Today, August 7, 2020 is International Beer Day!

International Beer Day 2020 – August 7

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.

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Danielle Lewis

Danielle Lewis

Danielle Lewis is a Travel Agent/Advisor and a retired nomad who loves to slow travel around the world and share her personal photography on Instagram @DaniLew_1 and her travel stories on Instagram @SelfishMeTravel #slowtravelingsoulsister #GoSeeDoBe #SelfishMeTravel


  • Ryan | says:

    Good thing drinking Iron City didn’t scar you for life. I got handed one before way back when and it was right up there in terms of awful with Grandpa’s (they lived an hour north of Pittsburgh) Pabst.

    • Danielle Lewis says:

      LOL, Ryan! It really did scar me but I liked Jimmy and wanted to please him-thank goodness for that because now I’m truly an international beer lover 🙂 Pabst? Ugh, a watered-down IC! Thanks for stopping by.

  • I also love to try the national beer. It’s a great intro to the country! Great list you have!

    • Danielle Lewis says:

      Thanks Lannie, and yes I agree that it’s a great way to get to know a country. Thank your for stopping by and commenting!

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