They are made in a small scale and sometimes even at home. They don’t have any additives but they have thousands of flavors and aromas and even more adepts. We are talking about the Portuguese Craft Beer. Discover the different brands:


It was one of the first craft beers to emerge in Portugal, in September 2011. Currently, Sovina has five permanent varieties: Amber, Helles, Stout, Trigo and IPA. Amber and Helles were the first ones to emerge in the market, with a successful reception from the appreciators.

Portuguese Craft Beer sovina

Photo: Sovina Craft Beer


It started as a way of three friends spending some quality time together. They set up a stall in a local festivities fair and the 80-liter barrel exposed was sold out in two days. Then they realized that, after all, the fun time spent together was able to make a business. Vadia was born in January 2012 and in November was already winning the Brussels Beer Challenge. You can buy it directly from the website:

Portuguese Craft Beer vadia

Photo: Vadia Craft Beer

A Letra

Two scientists from a Portuguese University created a company dedicated to the research and production of craft beer. The news is that the two are testing different varieties of yeast and hops, for new aromas and flavorings. “A Letra” was born in November 2013 with 4 varieties: A, B, C and D.

Portuguese Craft Beer a letra

Photo: A Letra Craft Beer

Mean Sardine Brewery

Hold tight this freshly caught beer as if it was the last in the sea. Savor every drop. No additives, no chemicals, no secrets, just pure brewing. This is a craft beer whose image and names of beers are connected to the sea. At this point they have two types of craft beer: the Zagaia (Belgian Dubbel), available all year, and the Tarrafa (Weissbier), the summer edition.

Portuguese Craft Beer mean sardine

Photo: Mean Sardine Brewery Craft Beer

8ª Colina

It is not a hillside. But it’s a good company on sunny days! 8ª Colina (8th hill) was born in Lisbon in the heart of a prestigious neighborhood in the city: Graça. There are three types of craft beer: Zé Arnaldo, Urraca Vendacal and Florinda, and each of them tells a story about a typical Portuguese character. Delight yourself with the flavors and the stories!

Portuguese Craft Beer 8a colina

Photo: 8ª Colina Craft Beer

While Portugal may not be a beer destination, it is always great to see the beer culture growing. These small brands bet in quality of flavors and feedstock to serve you an eccentric delicious beer!