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Southwold: Adnams brews up a taste of Brazil for the World Cup

15:29 16 June 2014

Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald, left, with the visitors from the Bodebrown Brewery in Brazil during their visit to the company's brewery in Southwold.

Adnams head brewer Fergus Fitzgerald, left, with the visitors from the Bodebrown Brewery in Brazil during their visit to the company's brewery in Southwold.


Fergus Fitzgerald, head brewer at EADT/EDP Top100 member Adnams, has teamed up with counterparts from Brazil to develop an authentic taste of South America.

Ahead of the FIFA World Cup, currently being hosted by Brazil, Samuel Cavalcanti and colleagues from the Brodebrown Brewery in Curitiba visited Southwold to brew a beer exclusively for JD Wetherspoon pubs.

The result, says Fergus, is an American-inspired pale ale, featuring Centennial, Eldorado and Amrillo hops, which lend the beer elements of citrus, orange blossom and watermelon, with the addition of some Brazillian pink peppercorns which provide a slight peppery juniper berry note.

“We forget sometimes about the diversity of breweries we have at home but the rest of the world is catching up fast and the number of new breweries opening up in Brazil is amazing,” said Fergus.

“The guys brought lots of presents over, including the most important which was some of their beer. I really enjoyed a beer they brewed with stone which was a cocoa infused IPA. It was delicious although my taste buds did need to reconcile themselves with this pale gold beer tasting of chocolate.

“The guys were great company and they brought along a friend of theirs from Paraguay to act as translator, although their English was fine. Anyway, I think we proved over the course of the few days that a couple of beers make us all better translators.”

The visit to Southwold also included, inevitably, a kick-around on the beach.

Fergus added: “We’ve been invited to Brazil to brew a beer and take a trip on the beer train, which is a beer tasting event organised by Bodebrown on board a train from Curitiba to Morretes which takes you through some spectacular scenery.

“My list of places that I really want to visit is growing, but this is certainly near the top of that list.”

Curitiba is the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, in the south of the country, and, with a population of around 1.7million is the eighth largest city in Brazil.

It is among the venues hosting matches during the World Cup, its first being last night’s game between Iran and Nigeria.

Bodebrown Cerveja Curitiba Brazilian Pale Ale is available in JD Wetherspoon pubs throughout June and into early July, while stocks last.

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  • I used to make business visits to Brazil, and always took a four-pack of Greene King Abbot Ale to a friend in Santos. He reckoned English beer, especially Greene King and Adnams, was better than anything they had there. But it is true they have lots of new microbreweries, which produce decent beer. So well done Wetherspoons and Adnams for bringing over this team to give us a taste of their product.

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