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Active Beers: 6
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Reviews by mhaugo:
2.86/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3 | $$
The Burgman "compound" is amazing. As we drove through the gates we were presented with the options of walking straight into the brewery, or heading up a small flight of stairs into a dance club. The music in the club was a little too loud for an old fart like me, so we elected for option A. Just behind the front door is a bar and dining area, and beyond that is the brewery itself. The dining area has perhaps a dozen tables, a refrigerator full or bottles, and a couple televisions broadcasting soccer. Inside the brewery is additional seating, another small bar, and a good sized gift shop. The brewery is massive and beautiful and a great place to enjoy a pint. Shiny tanks and kettles flank the room, and kegs line the walls. There's even a small children's play area. The gift shop had every piece of brewery merchandise you could ever want, including shirts, hats, aprons, glasses, bottles, kegs, card games, and cutlery sets. Overall I can't imagine an environment more conducive to drinking a pint or three.
Burgman’s beer is slightly better than most Brazilian microcervejarias. Their Lager is a bit sulfury and tastes a like cooked corn, and their Flanders Red doesn't even have the suggestion of sourness (it is more of an amber ale). Their Black is way too sweet and their Stout is a bit thin, but their IPA (pronounced "ee-pah" as if it were a word and not an acronym) is nice and their Weiss is brilliant. The prices were reasonable and ranged from around R$5 to R$8 per pint.
The menu is mostly just variations of meat (sausage, steaks, cow knees, etc.) My friend and I shared a massive pile of fries covered in melted white cheeses. I don't know if this puts me in a good position to evaluate their food, but what we had was decent.
It would be an absolute pleasure to give Burgman an amazing review, but sadly and unfortunate incident marred my experience at the very end. Near closing we asked our waiter to call us a taxi (Brazil has a "zero tolerance" policy on drinking and driving). Instead of calling a cab, they called a "friend" with no license and no meter. Who knows what this guy intended to charge or where he was actually going to take us? We would not get in the car and the staff at Burgman argued with us for over thirty minutes while a legitimate cab was dispatched. Apparently this is fairly common in Brazil and can be dangerous. Overall Burgman was great, but I am very disappointed with this unethical practice. This is why my "service" rating is lower than I would like to see. As much as I enjoyed the place, I will never go back. Please be aware.
In addition, I had another regrettable surprise after I wrote this review. The staff at Burgman told us that they were owned by the same guy that brews at Micro Cervejaria Bamberg, which is about 20 minutes away by car. I had the good fortune of meeting the brewer at Bamberg (who makes amazing beer), and he informed me that he has nothing to do with Burgman. I’m not sure I understand the deception, but it has also left a bad taste in my mouth.
07-27-2013 11:29:45 | More by mhaugo
Cervejaria Burgman in Sorocaba, Brazil
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