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Good beers are available throughout Europe, the trick is finding them

I've been to all but a handful of countries in Europe, and happily there was beer to be found in all of them.

Albania
In 1994, Amy and I visited the only working brewery in the country (in Tirana) and another in Korce that was about to re-open. The golden lager in Tirana was surprisingly good, especially when sampled straight from the lagering tanks in the cellar.

Norway
The highlight of my 1985 visit to Bergen was a tour of the Hansa brewery, personally guided by a company bigwig. Out back was a transplanted old farmhouse brewery, and the story that Norwegian landowners once were required by law to brew beer for their workers.

Spain
Cerveza is everywhere, but the choice usually is restricted to one of the major national golden lager brands: San Miguel, Mahou, Keler, Cruzcampo and Aguila. However, Spanish bars are marvelous institutions with a specialized etiquette all their own and often great bar munchies (tapas) to match.

Carlsberg's "Fosterization" leads to its omission
As of November, 1997, Carlsberg ceased to be imported directly to America from Denmark. Instead, it is being brewed in Canada by Labatt's, which puts it into the same fraudulent class as Foster's Lager. By brewing the beer in Canada, costs are kept down, but the "imported" imagery can still be marketed; a retailer pays less for the beer, but can still charge a price on a par with genuine imported brands. I hate this practice, which is largely responsible for the continued watering-down of beer quality worldwide, and so Carlsberg is outta here.


U.S.
U.S.

Belgium
Belgium

England
England

France
France

Germany
Germany

Scotland
Scotland

Ireland
Ireland

Swiss
Swiss

Czech
Czech

Austria
Austria

Europe
Europe

World
World Beers

 

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