Yes, the King of Beers! Anyway, it got me to thinking about one of my favorite past-times while traveling. . .drinking local beer. Not sure if this thread has been started (beerman?), but I'd like to hear your opinions on favorite beers (or drinks) world-wide. I'll start with a few of mine:
Obviously Guinness in Ireland
Am quite partial to Speights in New Zealand (and I think I may have helped put the Speights children through school in 2003)
I'd like to throw a shout out to VB and Toohey's New in Australia for allowing me to realize that Foster's isn't actually "Australian for beer, mate".
And to several South American beers, well you may not be the best, but kudos for developing the recylable 1 L bottles and for not judging me while drinking them over lunch.
Good idea for a thread and beer drinking is also one of my top holiday hobbies.
I've only travelled around Asia and loved tiger beer in Singapore and trusty cheap bintang in Bali.
Bloody Fosters!...everyone seems to think that it's a popular beer in Oz but I can't ever recall drinkin' it and I've been here 26 years!
It is a great thread idea, and I vaguely recall a long and animated one in the past about beers from all over when travelling.
I'm also a lover of trying local brews, and do frequently. Lots of damned good beers out there which you never hear of anywhere else, and it's great to experiment with local stuff. I don't have a specific favourite, but i do love a great weissbier, a kolsch or a decent darker ale type beer. But drink allsorts.
Actually, one odd hobby of mine is trying Guinness wherever I go. Just one pint in most places - as it can cost a weeks wages otherwise - to watch them (attempt) to pour it, and see how it tastes being kept in different conditions and brewed using different local waters. Some very different "guiness" out there, and a few of the very best pints I have ever tried have been in the most random and unlikely places.
Oh Johnny, Its not even 11 am and this thread made me get out to the pub...to much fog, mountain closed. TO answer you question, hands down the best I have had is from Lithuania,
heres the website, just an incrediably delecious beer.
Zambia: Mosi Beer!!! Leave everything else behind the bar and go for it!
Venezuela: Polar!! Lovely stuff as well...
Ireland: Kilkenny, not as heavy as Guiness but tastier.
USA: Budweiser! Just kidding, Beerman! Of course it's Huber - but I might be a tad biased... (Still got all the empty bottles at home. Have to find a space to display them!)
But the very BEST beer in the whole wide world, no doubt about that:
'I am giving out a round, guys, who's paying?'
OK, so theoretically, I know something about beer....but the only certain thing about beer is that it tastes different to different people. Taste is subjective, or so I keep telling my boss.
What do I drink? NOT BUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why? Because there is nothing in it. I should know, I have the analyses to prove it. No Miller, no Coors, certainly nothing "light". These beers were the foundation of the joke: What do sex in a canoe and light American beer have in common? They're both f***ing close to water.
USA: I'm biased. I drink my own beer (lager, dark lager, red ale, bock, weisse, wit, oktoberfest...). Though I will try others when travelling, just to see....
Mexico: Corona (not the imported USA version), Tecate, Negra Modelo
Jamaica: Red Stripe, Guinness (8% alcohol)
Canada: Mountain Crest (OK, I make that one too.....), most of Unibroue's products (ie, Le fin du Monde)
Philippines: San Miguel
UK: God, you pick 'em, there are so many to choose from...Any pub ales, bitters, porters, etc.
Belgium: Just about any lambic, witbier
Germany: real Beck's (again, not the import pee), any Weihenstephan beers.
I've recently tried two Latvian beers, good, though the names escape me. I'd like to try Russian beers since they are starting to make some real high octane stuff (apparently cuts down on vodka consumption). Japanese beers tend to have little malt flavor and lots of alcohol.
Basically, anyplace where they brew on premise. I'm not much on sitting in one place drinking all day (go figure) but I do like to try it all.
More importantly, I like to talk with the pub brewers and see what they're using for ingredients. I despise those who claim that they use 10 different kinds of malted barley and 12 different hops to make a complex beer. Those people have no clue as to the sublety of beer. It's like getting slammed in the forehead with a sledgehammer. It's too much. Perfectly complex and subtle beers can be made with only a few ingredients.
...steps off podium, hands microphone to next in line, goes back to work...tasting beer......
Depending on where I go will dictate what I drink. When some place hot I like the light Corona like beers. Corona or Tecate in Mexico. Cristal in Cuba and Chile. Imperial or Pilsen in Costa Rica. Can't remember what I drank in Argentina - a lot of draft beer.
When some place colder, I like a heavier beer. I am a fan of wheat beers like Hogarden from Belgium. Going to Belgium (even for just the day I was there) was quite a treat just because I got to drink Belgium beers in the place where they were made.
In the USA selection is usually pretty limited, so either I drink Mexican "imports" like Corona or brew-pub stuff. Or, whatever is on tap and on special.
He's another thread you may be interested in checking out:
I like Beerman's Pale Ale. (Just the right bitterness at the finish.)
I also really liked Jamaica's Dragon Stout
Beerman, dare I say, you are a beer snob! If the Huber website I just visited is infact your beer, then fair enough. Looks like good stuff, can it be purchased in Colorado? Drank a fair bit of Leinie's when I was in college, but not sure I ever tried Huber.
I hope it proves the same point though that like Foster's in Australia, American beer is not just Budweiser and Coors Light.
That reminds me of two more in Oz, Cascade and (James?) Broag; I think both from Tasmania. mmmmmmmm......
When in Canada we had quite a nice little beer with apricot in it. Not the best beer necessarily, but definitely one with character.
Most of the beers I drink when travelling bring back more of an emotional connection I think which is why they 'taste' so good in my mind. For example VB in Oz, Chang in Thailand and Imperial in Costa Rica. They weren't the best beers ever, but thinking back to those trips and the bars where they were consumed bring back some great memories, inadvertently making those beers 'taste' better in my mind! Funny that...
Now that I live outside of Holland, I treat myself to Grolsch every now and then. Especially here in Norway where beer is just ridiculously expensive