History of beer in Portugal
Beer tradition in Portugal steams from the pre-Roman times, when the Lusitans brewed barley beer, but after the Roman conquest, wine became the most popular drink in Portugal, and beer was not popular for centuries, until the English influence brought it back in the 17th century. In the 19th century, with the industrialization, lager style beer became predominant in the country, and in nowadays two big brands, Sagres and Superbock dominates the market. The craft beer movement did not get strength until recently, with breweries like Dois Corvos, Oitava Colina, Mean Sardine or Cerveja Letra.
Brewers from Portugal
1. Mean Sardine
Mean Sardine is a brewery founded in 2013 in Ericeira in Portugal by Jorge, Rolim, Andrew and David. They started selling in Lisbon in 2014 and in 2015 they were present all across Portugal, and doing collabs with breweries such as To Øl. They come from a coastal village, and that is reflected in their beers, as each one has a name related to the sea.
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2. Oitava Colina
Oitava Colina is a brewery founded in 2014 in the district of Graça (Lisbon) by Pedro Romão. They are closely linked to their neighborhood of origin, located behind the castle of Lisbon, and which is honored in different beers starring different characters of the neighborhood. They also have a typical kiosk in one of the viewpoints of Graça, where they sell their beers.
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3. Dois Corvos
Dois Corvos is a brewery founded in 2013 by Susana Cascais and Scott Steffens in the Lisbon quarter of Marvila. Scott had experience as a homebrewer from his hometown—Seattle (USA)—and when he moved to Portugal in 2010, he brought as well some brewing equipment in order to overcome the low beer availability in Portugal back then. They started brewing for friends, and in 2013 they decided to start the company, and in 2015 they brewed their first commercial batch.
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Musa is a Portuguese brewery founded in 2016 by Nuno Carrilho and Bruno Melo. Bruno had already been living in California, where he got in touch with craft brewing, and he worked with Nuno in a consultancy firm. During a work travel, they talked about changing their life and starting a brewery. Nuno then decided to make a trip to East Asia, but when he got back, they decided to make it happen.
Then they started looking for an experience brewer, but after a two month trip around Portugal and Spain they couldn't find one, so they finally found one through ProBrewer, and online site. After many interviews, the chosen one was Nick Rosich, an American brewer from Pennsylvania. They started as gipsy brewers, but now they have opened their own space at Portuguese beer quarter in Marvila.
Their labels are usually parodies of rock music celebrities, like Frank Apa, Mick Lager or Baltic Sabbath.
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