Belgian Beer Paradise

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rAvg: 4.46
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Bottles: 50
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[ Bar, Store ]

Rua Ibijaú, 196
São Paulo, 04524-020
Brazil
phone: (11) 3596-7150
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Place added by: DoubleJ on 02-19-2012

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4.46/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5

A Brazilian original. Before the Brazilian beer revolution became mainstream just a few years ago, a Belgian man migrated to Brazil and became the first in Brazil to import Belgian beers to the country. This was back in 1997. Much has changed in the market since then, but the focus of Belgian Beer Paradise remains the same, offering Belgian beers with a focus on Duvel.

The store is small, has a wooden interior, a small bar towards the back, and shelves filled with bottles and glassware. From the interior, one can catch a great view of the street thanks to the extra large windows.

When I walked in, I wondered to myself what I was doing here. I had just arrived in São Paulo only 12 hours before, and I wasn´t THAT in need of Belgian nectar. The rumor around was that vintage Cantillon can be found here, and one look proved to bhe true. 6-7 varieties of Cantillon, many almost ten years old. Mardesous 6 and 8 were pouring from the taps, Guinness Special Export Stout, Hoegaarden Grand Cru, Leffe 9, Orval, Westmalle, Gouden Carolus, Mardesous, and lots of lots of Duvel for sale from the bottle. While the selection wasn´t huge, many of those beers did have their own branded glass for sale.

When I asked a store employee about a Cantillon, I was given a response I didn´t get across. That´s my erratic Portuguese´s fault, not his. Enter the store owner, Xavier Depuydt, the father of Belgian beers in Brazil. He could speak English, as well as Portuguese. He warned me about the Cantillon´s, but he quickly noticed that I was serious about them. What I expected to be a quick Q&A somehow blossomed into a four hour conversation of politics, beer, and travel history, all paired with generous doses of Duvel, Duvel Triple Hop, and draft Mardesous 8 (the first in Brazil!). Xavier also explained the difficulties of importing to Brazil, that one needs to keen eye for quality control. After many doses of beer from his inventory, I can say that he passed that test.

While the inventory may not be as large as other stores in São Paulo, BBP offers relatively fresh inventory and quick service (not just Xavier, but the store employees are quick to serve you) in a comfortable setting. If you are in São Paulo and thirst for Belgian creations, Belgian Beer Paradise should be towards the top of the list.

(And just a word of warning; if it rains, bring rain boots, cuz the surrounding streets flood easily). (2,430 characters)

Belgian Beer Paradise in São Paulo, Brazil
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