craft beer, including a great double IPA. This is the spot to go if you're not looking for strictly German-style brews, but the early closing time means you'll be day drinking! An off-peak Uber runs R$25 or so.