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Bold Brews

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  1. Germany

    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.
  2. France

    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.
  3. Scotland

    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.
  4. Sweden

    Hints of toffee and ripe fruit give the D. Carnegie & Co. Stark-Porter a pleasantly crisp finish. Carlsberg; bierkraft.com; from $7.50.
  5. Czech

    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.
  6. Italy

    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.
  7. Belgium

    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.
  8. Sri Lanka

    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.
  9. Brazil

    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.
  10. Japan

    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.

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