Our first experience with the extreme coldness of Brazilian beers came when we were staying at the Awesome household in Goiania. Mr. & Mrs. Awesome didn’t speak much English, and our party far less Portugeuse! But as soon as we got settled in their lovely casa, they were getting us settled, cooking us snacks, and offering us cold cervajas (beer in Portugeuse). With the Goania weather being in the mid 90’s, we happily accepted.
They would bring out one-two cans and serve us all. As soon as we got low, they’d get another cold can to split. Not understanding the concept of polar bear beer, we thought this was quite funny their attentiveness to pouring.
Later that night, at Carne da Sol, the polar bear beer started to make more sense. What happens when you go out with friends is that you order in total for your group. They then bring out large frosty bottles (about the size of a forty) in mini cooling sleeves and serve them into tiny glasses.
This allows the beers never to get warm as you can replenish when you finish your glass. Most of the time the servers poured for us. As Daughter Awesome explained, “at a restaurant, we complain about the service if our glasses get low!”
B’s favorite is one called Antarctica with a penguin on it. I can vouch that it’s the coldest beer I have ever had in my life.
When Family Awesome took us to their country club, they also ordered beer. This one came in a fancy cooler, like what we would have wine in at a restaurant.
At the wedding, the servers were super attentive, pouring beers every time you took a sip or two. We found it so funny how we were never empty!! And, it is really easy to lose count this way.
Nonetheless, we are huge fans of our newly learned Brazilian tradition. Maybe we’ll try to replicate this in the States with our wine chiller.