Dubbed as one of the world’s oldest beverages, beer never lost its loyal consumers especially in Europe. Either brewed by monks or ancient tribes, beer can always attract people to come and taste its delicacy even though it means that people have to travel miles away from their hometown.
Do you ever travel to hunt the best beer in the world? We have shrunk the list of cities with the best beer so you can pick one among fewer options below:
Come for the Oktoberfest when around 7 million liters of beer are served for the people for 16 days during the festival. The beer is served alongside other Bavarian signatures like dumplings, think bratwurst and mackerel. The festival is able to host about 6 million visitors at once. For the best experience, go pick some seat at the famous Augustiner-Keller Biergarten.
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The Denver Beer Triangle is well known for its beer parties. The area of Denver to Ft. Collins to Boulder is often called as the “Napa Valley of Beer”. In October, there is the Great American Beer Festival. Go visit the Corrs, the biggest brewery in the world that is able to produce approximately 1.6 million gallons of beer every day.
Quebec is crowned as the happiest city in Canada, but Montreal is more famous among beer lovers from around the world. During early summer, you can visit the Mondial de la Biere where hundreds of national and international brews are presented alongside workshops and seminars and other events. Go to Le Cheval Blanc, one of the oldest brewpubs in the city that features the popular handcrafted beers.
Amsterdam is home to Heineken and Amstel brands, big shots in the brewing industry. If you come to Amsterdam for the beer take a Heineken Experience trip in which you can witness the old brewing stills. When the sun has settled in the West, go find some bruin cafes or brown bars that offer exclusive experience of tasting local beers. Café de Wetering and Café ‘t Smalle could be a nice option.
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The Pabst, Miller, Blatz and Schiltz, known as the “Big Four” used to dwell in Milwaukee. The MillerCoors brewery still offers a free walking tour, but you cannot taste the beer. Meanwhile, the Lakefront microbrewery promises a beer and also a souvenir pint glass the second you walk in the door.
Dublin is of course included in the list as the famous Guinness Storehouse is located in the city. In here, you can learn a history about brewery including how the transportation of beer barrels in the past. Guinness seems alluring but for a quirky experience, try the Porterhouse in Temple Bar for a traditional pub grub experience. Try the Plain Porter!
Let’s get back to the US. Boston has Harpoon Octoberfest in which festivities are marked by beer and music, and keg bowling. The Sunset Grill & Tap and Deep Ellum are wonderful. For another alternative, visit the Boston Beer Works that offers numerous homebrewed drafts named after the city’s landmark, for example the Fenway American Pale Ale.
Portland’s local breweries are countless and there are many tasting tours offerings. For one option, go to the Brewvana where you can have lunch with beer pairings and learn a lesson about beer tasting. There are at least 3 beer-related festival in Portland, the International Beer Festival, the Oregon Brewers Festival and Fest Portland.
Besides the capital of the country, Brussels is also often regarded as the capital of Belgian beer culture. Cantillon Brewery has been making its traditional beer since more than one hundred year ago. 4 kinds of traditional beers to taste: Flemish reds, dubbels, lambics and trappists.
The Pilsner Urquell Brewery offers traditional cold beer similar to what the 19th century people drunk. Prague has a beer festival held for 17 days. It is the best time to taste the traditional beers while accompanied by live music on the stage. If you cannot make Prague during the festival, visit U Fleku that has been operating since 1499!
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