Beverage: Xingu Black, a Brazilian Schwarzbier.
Brewed in: Brazil by Cervejaria Kaiser
Beer rating: 82..err 85. Wait, 82
Our review: Alan Eames, a writer, and a beer anthropologist, (yeah, who also wants to redo their vocational path?), set forth on his journey to the Amazon to recreate a brew that dates back to 1557. So guess what? He did it. Pronounced “shin-goo” Xingu Black Beer hit the markets, giving Brazil their first premier export brew with its unique qualities; a color as the darkest stouts, subdued chocolate and nutty aromas, sweet and bitter, but light feel and thirst quenching. Ever been comfortably confused? Neither have we until we tried this beer.
Why we like it: It’s a surprise party that your taste buds kind of expected. We’ve all been there. Karen couldn’t keep her mouth shut about a surprise party for you, taking away the gasp factor. All the efforts to bring unexpected excitement upon you is now thwarted all because of Karen’s lack of commitment to secrets. You still have an amazing party though; you can’t place blame on Karen when the party still has all the qualities that make a great time. What I’m trying to say is that we all know what a Schwarzbier is like, but Xingu has a few party tricks that make it stand out.
Why we don’t like it: Brazil’s number one export is iron ore. This is confusing because we thought that Xingu would have taken that title with no competition. What’s even more puzzling about Xingu is its label, the slogan “Smooth as silk” placed directly above an image of a crocodile. Maybe it's just nitpicky but marketers out there, do you feel me?
Pairs well with: With its origin being Brazil, Xingu pairs well with crippling heat and humidity. It’s just so darn refreshing. We also have theories that Xingu would pair well with Jaguars, the Amazon’s largest land predator. We’ll keep it at just a theory though.