A fellow teacher and I were fortunate to be invited to tour the local microbrewery. You might recognize the name because we had visited the Heilige Brew Pub earlier in the year.
Upon arrival we were let into the warehouse, where we were pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful open space with an interesting combination of modern and retro decor. The doorway at the back leads to the brewery proper.
This space is where they work during the day, and is also available to rent for events and parties.
I would love to know the history of this gorgeous clock. It reminds me of an old time train station or bank.
They have tried various bottling options. The champagne bottles from a few years past, shown in the above and below photos, are a very cool and classy way to bottle beer. The refillable jar was also an option in the past, I like that one especially.
They have also obtained some wonderful historic photos of Santa Cruz do Sul.
This is the Casa des Artes building downtown - now sitting on the corner of the main street and surrounded by other buildings of similar height. It looks much more sumptuous sitting alone in its splendor. You can see some pictures of the interior of the building in my previous blog entry.
Nossa Senhora de la Cerveja.
The production board, showing what stage each batch is currently in.
The barrels full of wet mash are tremendously heavy, so they are lifted with a pulley onto the waiting truck.
The hops are also imported and come compressed into pellets. They are not dry like feed pellets, but moist and flavorful, the scent is very strong. The hops are kept refrigerated until use.
A bit of yeast released from one of the storage tanks. Close up, it looks like frothed molasses.
Finally the distribution - these are different types of kegs and cooling systems for party rentals.