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trip.me's Favorite Beers Around The World
Jan 17, 2014 by Max
There is not a single nation in the world that doesn't enjoy the refreshing, creamy sensuality of a cold beer joyously traveling down the back of one's throat at the end of a hard days work.
Whether it's clandestine youngsters, covert Indian drinkers or a group of 'geezers' on a stag do, the beer culture is perpetuated by the unification of appreciation, along with the continuation of new breweries and innovative tastes.
As a travel company, trip.me employ an international, well traveled office. Therefore, as beer lovers ourselves, I have conducted an office survey to retrieve some fundamental beer info - the greatest beers from around the world.
As a result, this list provides an eclectic mixture of luxurious lagers, hoppy ales and wholesome stouts. Here are our favorite beers in the world: -
Being from England Paul has an inherent enthusiasm for necking a cold lager, however his "undying love" doesn't stop there. Having lived around the world, predominantly South America, Paul finds solace in expanding his beer knowledge and has 3 favorite beers from around the world.
Paulaner Beer -
Not just due to the name, Paul claims this to be the finest beer to come out of Germany.
Asahi Beer -
Internationally acclaimed, Asahi, from Japan
, is renowned as one of the beer God's.
Septimazo (Bogota beer company) -
Septimazo bogota beer company
Standing tall at 7%, it is no wonder Paul loves 'El Septimazo' of Bogota. He lived in Bogota, Colombia
for 3 years and stands by this "rich, wheaty bottle of goodness".
Hailing from Germany and being fond of beer was just a natural process for Sandra. Her two favorites are very different but equally well established and beautiful.
Tannenzäpfle Beer -
Fruity flavors of the Black Forest in southern Germany
, this beer is a true German favorite.
Pilsener Beer -
Sandra speaks nostalgically of this highly rated Ecuadorian beer. Pure refreshment and the quintessential fluid in Ecuador
Not the biggest beer drinker but Judith vividly remembers hot days from her time in Costa Rica (hint) and Chile (hint) and seeking refuge in their array of cold lagers.
Kunstmann Beer -
A beautiful Chilean
refreshment. With a touch of the German spirit, this beer is appealing in so many ways.
Imperial Beer -
A staple requirement in the Costa Rican
culture. You will see Imperial everywhere, and then you will consume it, everywhere.
Hasseroder Beer -
Bringing it back home to Germany
, Judith adores the light, soothing taste of Hasseroder lager.
Tom is an Ozzy, so one thing guaranteed, he makes a swell beer partner. Beer is his religion.
As he painfully avoids using Fosters as one of his favorite beers, Tom reels off a long list of his favorite Australian beers. Unfortunately I could only take his top 3: -
Coopers Sparkling Ale -
coopers sparkling ale
Tom muttered Coopers within milliseconds of me saying "favorite beer", sparking a keen interest from the rest of us. This south Australian
light ale looks and sounds delicious.
White Rabbit (Little Creatures Brewery) -
little creatures white rabbit beer
Again, Tom was deadly certain about this Freemantle ale, saying that this "robust" beer was the best in Western Australia
Old Admiral -
Just the name sells itself. A hoppy delight, Tom loves to indulge in this malt driven, flavorsome ale from Sydney
Gabriele is an Italian through and through, with an appreciation for great food and even better beer. He thought hard about his favorite beers and the two he came up with are two gems.
The first Belgian
beer on the list, Rochefort produces 3 trappist beers. Always fruity, wholesome and full of mouth-watering flavors. A great trio of Belgian beers.
Manabrea Beer -
A pale lager with an unexpected surprise of hoppy presence. This beer from Turin, Italy
is less-known worldwide but no secret to Italians.
Sophie, although French, has gone all out Belgian for her favorites. Two great selections, both unique in their own way, you can tell Sophie likes to get experimental with her beers.
Delirium Tremens Beer -
delirium tremens beer
Voted best beer in 2008 and Latin for 'trembling madness', this golden ale has a wacky logo and a white bottle, but don't be put off as inside rests a beautiful Belgian
beer consisting of a 3 yeast treat.
Kriek Lambic Beer -
Kriek Lambic beer
A good dose of fruity beers never hurt anyone and this Belgian
beer is a good excuse to get fruity. Think creamy Belgian beer with a cherry twist, magnifico!
