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Chopp Talk

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.

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What I Love About Vancouver

As I mentioned before, I spent this past weekend in Vancouver, and it turned out to be a surprisingly pleasant trip. I mean, I always have a great time hanging out with family and friends, but I normally have some shitty encounter with customer service or a snobby Vancouverite which sours my visit whenever I’m in town and reminds me why I was so glad to get out of that city.

But this time, everyone was so nice and chatty and friendly, and this – coupled with the aforementioned family time – allowed me to really appreciate how much I really do like Vancouver, despite our rocky relationship.

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