What does world beer even mean?
20 April 2016, By Jonny Garrett
It used to be that the phrase "world beer" sent a shiver down the spines of anyone who knew anything about beer. Ten years ago it would have meant a selection of bad Polish lagers, with a Corona thrown in there just to make it look diverse.
Thank our brewing stars those days are over. Now world beer is exciting again, and world beer could mean a beverage from pretty much any of the 196 countries in the world. Even JD Wetherspoon would have to admit that a world beer list with nothing from outside of central Europe is being dishonest at best.
But what’s even more exciting is the variety that the brewing revolution has brought us. World beer is no longer a euphemism for adjunct lager – it could be any style from American IPA to Belgian wit. And as these styles spread across the world, the geographies are getting messed up too. We have Trappist-style beers brewed in Massachusetts, German lagers in the Bristol and American IPAs in Nagano, Japan – all washing up on our shores. The world has got a lot smaller, and for drinkers that's a great thing.
Sorry Wetherspoons. We own World Beer now. It's not a marketing tool, it's a fact of life now. Beer comes from every, and here are our favourites.
This lavishly hopped pale ale from Sweden is absolutely loaded with tropical fruit aromas and flavours.
One word – lychees. They stand out from this beer’s huge aroma, helping create a bittersweet and frighteningly drinkable IPA.
A 4.7% spicy, fruity saison with less dry finish than many, this beer was made to be sipped in summer on the streets of Barcelona – something we’ve had the privilege to do.
This relatively low ABV wit beer translates as “Wednesday Cat”, because it is designed to make you smile half way through the week.
It’s not just Guinness now in Ireland. This stunning beer comes from one of the leaders of the country’s new craft beer movement. It’s light bodied to the let the juicy fruit mosaic hop really shine.
A traditional Czech pilsner with a citrusy antipodean hop twist, Three Boys make some stunning beers are we're very lucky to be able to get them in the UK now thanks for the New Zealand Beer Collective.
Have you ever had Jopen’s Hoppenbier, or have you forgotten? Brewed with barley, wheat and oats it has a rich body cut through by lemony, grassy saaz hops.
Brewing a smoked porter in the freezing Alaskan tundra makes a lot of sense. It’s warming, almost meaty and hugely wholesome. Brewed once a year and best aged for a year or two.
Now one of the finest wild beer brewers in the world, Loverbeer make stunningly fruity sour beers but also some non-sour beers like this beautiful, rich Russian imperial stout.
Known mainly for making bad lager in stubbies for Tesco, France is not a famous beer country but Page 24 make some great beers including this crisp, spicy blonde and a great rhubarb IPA too.