As much as I appreciate wine (a.k.a. my saviour during crunch), my not-so-secret love is beer.
As it so happens, German brewing techniques, combined with plentiful natural water sources, and growing number of microbreweries throughout the country make Brazil a great place to explore beer.
The must-try beer in Brazil is chopp. Often compared to draught beer found in other parts of the world, Brazilian chopp is a lightly carbonated, very smooth beer, with perfectly creamy foam. Since chopp is unpasteurized and produced without any preservatives, it has a very short shelf life and must be consumed immediately after opening a barrel. Because of this, it cannot be exported, and it is virtually impossible to find true Brazilian chopp outside of Brazil.