In the Azores, the weather and the esplanades with amazing sights to the volcanic islands ask for a cold beer. And like the saying: ‘in the Azores, be Azoren’ and ask for an Especial – the traditional beer from the islands.
Especial, a Pilsener type beer, white, moderately aromatic, it’s also called of “Saint beer”, because the factory is in the back of the Convento de Esperança church. You can also find Especial Preta, a black non-alcoholic beer, made from malt extract, cornstarch, hops and caramel.
A cold Especial pairs with every Portuguese snack: snails, ‘tremoços’ (salty lupini beans), seafood, ‘pica-pau’ (strips of pork meat with pickles and Portuguese parsley cooked in beer) or the typical pigs ears. You can also mix beer with 7up – called ‘Panache’ – with Coca-Cola – ‘Diesel’ - or with gooseberry – ‘Tango’.