Novo Brazil Brewing Co. in Chula Vista Throws Party for Rio Olympians

Novo Brazil Brewing Co., located at 901 Lane Ave. in Chula Vista, joined the San Diego craft beer market one year ago and sells 15 Brazil-inspired brews on tap

A Brazilian brewery in Chula Vista will throw a party for local Olympic athletes returning from Rio de Janeiro Thursday.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Novo Brazil Brewing Co., located at 901 Lane Ave., plans to host a lively homecoming for Olympians, keeping the spirit of Rio alive. The bash will boat Brazilian-inspired craft beer, live entertainment and raffles all in honor of the top-notch athletes that made the 2016 Rio Games so enjoyable.

The brewery makes a Pale Ale named "Rio" and, during the Rio Games, hosted several viewing events to root for local Olympians.

Novo Brazil Brewing Co. is located less than three miles away from the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center (OTC), where many Olympians competing in Rio 2016 trained, including men’s long jump gold medalist Jeff Henderson and men’s triple jump silver medalist Will Claye.

Novo's event coordinator, Gustavo Alvarado, told NBC 7 that every once in a while, OTC coaches will stop by Novo Brazil for a brew. He said the Novo crew hoped that once the coaches and athletes returned from the Rio Games, they'd stop by the brewery for a celebratory beer, too.

“We’re really close to the Olympic Training Center and, you know, the athletes have to play hard, work hard. Every once in a while, they should stop by and have a beer,” Gustavo Alvarado, event coordinator, told NBC 7.

Thursday evening, that will happen as Olympians toast to the Rio Games and remember Brazil.

Novo Brazil offers 15 beers on tap that Alvarado said are “Brazil-inspired but San Diego-brewed.” Many of the beers boast notes of citrus, floral or fruit.

“Think about the tropical flavor,” Alvarado said of the Brazil-inspired brews.

Novo’s Rio Pale Ale is a medium-bodied, floral and citrus brew with a light finish. Alvarado said it’s an easy beer to sip and was very popular on tap during the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.

Novo Brazil Brewing Co. is open daily from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The brewery hosts teacher and U.S. military appreciation days, offering special deals to those who serve the community. The business is family-owned and operated under the helm of Eduardo Pentagna, with lots of help from Colorado-based brewing pro Mauricio Lima.

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