11 Beers From Around the World That Every Beer Lover Needs To Try
It’s true that craft beer focuses on the local, but bringing some international beers into your repertoire both at home and when abroad will really broaden your beer horizons. Here are some of our faves.
By The Beer Community on Aug. 04, 2017
Beer is an international drink with an international appeal. It is made on every continent in the world (ok, we don’t know about Antartica). What we are sure of, is that wherever it is made, it is made with passion and drunk with love. We hope you’ll enjoy some of our favorite International picks.
Must-Try North American Beers
Maui Brewing Co., Pog IPA
ABV: 7.1% IBU: 58
A tropical India Pale Ale brewed with locally grown passionfruit, orange & guava.
Longboat Chocolate Porter
ABV: 5.2% SRM: 30
Longboat pours a beautiful dark brown and oozes bold chocolate flavour. Its rich velvet texture smoothes the senses.
South American Craft Beers
A partnership between Bodebrown and the US brewer Stone Brewing, IPA Cocoa is a beer awarded as the best style in Brazil in 2013 at the IPA Day event. It masterfully combines characteristics of India Pale Traditional English Ale with Brazilian touches cocoa format “nibs” during boiling and maturation. With striking aromas, it has an average bitterness and caramel notes with citrus hops in a drink of 6.1% of alcohol content. It was the first Brazilian IPA beer to use the addition of cocoa.
ABV: 5.5% IBU: 27 SRM: 35
Dark malts. Taste and aroma penetrating and nocturnal. Chocolate, black sugar and coffee. This Porter is the Antares beer tribute to the culture of the first pubs in the port of London.
Must-Try African Beers
Kenya Breweries Ltd.
ABV: 4.2% SRM: 4
Tusker is brewed from 100% African ingredients that are all locally sourced. The barley is from the Savannah and the Maasai Mara. The spring water is from the Aberdare Mountains. All the yeast is developed locally. The cornstarch is sourced from a local Kenyan company. Every grain of sugar is delivered from West Kenya. This means that you feel closely connected to the origins and roots of Tusker.
Cervejas de Moçambique
Pours dark brown with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has sweet dark grains and a strong straw note with a touch of hay. Flavour has earth sweet dark grains with a decent amount of straw and a hint of roast.
Must-Try European Beers
Duchesse de Bourgogne
Brouwerij Verhaeghe Vichte
“Duchesse de Bourgogne” is an ale of mixed fermentation. It is a sweet-fruity ale with a pleasant fresh aftertaste. This ale is brewed with roasted malts and with hops with a low bitterness. After the main fermentation and the lagering , the “Duchesse de Bourgogne” matures further for many months in oak casks. The tannins in the oak give the “Duchesse de Bourgogne” its fruity character. “Duchesse de Bourgogne” has a full, sweet and fresh taste : it is a ruby red jewel of 6.2 % alc. vol., that best is served in a chalice-shaped glass between 8 and 12°C. A perfect beer.
Van Honsebrouck Castle Brewery
Kasteel Rouge is a unique blend of Kasteel Donker and a sweet cherry liqueur. This fruity beer makes a great aperitif on a sunny terrace. It’s certainly a beer for lovers of sweet cherries with an overpowering aroma of the fruit. The cherries get the better of the malt in the Kasteel Donker mother beer, although it contributes touches of chocolate and pepper to remind you it’s there. It is surprisingly easily digestible for quite a strong beer.
Must-Try Asian Beers
Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Breweries Ltd.
Pale golden yellow in color, Asahi Super dry is light beer with a grainy/fruity nose. It is light-bodied with a clean dry finish. This brew is very easy to drink.
Must-Try Australian Beers
Nine Tales Amber Ale
ABV: 5% IBU: 20 SRM: 15
The original – and some would say still the best – James Squire craft beer, the Amber Ale is deservedly on its way to becoming an Aussie institution. This full-bodied, malt-driven beer is characterised by its rich copper colour, toffee-caramel sweetness and nutty finish balanced against citrus hop notes.
ABV: 4.6% IBU: 30 SRM: 3
This bright-filtered ale takes inspiration from both the new and old worlds of brewing. It may be a hybrid ale in origin, but we like to think of it as the creation of a truly Australian style of ale.
Hoppy, but not too bitter, we use a whole bunch of hops from around the world to give us woody, green, floral notes with a bit of bite. The malt is subtle to balance the hops and keep things refreshing.
Been to a cool country and tried some amazing beers? Fascinated by the beer culture in a place you are traveling or in the place you live. We want to hear about it. Drop us a line.
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