Part of experiencing a new culture comes from indulging in the local cuisine. Often we focus all of our attention on the food itself, which of course is a great way to familiarize ourselves with the place we’re visiting, but we shouldn’t neglect to experience the local beverages. So many places around the world boast excellent drinks, and we personally enjoying sampling local beers anytime we head abroad. Why not plan a trip around visiting breweries? Here is your guide to the best places around the world to sample the local brewskis. Cheers!
Bruges & Brussels, Belgium
Any beer lover knows that one of the best places around the world to visit for its beer in Belgium. Did you know that there are over 350 local types of beers made right in Belgium? That’s a serious amount of variety for a small country. When you’re there, you must try lambic beer, which is only made in the country’s Pajottenland region. Be warned, it is a bit sour but is balanced out nicely with a fruity taste. It is truly unique and quite delicious. Breweries you should visit include Brugs Beertje, De Halve Maan, and De Gouden Boom Brewery.
We all associate Guinness beer with Dublin, for the obvious reason that it originates here. Even if you don’t think you like Guinness, you should try one while you’re actually in Dublin. It’s all about the pour! Besides, the Guinness that’s actually made in Dublin is special, which you’ll discover on your own if you visit the Guinness Storehouse. If you’re still looking for something new, you can try a pub crawl through O’Donoghue’s, Doheny & Nesbitt, or Brazen Head. Craft beer lovers shouldn’t miss Galway Bay Brewery, where you can try the tasting flights.
Munich & Berlin, Germany
While we all conjure up images of Oktoberfest when we think of beer and Germany, there is so much more to beer culture there. Gorgeous beer gardens await you throughout Bavaria and Munich. These are fantastic locations to sit back, enjoy a beer (or two…or more…) with your friends, and just have a good time. Try to visit Augustiner Keller, Munich’s oldest beer garden. For those looking for some stein hoisting, you can’t miss Löwenbräu, Augustinerbräu and Hofbräuhaus breweries.
If you are only familiar with Carlsberg or Tuborg when it comes to Danish beer, it’s time to take a trip and step up your game. Denmark actually boasts the most micro-breweries in all of Europe! Some must-visit bars and breweries include Nørrebro, Bryghus, Brewpub, and Mikkeller. Carlsberg also opened up a brewery called Jacobsen brewhouse, which shows off the unique Danish beer culture that the Danes are so proud of.
Portland is known for many things: hipsters, recycling, great food, coffee, and unsurprisingly, great craft beer. With that many hipsters, craft beer is just inevitable, but luckily it’s so good! You can even find local Chinese restaurants that are brewing their very own beer — that’s how popular craft beer making is here.
Denver is a fantastic city to visit, especially if you’re a beer lover. You’ll be able to choose from over 150 breweries. Some that you absolutely should not miss include Great Divide Brewing Co., Wynkoop Brewing Co., and Breckenridge. Try out the beer flights and see which ones you like best! Of course, you can also visit the Coors Brewery, which is actually the largest single-site brewery in the entire world. Colorado as a state is in third place for most craft breweries per capita in the nation, so it’s truly a haven for beer lovers.