Portugal is home to some extreme craft beers. Who knew? Well, you will after this international edition of “Flight School”…
In this episode, we meet up with Scott Steffens, co-founder of Lisbon’s Dois Corvos Cervejeira. After moving from Seattle to Lisbon with his wife and co-founder in 2012, Scott’s West Coast palate knew there was something missing in the Portuguese beer market. After turning his homebrewing hobby into a business, fast-forward 5 years, and now Dois Corvos is the centerpiece of Lisbon’s recently revitalized Marvila neighborhood, otherwise known as the unofficial “Lisbon Beer District.”
Stick around as Scott takes us through a flight of 4 creative beers while giving us a history of their brewery, and a verbal walking tour of Lisbon’s craft beer culture. Saúde!
Dois Corvos Cervejeira – Lisbon, Portugal
Scott Steffens and his wife Susana Cascais founded Dois Corvos in 2013 shortly after moving to Lisbon and back to Susana’s home country. Since then, Dois Corvos has won multiple awards for having the best beer in Portugal, and have recently expanded their capacity to keep up with the demand.
- Dois Corvos is Portuguese for “two crows,” and I can’t pronounce it for the life of me
- Located in the Marvila neighborhood, Dois Corvos served as a catalyst for reviving the neighborhood and turning it into the unofficial “Lisbon Beer District”
- We discuss beer vs. wine in Portugal, and the locality of some of their beer ingredients which they use in their beer (including fruit from Arbutus unedo, the “strawberry tree”)
- We discuss where to drink in Marvila and Lisbon (see links below)
- Scott shares the story of when he first arrived in Lisbon, and how he was surprised by the way that the Portuguese people responded to their beer…
- Dois Corvos is expanding their capacity
Drinks of the Show:
- Munich Helles – A nod to traditional German-style session lagers, one of Scott’s preferred drinking beers
- Sorvette – Milkshake IPA; lactose and oats are included in the malt bill for smoothness and a sweeter finish, plus homemade vanilla extract
- Chihuahua – A Mexican chocolate stout containing 4 types of Mexican chilis, cinnamon, and cocoa nibs
- Cafuné – A coffee IPA brewed in collaboration with Oitava Colina, using coffee beans roasted in-house
Scott’s Recommended Breweries in the Marvila neighborhood:
- Oitava Colina – Meaning “8th Hill,” 8a Colina is located closer toward the city closer to Alfama. While they don’t have a taproom, they have a kiosk near their brewery.
- Fabrica Musa – About a year old, also in the Marvila neighborhood
- Cerveja Lince – Portuguese for “Lynx.” No public space, but right down the way from Dois Corvos. They have a handy beer locator on their website.
Beer Bars in Lisbon:
- Cerveteca Lisboa – Bottle shop and bar near Bairro Alto
- Duque Brewpub – Lisbon’s first brewpub and a great spot to try local beers
- LisBeer – Clever…another beer bar, located in Alfama
Connect with Dois Corvos:
Visit Dois Corvos:
Dois Corvos Cervejeira is located at R. Cap. Leitão 94, Lisboa, Portugal. Taproom hours are 2pm to 11pm Sunday through Thursday, and 2pm to 1am Friday and Saturday.
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