Published: March 2009
By Peter Jon Lindberg
Around the globe, artisanal producers are turning out unparalleled local beers. Here, 10 of our favorites.
Hefeweizen may be the national mainstay, but the 1809 Berliner Weisse is no ordinary German wheat beer: it has a tart and ultra-tangy flavor. Dr. Fritz Briem Brewery; bierkraft.com; from $6.
Brewer Daniel Thiriez crafts his bitter Thiriez XXtra ale, which pairs perfectly with barbecue, in the tiny village of Esquelbecq. Brasserie Thiriez; bierkraft.com; from $16.
The Wee Beast, named after a mythical Celtic warrior dog, combines a smoke and butterscotch aroma with an apricoty twist. Isle of Skye Brewing Co.; bierkraft.com; from $7.
Hints of toffee and ripe fruit give the D. Carnegie & Co. Stark-Porter a pleasantly crisp finish. Carlsberg; bierkraft.com; from $7.50.
Republic Few micro-brews are imported from this nation that leads the world in beer consumption, which makes the rich and spicy Kisz Dark a rare find. Prague Breweries Group; bierkraft.com; from $1.80.
In a country known more for its vino rosso than dark ales, the earthy Demon Hunter is a standout. Birrificio Montegioco; citybeerstore.com; from $20.
Don’t be turned off by the cherry Kool-Aid color and funky barnyard scent; the Lou Pepe Framboise is ideal for lambic-beer lovers. Brasserie Cantillon; bierkraft.com; from $35.
With a full body and a head like an espresso crema, the Lion Stout ups the ante for Asian beer-making. Lion Brewery Ceylon Ltd.; bierkraft.com; from $2.50.
Eisenbahn S.A.P.A. is a hybrid of hoppy English IPA, tangy wheat beer, yeasty Belgian ale, and mellow lager. Cervajaria SudBrack; bierkraft.com; from $3.
The Kiuchi Brewery specializes in bold brews: its Hitachino Nest Espresso Stout has a bitter coffee flavor and a hearty mouthfeel. Kiuchi Brewery; bierkraft.com; from $5.50.