Portugal Beer

Today in 1143, Portugal gained their Independence from the Kingdom of Leon.


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Guild: APCV-Portuguese Brewers Association

National Regulatory Agency: General Directorate for Inspection and Control of Food Quality (Direcção Geral de Fiscalização e Controlo da Qualidade Alimentar)

Beverage Alcohol Labeling Requirements: Labels must include the following information: Name under which the product is sold (No trademark or brand name may substitute for the generic name, but may be used in addition; Net quantity of pre-packaged beverage in metric units (e.g., liter, centiliter, milliliter); Indication of the acquired alcoholic strength; The labeling of beverages containing more than 1.2% by volume of alcohol must indicate the actual alcoholic strength by volume, i.e. showing the word “alcohol” or the abbreviation “alc.” followed by the symbol “% vol.”; Date of minimum durability; According to the Commission Directive 87/250/EEC on the indicationof alcoholic strength by volume, the tolerances allowed in respect of the indication of the alcoholic strength by volume are; 1% vol. for beers having an alcoholic strength exceeding 5.5 % vol. and beverages classified under subheading 22.07 B I of the Common Customs Tariff and made from grapes; ciders, berries, fruit wines, and the like; beverages based on fermented honey.

Drunk Driving Laws: BAC 0.05%


  • Full Name: Portuguese Republic
  • Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain
  • Government Type: Republic; parliamentary democracy
  • Language: Portuguese (official), Mirandese (official, but locally used)
  • Religion(s): Roman Catholic 84.5%, other Christian 2.2%, other 0.3%, unknown 9%, none 3.9%
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Population: 10,781,459; 77th
  • Area: 92,090 sq km, 111th
  • Comparative Area: Slightly smaller than Indiana
  • National Food: Bacalhau; Cozido à Portuguesa
  • National Symbols: Galo de Barcelos; Cork oak; Belém Tower, Armillary sphere; Armillary sphere, The five Quinas (escutcheons), Cross of the Order of Christ
  • Affiliations: UN, EU, NATO
  • Independence: From the Kingdom of Leon, October 5, 1143 / Republic proclaimed, October 5, 1910


  • Alcohol Legal: Yes
  • Minimum Drinking Age: 18
  • BAC: 0.05%
  • Number of Breweries: 11


  • How to Say “Beer”: cerveja
  • How to Order a Beer: Uma cerveja, por favor
  • How to Say “Cheers”: A sua saúde / Saúde (“to your health”) / tim tim
  • Toasting Etiquette: Portuguese people will often toast to health, “Saude!” (pronounced sah-ood), or will merely say “Tchin tchin,” an onomatopoeic toast replicating the sound of glasses clinking.


Alcohol Consumption By Type:

  • Beer: 31%
  • Wine: 55%
  • Spirits: 10%
  • Other: 4%

Alcohol Consumption Per Capita (in litres):

  • Recorded: 12.45
  • Unrecorded: 2.10
  • Total: 14.55
  • Beer: 3.75

WHO Alcohol Data:

  • Per Capita Consumption: 12.5 litres
  • Alcohol Consumption Trend: Stable
  • Excise Taxes: Yes
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Sales Restrictions: Places, specific events, intoxicated persons
  • Advertising Restrictions: Yes
  • Sponsorship/Promotional Restrictions: Yes

Patterns of Drinking Score: 1

Prohibition: None


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