I've already made a mistake, Albert is Catalan, but he seems really Spanish so I'll leave it.
Albert stresses that Catalan beer is by far the best in the world. I personally love Estrella Damm but Albert digs deeper into the Catalan scene and pulls out some magnificent recommendations.
Moritz Beer -
A lemony aroma and citrus taste lay the foundations for this refreshing lager. Albert recollects many weekends watching his beloved Barcelona
FC with a Moritz beer in his hands.
Cervesa Del Montseny -
Cervesa del Montseny
gem, Cervesa Del Montseny offers the perfect combination of lagers and ales to refresh those thirsty Catalans.
Alhambra Beer -
Founded in Granada, southern Spain
, Alhambra is regarded as one of the leading beers in Spain. Again offering a great range of light and dark beers, this luxurious beer has been satisfying the Spanish since 1925.
Suzann is representing the United States here in the office and her collection of favorite beers is one of the most interesting, especially the names.
River Dog Beer -
river dog beer
The first in Suzann's series of Calapooia brews
(brewery in Albany, Oregon
), the River Dog is apparently very hoppy but very smooth at the same time, making it a treat for all beer drinkers.
Pooia Porter Beer -
Dark and robust, a coffee tasting, full-bodied, "heavenly" porter beer.
Chili Beer -
A really popular, award-winning beer, filled with flavor and obviously, as the title suggest, chili infused.
Andre, CEO of trip.me, loves beer. Having also traveled extensively and, like Paul, lived in Colombia, his beer knowledge is first class. When he's not cracking award-winning jokes, he's almost certainly indulging in some fresh hops.
Diebels Beer -
A speciality of Düsseldorf
, Diebels is neither lager nor ale. It has the crisp taste of a lager but the darkness and texture of an ale. A true unique German
Windhoek lager -
favorite. When describing this beer Andre said "it's great", then when I started speaking again he interrupted with more enthusiasm on his face and a transfixed look, like Homer Simpson dreaming of donuts but replaced by Windhoek lager and said, "oh, it's actually really, really great".
Tusker Beer -
Tusker beer Kenya
Another African favorite, Tusker beer is native to Kenya
and the perfect refreshment in the Kenyan sun.
Max (Me) (England)
I really like beer, in particular old English ales. That said, I am not adverse to a cold lager. There is nothing better on a hot day than swigging down a frosted bottle filled with ice cold beer.
Here are a few of my favorite English beers, followed underneath by a few around the world that I have sunk without any complaints.
Harvey's Best Bitter -
Harveys Best Bitter
My favorite beer in the world, it's just perfect. Really wholesome, really hoppy and just a perfect compliment to any pub meal.
Tiger Best Bitter (Everards Brewery) -
Tiger best bitter
Brewed in Leicestershire, I first tried this beer at a hotel bar I was working at (Deans Place Hotel
) where they had it as a guest beer. I tried the small sample, as I did with every intriguing guest beer, and just had to have a pint - perfect beer.
Zero Degrees Beer -
zero degrees bristol
Not meaning the beer is actually 0°, this is regarding the beer brewed in Zero degrees restaurant
, which also acts as a micro-brewery. The food is incredible but even better is the selection of beers. I recommend the mango ale.
Club Roja Beer from Ecuador -
Club Roja beer
Crisp, light and refreshing lager.
Star Beer from Ghana -
Star Beer Ghana
Again, very refreshing on a hot day in Ghana
and also a delightful lager.
Everest Beer from Nepal -
I loved Everest beer. In Nepal
it's between this beer and Nepal Ice and I thought Everest won hands down. More flavor and less watery that Nepal Ice.
Biere Larue From Vietnam -
I thought the majority of South East Asian beers were quite average, you know, the Chang's, Singha's, Beer Lao's etc, whereas one of the cheapest, Biere Larue, I found really nice. Depends on the person but I highly recommend this beer.
Yebisu Beer From Japan -
Recommended to me from a friend, and labelled the greatest, most flavorsome beer in the world. Quite the claim.
I'm going to celebrate the end of this list by going for a well-deserved Erdinger (Berlin Beer).
Meanwhile please send us your list of favorite beers from around the world in the comments section below...