Finding Real Beer in Rio

By Oliver Bazely, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - For most Cariocas, beer is synonymous with chopp, the ice-cold pale lager served all over Rio, usually from Brahma. Undoubtedly, when the heat rises, a few glasses of chopp are the perfect way to cool down.

Temperature is critical to a good glassful, and the 200-300ml servings are usually small enough to allow the beer to stay cold to the last drop. In fact, chopp is thought to be derived from schopp, which is a German . . .

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