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The beer situation in Portugal

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When my wife and I visited Portugal a few years ago, we mostly drank wine with our meals and on evenings out. I'm sure we had some beer, but I'm not remembering it.

I'm first a beer drinker. What I know about wine: squat. The only times I know I've had good wine are times when people I was drinking with said something like: "This is really good wine." 😀 

I do, however, know good beer. I'm a beer snob -- not in the make-life-miserable-for-my-companions way; more in the legend-in-my-own-mind way.

So, if anyone here is game, I'd like to get a conversation going about beer in Portugal. I understand there are several major production breweries and, according to Wikipedia, "around one hundred small breweries in the country, dedicated to the production of craft beer."

Along with a general discussion of beer would be a general discussion of places to drink it. Having spent much time in the U.K. doing various of the long-distance walks (aka. country pub crawls), I'm familiar with, and a fan of, that kind of establishment. I hope the number of British expats in Portugal is an indication that some good folks have translated the British pub to Portugal.

But I also want to know what the Portuguese think a proper pub or bar or road house or whatever is. The beer snob in me yearns to expand his horizons.

Happy New Year everyone! Lola and I are very glad to be here 😀 

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I will, if I may, make this a discussion point on Monday's show, first of the year!

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@carlm Will that be Good Morning Portugal?

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Hi Carl. The Irish government in their infinite wisdom, have introduced unit pricing for alcohol. It means that beer, wine and spirits - already 3rd most expensive in Europe  - get even more expensive. 500ml of beer is now €3 minimum, cheapest wine €8, vodka/gin €24 minimum and whiskey/brandy €28 minimum. 

This increase is to raise revenue, but is being sold to stop young people over-indulging.  There is a lot of anger because the government didn't consider making maximum quantity purchases  - ie 2 bottles of wine per person per day, or whatever is the norm. 

You're not allowed buy more than one pack of paracetamol at a time, so the technology is there.

Already there is a guy with a minibus offering trips to Northern Ireland where it is still the old price.  

Patrick Cavanagh Derrymore 

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Did someone say Beer??  I currently live in North Carolina where we have 350+ Breweries in the State.  I am certainly regarded as a fully fledged beer snob 🤣 

My Wife and I visited Portugal earlier this year and found beer options to be somewhat limited.  Sagres and Super Bock are the big brands there and people seem to fall on one side or the other.  Microbreweries were few and far between.

While we were in Lisbon, we did visit one place that I would consider to be a proper Pub but unfortunately can't remember the name right now.  Decent beer selection while showing Premier League on a big screen.

We are hopefully heading back in May, so I'll report back any additional findings....  

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@ericj Lola and I will be in Portugal the end of May and early June. Perhaps we'll be able to meet up for a little local research 😉

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@aclinemissouristate-edu 

Andrew, in case you haven't seen, here's a list of the portuguese breweries (in portuguese), by region: https://www.cervejeirosdeportugal.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Guia_CERVEJEIROS_EM_PORTUGAL.pdf

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@antonio_f Thanks! This is what I call real motivation to learn Portuguese 🙂

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Just watched the Good Morning Portugal show and enjoyed the discussion about beer 🙂 Thanks for the IPA and Stout suggestions!!!  Watching live is a bit difficult because I'm in the middle of North America six hours behind. 

I'm looking forward to more discussion here.

BTW, the .pdf that Antonio posted is excellent. And, yes, it does indeed provide me even more motivation learning Portuguese.

Since the start of the pandemic, I've mostly been doing my pub drinking outdoors. I happen to live in a loft in downtown Springfield in the brewery district 🙂 There are three within a 5-minute walk. Two have outdoor seating. One has a nearly 2-acre yard.

One of the people commenting on the show this morning mentioned that finding craft beer in the markets was difficult in Portugal but that there are craft pubs. Other thoughts on this situation?

Thanks!

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@aclinemissouristate-edu I watched the GMP Show today as well.  Hope the subject of Beer/Pubs continues to gain traction as time goes on....Thanks @carlm 🍻

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Feliz Ano Novo @ericj 🤗

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@aclinemissouristate-edu I hope we helped this morning

And call me so I can buy you one! 913 590 303

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Special guest and 'expert' joins us tomorrow...

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