Travel website dealchecker.co.uk has sought out the best craft beers from across the globe to inspire thirsty travellers.
Locally brewed craft beer is a booming trend across the world, and sampling some of the local brew is a great way to get in with the locals.
According to dealchecker.co.uk, the best craft beers in Europe hail from Denmark, England, Scotland, Sweden, and the Netherlands.
- Beer Geek Breakfast is a stout by Mikkeller – Copenhagen, Denmark. With oat-based ingredients and a touch of coffee, this stout is apparently best enjoyed for breakfast. Although some might view this as being less than healthy, the craft brewers themselves are actually both former elite runners, Mikkel Bjergsoe and Kristian Keller.
- Wildebeest is a pilsner from Wild Beer Company – Somerset, England. This brewery takes its inspiration from the rugged English countryside of Somerset. This particular brew is described as an ‘espresso chocolate vanilla stout’, said to be best enjoyed in an armchair in front of a roaring fire.
- South Face Red IPA is from Top Out Brewery – Edinburgh, Scotland. This craft brewery is inspired by the dramatic mountain scenery of its surroundings, and its label illustrates Bidean nam Bian summit overlooking Glencoe. The IPA uses New Zealand hops to produce a tropical fruit taste.
- The Imperial Black Lager hails from Brutal Brewing – Varby, Sweden. Brutal Brewing is a spin-off initiative from one of Sweden’s leading breweries, Spendrups, and is run mostly on a voluntary basis by a team of dedicated beer lovers. This lager uses darker malts than traditional Guinness, and has tones of roasted coffee and fresh mint.
- SNAB Koning Honing is an ale from SNAB Bierbrouwers– Purmerend, Netherlands. SNAB Bierbrouwers produces alternative beers, drawing inspiration from forgotten Dutch beverages to produce fresh new flavours. Koning Honing has a sweet flavour from the Canadian clover honey and Sicilian orange blossom in its ingredients list. The ale is described as evoking the crisp air that rolls across Purmerend’s polders.
Other top craft beer picks from dealchecker.co.uk include:
- Seorak Oatmeal Stout from Craftworks Taphouse, Seoul in South Korea. This pioneering brewery was created by a group of close friends who wanted to revolutionise the beer culture in their home country. The brewery’s products are inspired by South Korean mountains, and Seorak Oatmeal Stout’s flavour is said to be earthy, evoking the rugged scenery of the Taebaek mountain range.
- Kaiju! Betelgeuse from the Kaiju! Beer company in Victoria, Australia. The company is all about fantastical beers and cartoon-style label designs, inspired by all things monstrous. Betelgeuse is a hoppy, barley wine, with a fiery flavour.
- Flying Dodo Blonde from the Flying Dodo Brewing Company in Moka, Mauritius. The first and only craft brewery on the island is located in a picturesque village, while the brewery has a ‘beer spa’ selling beer soap and liqueur. This IPA is a crisp and light American style pale ale that the brewers have nicknamed “the elixir of life”.
- Vanilla Gorilla from the Red Brick Brewing Company in Georgia, USA. This is Georgia’s longest running craft brewery, founded by a former Guinness Executive. The porter is flavoured with fragrant vanilla beans and six different malts, and apparently goes perfectly with sweet treats, such as Georgia cherry pie.
- Red Rice Ale from Kiuchi Brewery in Naka, Japan. This brewery is traditionally a sake producer, and the company uses ancient brewing traditions and red rice in its brewing process to create a refreshing ale with hints of strawberry.
Find out about all of dealchecker.co.uk’s craft beer picks from around the world.
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