For many of us who go away on holiday each year, part of the fun is experiencing new cultures and the local food and drink. With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to focus on local beers around the world that you can get to experience on your travels.
Below you will find a fun interactive Local Beers of the World Map created by Holiday Hypermarket, that features local beers in many different countries and continents, along with a brief description of the beer and its strength. You may also find the time zones for each country useful and how long it will take you to reach your destination, so you can be sipping an ice-cold beer in the sunset on your first evening after a day of battling with airports.
Focussing on Northern Europe and Germany to start with, Spaten Oktoberfest is brewed in Munich, the centre of Germany’s biggest annual beer festival. This particular beer is bready and malty with a hint of sweetcorn and honey.
A favourite in France and in fact the country’s number one selling lager is Kronenbourg 1664, made with a unique blend of hops that include aromatic hops from Alsace. And talking of popular beers, Denmark’s Carlsberg Pilsner is possibly the most well-known Pilsner beers and has been brewed since 1847.
Head south to Southern Europe and Italy, we have to give a mention to the Peroni Nastro Azzurro with its multiple flavours that include bread, lemon, malt, sugar, grass and medium bitter hops. Whilst it may be a complex concoction, it is the perfect accompaniment to those renowned Italian dishes many of us are so fond of.
If you are thinking of heading up to Lapland toward the end of the year, then you might like to try their Lapin Kulta which is readily available pretty much everywhere. This premium lager is a clear gold in colour, has a slightly sweet aroma and hints of malt, making it the perfect winter beer.
If on the other hand you are heading over to the United States this year and Florida, then how about trying a Pabst Blue Ribbon from the Pabst Brewing Company? Whilst it may well be a 10-hour flight from London, the Sunshine State has a lot to offer and is home over 150 craft breweries.
Staying Stateside, if Las Vegas beckons, then you can try their Bourbon Imperial Stout made by Joseph James Brewing Inc. This rather interesting beer has hints of coffee, chocolate and an underlying sweetness to it from its oak and bourbon.
South America is unsurprisingly home to many beers. Take Brazil for example, where you can get your hands on an ice-cold Antarctica from the Companhia Brasileira De Bebidas brewery. With an ABV of 5.0% this sweet beer has a slight bitterness as well as hints of caramel, dough and malts.
Head north into Venezuela and you can try a thirst quenching Cervesa Polar from Empresas Polar brewery. This is a pale lager with a clear, sparkling appearance and lightly bitter notes and a soft carbonation, making it a perfect brew for a hot climate.
Closer to home London Pale Ale, brewed by MeanTime, is popular in London with many locals and offers a refreshing mix of citrus, spearmint and hopstack aromas.
So wherever you may be heading off to this year on holiday, have fun doing some research before you go with Holiday Hypermarket’s Local Beers of the World map. You are sure to find some new beers you’ve never heard of before.