"Leonardo Sewald is making bomb IPAs in Porto Alegre in the south of Brazil. Seasons was one of the first of this new wave of breweries, and the brewery has all-around good vibes and people who seem truly happy to be doing what they are doing," says Barbaresco. "He captures that spirit of a passionate and dedicated brewer who wants to make amazing, consistent beer."
"They were the first craft brewery to secure widespread distribution in a big, messy country, and they committed to using Brazilian ingredients in each of their beers, which set the stage for today's industry," says Barbaresco, adding that Colorado was one of the craft breweries recently purchased by AB InBev. "They're in the process of building a new brewery and the founder, Marcelo Carneiro, has helped the local community of brewers immensely. They all speak fondly of him."
"Andre Junqueira is at the helm of this gypsy brewery based in Curitiba, and their focus is pushing style limits and creating partnerships with local producers," Barbaresco explains. "Their bottles are beautifully designed, and they collaborate frequently with Brian Strumke from Stillwater, including a beer inspired by [the drug] ayahuasca. Always at the edge of innovation, Morada just recently released Brazil's first cider."