13 best beer countries

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GranvilleTim
beers 1857 º places 39 º 14:14 Mon 3/16/2015
 
Leighton
beers 32188 º places 1162 º 14:35 Mon 3/16/2015

Not a bad list. But for me, if I’m measuring ’best beer countries’ based on what they are doing right now in the ’modern beer era’, my list would probably be something like:

1. US (no question)
2. UK (no question)
3/4. Denmark or Belgium
5. Japan/Canada/Australia

 
Theydon_Bois
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beers 36553 º places 1194 º 14:35 Mon 3/16/2015

Just about to say ... Belgium at #1!

Move along ...

 
rennat42
beers 4924 º places 181 º 14:38 Mon 3/16/2015

My list:
1. US
2. Belgium
3. Germany
4. UK
5. Canada
6. Denmark
7. Netherlands
8. Sweden
9. Japan
10. New Zealand
11. Australia
12. Norway
13. Ireland

Not much difference just a different order.

 
Leighton
beers 32188 º places 1162 º 14:45 Mon 3/16/2015

Originally posted by Theydon_Bois
Just about to say ... Belgium at #1!

Move along ...


I know this is a separate topic altogether, but the Cult of Belgian Beer is too much for me sometimes. Yes, they have world class breweries and are the birthplace of many great styles. I try to visit once per year because they have such a great beer tradition there. But the diversity of beer is lacking. As with other great, traditional brewing cultures (e.g. Germany, Czech Republic) they are somewhat shackled to their tradition, and conservative drinkers (and to an extent brewers that don’t want to see change) prevent new development.

The UK has been extremely fortunate in how it has been able to maintain its traditional drinking culture - i.e. classic cask conditioned beer, in styles like bitter, golden, porter et al - while still supporting a burgeoning ’craft’ beer scene.

 
t0rin0
beers 102 º places 1528 º 14:50 Mon 3/16/2015

Originally posted by Theydon_Bois
Just about to say ... Belgium at #1!

Move along ...


What I’ll say in defense of Belgium (and Germany for that matter) is that while they don’t have as many new breweries and styles as some of the other countries, at least the majority of what they make is pretty solid. The US may have 4000 breweries but 3800 of them are mediocre at best.

 
pivnizub
beers 12926 º places 633 º 14:51 Mon 3/16/2015

My list is a bit different, main emphasis on "drinkability", not on exclusivity…:
1. Czech Republic
2. United Kingdom
3. U.S.A (sigh…)
4. Franconia and the rest of Bavaria (nowadays a part of Germany)
5. Austria
6. DK
7. Belgium

 
JK
beers 7261 º places 442 º 14:52 Mon 3/16/2015

Czech Republic is top five, so surely in the top 13. No way Ireland should be on that list and Norway is very questionable.

 
Theydon_Bois
admin
beers 36553 º places 1194 º 14:58 Mon 3/16/2015

Originally posted by t0rin0
Originally posted by Theydon_Bois
Just about to say ... Belgium at #1!

Move along ...


What I’ll say in defense of Belgium (and Germany for that matter) is that while they don’t have as many new breweries and styles as some of the other countries, at least the majority of what they make is pretty solid. The US may have 4000 breweries but 3800 of them are mediocre at best.


Hmmm ... They have world class Lambics - obviously and some top draw Quads, Belgian Strongs etc, and I like the ambiance in many places.

However customer service can be non existent, particularly speed wise, and there is a hell of a lot of run of the mill overly sweet booze bombs once you’ve tried the best and move onto the rest.

 
SarkyNorthener
beers 5200 º places 142 º 15:02 Mon 3/16/2015

Originally posted by JK
Czech Republic is top five, so surely in the top 13. No way Ireland should be on that list and Norway is very questionable.


Yes Ireland is a mystery. Maybe I am missing something.

 
JK
beers 7261 º places 442 º 15:19 Mon 3/16/2015

Originally posted by SarkyNorthener
Originally posted by JK
Czech Republic is top five, so surely in the top 13. No way Ireland should be on that list and Norway is very questionable.


Yes Ireland is a mystery. Maybe I am missing something.


They make Guinness. The thickest, heaviest, darkest, and strongest beer in the world.