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Two beer bottles, one Guinness and one Asahi, being held in the air.

Beer Me: Our Favorite International Beers Around the World

Come for the Guinness, stay for the 13° U Fleků Dark Lager.

by Linnea G.

I’ve probably tried over 300 beers across many different countries. I’ve found that whether it’s in a can or on draft, ice cold or room temperature, battering fish or braising pork, at a bar or a high-end restaurant, there’s absolutely a beer for everyone. Beer has been documented as far back as 4000 BC—and 6,000 years later, we continue to brew it, drink it, and cheers with it. In the 6,000 years of beer drinking, some countries have simply found a way to do it the best. Most of these are on the top 10 lists of best countries for beer, while some of them we felt weren't getting their fair due. Check out the best beers around the world with this brief guide to your hoppy days of travel.

A girl holding cans of a local Australian beer.

Australia

Most popular: Victoria Bitter

Our favorite: Little Creatures Pale Ale

Cheers: “Cheers!” (with Australian accent)

Fun fact: In the 1800s, drunkenness was such a serious problem in Australia that beer was encouraged as a safer and healthier alternative to hard liquor.

Someone's hand holding a stein of beer with the Austrian Alps in the distance.

Austria

Most popular: Stiegl

Our favorite: Loncium India Pale Ale

Cheers: “Prost!”

Fun facts:

  • Stiegl was founded in 1492. So. Old.
  • 1 of 10 authentic abbey breweries in the world, Schlägel Abbey, is the country’s oldest brewery.
Prague city skyline.

Czech Republic

Most popular: Pilsner Urquell

Our favorite: 13° U Fleků Dark Lager

Cheers: “Na zdravi!” (Naz-drah-vi)

Fun facts:

  • The Czech Republic is the #1 beer-drinking country in the world, out-drinking their competitors by over 40 liters per capita (the difference usually is only 1-3 liters between countries).
  • The first pilsner in the world was born here, named after its hometown in Plzeň.
A lit up liquor shelf in an English bar.

England

Most popular: Carling

Our favorite: Late Knights Worm Catcher

Cheers: “Cheers!” (with a British accent)

Fun facts:

  • Brewing in Britain began when the Romans arrived in 54 BC.
  • England is known for its top fermented cask beer (also called real ale) which finishes maturing in the cellar of the pub rather than at the brewery, and is served with only natural carbonation.
  • The UK now boasts the highest number of breweries in the world per capita.
A German beer hall.

Germany

Most popular: Oettinger

Our favorite: Weihenstephaner Kristallweissbier

Cheers: “Prost!”

Fun facts:

  • 500 year-old “Purity Law” (Reinheitsgrebot) dictates brews may only contain water, hops, malt & alter yeast. The law was lifted only 3 decades ago.
  • Oktoberfest actually starts at the end of September. It started in 1810, with Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. Say that 10 times fast.
Two bottles of a local Italian beer, Birra Moretti, sitting in the sand on a beach.

Italy

Most popular: Peroni

Our favorite: Birra Moretti (also very popular)

Cheers: “Salute!”

Fun facts:

  • Beer became popular in Italy as an ideal accompaniment to pizza (duh).
  • In the 7th century BC, Sicilians and Phoenicians traded and consumed beer.
A fridge of various Japanese beer cans.

Japan

Most popular: Asahi Super Dry

Our favorite: Hitachino White Ale

Cheers: “Kanpai! (乾杯!)”

Fun facts:

  • Before drinking, it is always customary to give a toast.
  • It’s rude to pour your own drink in Japan. Let your friend pour yours, then return the favor.
The entrance gate to the Guinness brewery in Ireland.

Ireland

Most popular: Guinness

Our favorite: Guinness (no question here)

Cheers: “Sláinte!” (slawn-cha)

Fun facts:

  • Beer in Ireland can be traced back 5,000 years.
  • Legend has it that St. Patrick had his own brewer, a priest named Mescan.
  • Irish monasteries dominated the manufacture and supply of ale for centuries, which is why there is the ruin of an abbey within the grounds of the Smithwick’s brewery in Kilkenny city.
  • Rather delightfully, the monks would drink their beer during Lenten fasting, and gave it the name “liquid bread.”
Someone holding a local Amsterdam beer bottle while standing by the city's famous canals.

The Netherlands

Most popular: Pale lagers like Heineken, Amstel, and Grolsch

Our favorite: IJwit Brouwerij 't IJ Wheat Beer

Cheers: “Proost!” (Prohst)

Fun fact:

  • 2 of 11 of the world’s Trappist (Roman Catholic monastery) breweries are here. So if you feel like your lagers lack a little monk, this is your place.
Peru.

Peru

Most popular: Pilsen Callao

Our favorite: Cusqueña (also very popular)

Cheers: “¡Salud!”

Fun fact:

  • “Spit beer” was a form of Peruvian brew that involved activating corn’s fermentation by chewing it up and spitting it back into the mix.
An outdoor restaurant in Thailand with people enjoying beers and food.

Thailand

Most popular: Singha

Our favorite: Full Moon Chalawan Pale Ale<