Beer Around the World
See how different countries hoist a pint.
These days, the U.S. is most known for its huge craft beer movement, but light, fizzy and cold still remains the most common and most served beer. Top lagers include Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery.
You can't think about beer in Ireland without picturing a dark glass of Guinness. The stout is actually not black but a very dark ruby red. And it's said a proper glass must be poured at a 45 degree angle for a perfectly creamy head.
Disney's Epcot park visitors will recognize the pale lager, Casablanca, served at the country's pavillion. Other popular beers include the pilsner Spéciale Flag.
There's a growing craft scene in South Africa but lagers, like Castle and Carling, still remain the most popular. The original beer here, Umqombothi, is made from malted corn and sorghum.
The most popular beer in Norway year round is a pilsner that originally came from central Europe, but around Christmas time, Norwegians make Juleøl, a dark, malted beer. If you go to Norway during the holidays, know that the varieties of Juleøl at bars are much stronger than what you find in the supermarkets.
Pisco may be Peru's national drink, but cerveza is king in terms of sales and consumption. Popular brews include Cristal and Cusqueña.
Pilsner style lagers, like Saporro, are most common in Japan. But Happoshu, a beer-like, slightly malted drink, is growing in sales.
The lightest beer in our roundup, cerveza in Mexico is extremely pale with little hops at all. And the famous lime wedge with Corona? It's speculated that actually started in America in the 1980s. Most Mexicans don't drink it with lime.
Jamaica's internationally popular lager, Red Stripe, is very light and crisp, making it one of the best beers for the beach.
France is wine country. But there are beers here, though most are mass-produced pilsner lagers. One traditional style you should put on your beer bucket list is the top-fermented, golden Bière de Garde.
American travelers are sometimes shocked at how warm and flat the beer is in England. But that's intentional. The country is known for real ale, which finishes in pub cellars instead of at a brewery and only contains natural carbonation. Similar to red wine, real ale tastes better, and reveals its full flavor, if the glass isn't cold and sweaty.
Another country in Europe's wine belt, Italy isn't known for beer. But lagers, like Peroni, are popular and are commonly paired with pizza.
There are so many beer styles and iconic brews in Germany but the most popular style remains the Bavarian Pilsner or "Pils," a bright, blond brew with strong hops. While you might want to call the glass a beer stein, the iconic glass with handle is actually called a beer mug. The word "stein" means stone in German and is not used to describe a beverage container.
Belgium is beer country, with more than 160 breweries. While there are so many iconic brews here, a distinctly different beer you have to try is the fruity Lambic, one of the country's oldest beer styles. Try popular varieties like Peche (peach) or Kriek (cherry).
With a reputation for having the highest beer consumption per capita in the world, the Czech Republic is also known for having some of the best beer in the world. The pilsners here are golden and famously foamy.
The most common brews in Canada are similar to those in the States: pale and golden lagers with some hoppy bitterness.
Pale lagers are popular in China and most contain rice or sorghum in addition to rye or barley. While most of the world uses hops as a bittering agent, some beers here use melon.