In this study the concentrations of P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Mn, Fe, Zn and Br in twenty-nine brands of national and international
beers were determined by synchrotron radiation total reflection X-ray fluorescence analysis (SR-TXRF). The results were compared
with the limits established by the Brazilian legislation and the nutritional values established by National Agricultural Library
(NAL, USA). The measurements were performed at the X-Ray Fluorescence Beamline at Brazilian National Synchrotron Light Laboratory,
in Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil, using a polychromatic beam for excitation. A small volume of 5 ml of beers containing an internal
standard used to correct geometry effects was analyzed without pretreatment. The measuring time was 100 seconds and the detection
limits obtained varied from 1 mg . l-1 for Mn and Fe to 15 mg . l-1 for P.