Combining tradition and beer; enjoy the flavour of Río’s breweries
Who could refuse a cold beer?
Río de Janeiro has numerous renowned breweries, with Boteco Belmonte (www.botecobelmonte.com.br) perhaps the most famous of them all. The origins of this brewery chain date back to the mid-1900s, and it has premises in Ipanema (Teixeira de Melo Street), Lagoa (Jardim Botânico), Copacabana (Domingos Ferreira Street), Urca (Avenida de Portugal), Lapa (Avenida Mem de Sá), Leblon (Dias Ferreira Street) and Flamengo (Praia do Flamenco). Frequented by Río de Janeiro’s younger generations at the weekend, these local pubs serve their beers with typical Brazilian ‘pasteizinhos’ (pasties and croquettes stuffed with cheese and meat). Armazén do Chopp (www.armazemdochopp.com.br) on Marqués de Abrantes Street in the Flamengo neighbourhood, is another popular brewery, offering one of the city’s most diverse selections of beers. Garota de Ipanema (Vinícius de Moraes Street) gets its name from one of Brazil’s most famous songs, known in Spain as La chica de Ipanema (The Girl From Ipanema). The reason why? This is where the song writers, Vinícius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim, composed the song. Today, for Ipanema residents, it is still one of the best places to relax with a drink and a bite to eat.