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Top 5 Best Beer Countries In The World

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Ok, you like beer, we like beer. You like to travel, we like to travel… So let’s get down to business and see which 5 countries are ranked the highest when it comes to beer production AND beer consumption.

Beer me up, Scotty!

5. Denmark

I know what you are thinking: “What? Denmark? Really?”, well the thing is that, although Denmark’s beers aren’t that popular around the world, this Scandinavian country is teeming with amazing microbreweries.

Their craft beers are so good, you will forget all about the “popular” beer brands once you try some of these:

  • Mikkeller
  • Hvidtøl
  • To Øl

4. Germany

Germany simply has to be in the top 5, even if it is just because of October Fest.

Jokes aside, Germany ranks in the top 5 countries in the world for volume of beer production, while they rank number 3 when it comes to beer consumption per capita.

Aside from huge beer corporations like

  • Erdinger
  • Löwenbräu
  • Becks
  • Riegele
  • Holsten
  • Reinheitsgebot…

there are hundreds of local microbreweries that produce beer of outstanding quality.

3. United Kingdom

Another country that is exploding when it comes to both huge beer factories and local craft beer.

“Slow-but-steady changes in legislation have led to the highest number of breweries in the country since World War II,” says thrillist.com. “The advances in technology and investment in the industry are revitalizing everything from kegging practices to hop production.”

New brands that are slowly but surely taking over the scene include:

  • Wild Beer Co
  • The Kernel
  • Beavertown,
  • and Harviestoun

2. United States

Since this is the numbers game, the US has to be on our list. According to thrillist.com – “Breweries here are opening at a rate of 1.5 per day, American brews positively dominate global ranking lists, and, although the overall amount of beer consumption has dipped slightly, there has been a marked increase in the consumption of craft beers in the US of A.”

Not only are American craft brewers a huge hit there, these small companies are expanding to Europe as well.

New American brands you must try:

  • Stone
  • Brooklyn Brewery
  • Hill Farmstead
  • Russian River
  • 3 Floyds

1. Belgium

Number 1 on our list simply had to be Belgium. This country manages to combine tradition and innovation like no other.

It is all due to preserved Belgian brewing techniques and styles (including bottle fermentation and coolships) which are still widely used today.

Some of the must-taste brands include:

  • Kwak
  • Leffe
  • Rodenbach
  • Gulden Draak
  • Chimay
  • Cantillon
  • Tilquin
  • Brasserie Dupont…