Nearly every acre of the globe has been conquered by the craft beer scene, from Australia to Estonia and just about everywhere between. With unconventional breweries, fresh take on ancient traditions, and pubs that cater to beer enthusiasts of all palates, there’s a brew for you wherever you go. Perhaps not all of them can be drunk, but if you want to get the most punch for your beer buck, grab your bag and get ready to travel!
North Carolina has a lengthy tradition of autonomous craft brewing just second to Portland on the breweries-per-capita list. Since 1997, the Green Man Brewery has been filling them with weekly live music at its Dirty Jack’s downtown brewery and taproom — another local staple.
Wicked Weed Brewing created its name to produce sweet beers that are slightly off the beaten track. His Funkatorium is a higher spec outgrowth devoted to sour ales and other wild-fermented drinks, along with its initial brewery and tavern.
If in one stay you can’t get to every Asheville brewery from Hi-Wire to Burial, head over to West Asheville to get a taste of it all from Westville Pub. This watering hole in the neighborhood always holds a variety of regional favourites on hand, as well as All Sevens Brewing’s own craft beers.
Grand Rapids wants to call itself the Beer City and makes good on the name, not to be eclipsed by larger towns on the shores. Founders Brewing may have placed it on the map (helped by neighboring Bell’s in Kalamazoo), but with over 80 breweries in the region, this western Michigan place took the name and went with it.
Although situated in a converted mortuary, Brewery Vivant is packed with delicious farmhouse ales. Discover their free-fermented Plein de Vie, bourbon barrel-age annual alternatives, and year-round offers such as the Hop Field IPA with Michigan hops in this iconic East Hills site.
The fact that China consumes more beer than any other nation — a quarter of the world’s beer — is not strange considering its population. And you might discover a vast variety of craft beers across Shanghai internationally and locally to assist that craving.
Boxing Cat Brewery has three city-wide brewpub venues— the better to taste offers such as their contest-winning dry-hopped Sucker Punch pale ale. The brewery frequently teams up with other Chinese and foreign beer brands to create one-offs such as Emperor’s Horses Lychee Pilsner with Brewing Co.
As the United States town with the most per capita microbrews, Portland is at the head of the must-visit list of every beer lover. Stop at Novare Res in the neighbourhood of Old Port to sample a lot of Maine beers in one go-round. From founders such as Allagash to newcomers such as Bissell Brothers, Maine Beer Co., and Liquid Riot, the revolving taps of the bar will not displease.
Oxbow Blending & Bottling incorporates the barrel-aging room via an airy factory-style taproom for the European-inspired beers of the brewing company, like the flagship Farmhouse pale ale. Take a bowl of Belgian frites outside the Duckfat Frites Shop window in hot weather.
Hidden by a staircase (but clear from outside the big illuminated pint window), Popeye is Tokyo’s oldest craft beer bar, established in 1960 as a “Western-style pub” and extending its beer range in the 1990s. With 70 taps, the bar now holds a variety of Japanese, American and foreign drinks and is also an izakaya.
In Baird Harajuku Tap Room, one of two tasting rooms for Japanese craft brewing mainstay Baird Beer in Tokyo, a much more contemporary mixture of izakaya and brew is spotted. US style pizza is the focus at the second in Nakameguro — but both monthly unique beers and key offers are prepared to match your meals at either location.
The beer movement came to Victoria early, with its first tasting room launching in 1984 and ever-increasing numbers of beer brands and beer-focused shops. Some of the craft beer pioneers of BC at Swans Brewery continue to attract faithful supporters to its excellently-appointed taproom and accommodation. Canoe Brewpub, a fellow iconic figure of the scene, is just around the corner where you can kick back on the patio with a delicious pale ale.
Hoyne, a brewing company produced by Swans ‘ former brewmaster and co-founder of Canoe, exemplifies the next gen of Victoria craft beer. With creations like Entre Nous, a Belgian-style witbier brewed with BC cherries, Sean Hoyne is now flying his own flag.
Why wouldn’t you grab a pint of Vento Forte IPA in the Eternal City instead of a glass of Trebbiano? Start with a taste at one of the biggest craft beer manufacturers in Italy, Birra Baladin. Excursions are only accessible on Sundays, but the large beer garden is ideal for a beer and a bite — with variants such as the smoky Garden and the spicy Soraya Summer Ale available solely on tap.
Pick up a huge porchetta sandwich at the small rock-and-roll-focused Donkey Punch store for livelier alternatives and drink a glass with a golden ale from Birra Plurale. At Ma Che Siente Venuti a Fà, one of the initial Roman craft beer bars, pull up a stool for people watching. You will be ready to answer the query posed by their name with 16 taps featuring global pours and a knowledgeable employees: “What did you come here for?”
As the creators of Tallinn Craft Beer Weekend, when it comes to Estonian brewing, Põhjala Brewery has a lot of investment in this sector. These relative leaders have been brewing since 2011 on the local craft beer market. Their brand-new brewpub and 24-tap beer garden premiered to display their own beverages and collaborations with guests at the end of 2018, served alongside US BBQ.
In Porgu, a underground bar and restaurant in Old Town, more Estonian brews take precedence over the draft list. Seek out a truly Estonian taste the koduõlu style, a raw farmhouse ale from the Pihtla brewery on the island of Saaremaa.