Today is International Beer Day!
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and sneaking a can of Iron City Beer from my mom’s party as a teenager did nothing but turn me off of beer forever.
However, thanks to a former boyfriend in Washington DC who often took me to a bar in the Georgetown area of DC that sold about 250 different types of international beers. Jimmy was very patient and instructional and I began to appreciate and love beer.
But I still hated the taste of dark beer until I visited Dublin, Ireland and the Guinness factory. There I became a huge fan and learned that beer tastes much better in its native country.
Still, there’s nothing better than an ice cold beer on a scorching hot day and since I’m forever chasing the sun, of course, I had some lovely Caribbean beers in my early international travels. Red Stripe from Jamaica comes to my mind instantly.
So now whenever I travel abroad, I always try that country’s national beers, just as I do with cocktails and wine. You really should not be surprised.
However, since I cannot divulge brewery secret recipes, you’ll just have to enjoy my pictures from some of the more exotic places I’ve visited.
- Mornington Lager in Melbourne, Australia
- James Boag’s XXX Ale in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
- Kasteel Rouge in Brussels, Belgium
- Apóstol Dubbel in Medellin, Colombia
- Star Lager in Accra, Ghana
- Club Premium Lager in Elmina, Ghana
- Mythos Beer in Crete, Greece
- Bali Hai Premium in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
- Bintang Beer in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
- Chivoperro IPA in Panama City, Panama
- Dorada in Tenerife, Canary Islands
- South Farthing Ale at the Green Dragon in Hobbiton, New Zealand
- Steinlager Pure in Queenstown, New Zealand
- Coral Beer in Funchal, Madeira
- SeyBrew Lager in Beau Vallon, Seychelles
- Me taking the first sip from a large pail of homebrew at a local pub in a shanty village outside of Cape Town, South Africa.
- Bia Ha Noi Lager in Hanoi, Vietnam
- Huda Beer in Huế, Vietnam
Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany is definitely high on my wish list!
I also love to cook with beer, especially crockpot chili and my now famous Baked Bourbon & Beer BBQ Pork Ribs.
Let me know in the comments where you’ve had some of your best beers.