Craft ales are having a moment, with an array of former beer-shy nations producing beverages intent on competing with the traditional brewing powerhouses.
As a result, it’s possible to find delicious beers nearly everywhere you can set foot in Europe, as we demonstrate here.
Short Guide to Beers of Europe
1936 biere, 4.7%: This simple, straightforward lager boasts a golden hue, brewed with spring water from the Alps.
If you prefer subtle flavours, this beer is the perfect refreshment.
Ursus Premium, 5%: This no-nonsense, pale lager offers a malty, yet smooth finish. Created by one of Romania’s beer leaders; its flavours are both mellow and intense.
It’s a top contender when considering the best of what Europe has to offer.
Gavroche, 8.5%: Gavroche, nicknamed ‘Biere du Garde’, means a ‘beer for keeping’.
There’s a lot to love about this impressive 8.5% beverage, including its top-fermented, heavy-duty amber taste, with notes of mellow summer fruits, caramel and delicate spices.
Iliria Weissbier, 5%: This particular ale can be sourced from downtown Tirana and comes in the shape of a palette-pleasing, German-style hefeweizen, with hints of ripe banana, cloves and lemon.
Baltica No.6 Porter, 7%: This intense, Baltic booze boasts a magnificent, heady aroma of coffee, chocolate and tobacco.
The taste-tantalising notes of roasted coffee beans and liquorice are certain to satisfy even the most discerning palettes, especially when combined with the creamy, bittersweet aftertaste.
Charnwood, Fox Tale, 4.6%: This beer comes from a brewery based in Leicestershire and has a fox for a logo.
The ruby malt certainly plays to its English strengths with offerings of herby hop flavours and bitter peppery notes.
Celt Experience, Brigid Fire Rye IPA, 6.2%: This spicy, dry IPA from EeBria boasts a melting pot of flavours, comprising smoked wheat, rye, bitter pine and French yeast.
Franziskaner, Hefe Weissbier, 5%: Germany is a region celebrated for its beers of Europe, with Munich one of the most renowned brewing boroughs.
This conventional tipple is a perfect example of the famous wheat beer style. It is frothy and cloudy and houses both hints of banana and clove, complete with crisp orange and lemon flavours.
Tyskie Gronie, 5.5%: This amber brew comes in the shape of a no-frills lager – perfect for any occasion and one of the more celebrated beers of Europe.
Obolon Lager, 5%: This popular beer is easy to drink and boasts a series of pleasurable favours, including spicy, bready, malt notes, complete with grassy hops.
Boundary, Filthy Animal Chilli Porter, 4.8%: This fiery beer certainly packs a punch, partly because it’s infused with chilli, in the form of smoked chipotle.
Zagrebačka Pivovara, Ožujsko, 5%: If you’re planning on a trip to the Dalmatian coast anytime soon, be sure to sample their local brew, from the county’s biggest brand, Ožujsko. It’s the perfect lager to sip in the sun.
Budweiser Budvar, B:Dark, 4.7%: Budweiser’s B:Dark boasts a series of timeless Pilsner ingredients, which have been combined with a variety of richer flavours in the shape of dark malts, charred smoky notes and sweet malty flavours.
Tyris, Riu Rau, 4.5%: Spanish beer is quickly becoming a top contender in the brewery stakes, with more and more craft options now readily available.
This particular beverage comes from a microbrewery in Valencia, and is similar to an English bitter with its toasty caramel backbone and dry, herby bitterness.
Golden Pheasant (zlaty bazant), 5%: This sweet tasting pilsner has a mild hoppy bitterness – and as such, is a perfect pairing to a number of meat dishes.
Efes, 5%: Turkey is now home to one or two craft breweries, both of which produce an array of the must-try beers of Europe.
This Turkish euro lager is described as a well fermented, Hallertau hopped light beverage with a bright finish.
Republic of Ireland
White Hag, The White Sow Milk Stout, 5.2%: When celebrating, it’s always a good idea to cheers with a strong stout.
This black beauty comes from the County of Sligo and exhibits notes of chocolate and a toasty bitterness.
A creamy tan head complements the sweet flavours perfectly.
Sagres, 5%: One of Europe’s best capped beers is a popular choice for gatherings and is a great beer to enjoy on a summer evening, especially when dining on barbeque food.
With its slightly sweet taste and fizzy edge, it is best served chilled.
Omnipollo, Noa Pecan Mud Cake Stout, 11%: This is a special brew – something that’s apparent in both the price tag and strength.
This stately stout boasts chocolate notes and nutty layers. It’s extremely smooth on the palette and as such, it’ renowned as a celebrated tipple. In fact, it’s one of the most distinguished beers of Europe.
Brew Age, Hopfenauflauf, 5.4%: This beer comes from the brewery ‘Brew Age’, which makes an array of fine beverages, and this one is no different.
With its subtle flavours of hop and malt, it’s a beer to savour.
Hopfanatic, NoHopLimit, 8.5%: With its impressive percentage, it’s important to take your time with this beer.
It comes in the shape of an American-style double IPA, complete with citrus notes and a floral, yet bitter edge. It also boasts five different hop varieties.
Einstok White Ale, 5.2%: This Belgian-inspired Witbier boasts an uprising of vibrant orange, zesty flavours and spicy coriander undertones. On top of this, it’s created from the purest Icelandic mountain water – untouched, unsullied and undefiled – making it a pristine option.
Birrificio del Ducato, New Morning, 5.8%: Italy has recently developed an appetite for craft beers of Europe.
This particular brew boasts notes of fiery ginger, green pepper, coriander and chamomile – a sizzling start with a calming finish.
Westmalle Trappist Dubbel, 7%: When it comes to beers of Europe, Belgium is a team player.
Westmalle’s Dubbel is one of the most renowned draughts, with its elegant, cultured edge – it is little wonder monks brew it. Expect sublime flavours in the form of dark fruits and smooth caramel notes.