The U.S. may love its Bud Light, but other countries are loyal to their own national brands
Australia: Victoria Bitter
Foster’s may be Australia’s most internationally recognized beer, but the truth is you’d rarely come across the stuff down under. One of the best-selling beers in Australia is a lager called Victoria Bitters, otherwise known as VB or playfully referred to as the “green death” in reference to both its green can and its acquired taste. Pure Blonde is another favorite, but get through a Victoria Bitter and you can consider you’re self a true Aussie.
The Quilmes brewery was originally founded by a German immigrant in 1888 in the Quilmes province of Buenos Aires. This nationally recognized beer is easily the top choice for Argentineans and is also very popular among travelers to the country. Quilmes makes reds, stouts, and bocks, but the lager is the favored style. Just like the country’s beloved soccer team, the Quilmes label is blue and white.
The beer brand of the Bahamas, Kalik is the country’s best-selling beer brand and is brewed at the Commonwealth Brewery, which is the largest in the country. Kalik is a lager that has a fresh, light taste and comes in three types: Kalik, Kalik Gold, and Kalik Light.
Belgium: Delirium Tremens
This strong pale ale from Belgium was named the best beer in the world at the 2008 World Beer Olympics in Chicago.Delirium Tremens beer comes in an opaque bottle with a quirky label and is brewed using three different yeasts. The resulting flavor is sweet, yeasty, and strongly carbonated.
Belize: Belikin Beer
Belikin Beer is a full-bodied beer that is the leading domestically-produced beer brand in Belize. Belikin is brewed in a classic, European lager style and uses Canadian pilsner malt in combination with a blend of German hops.
Brahma is one of two leading beer brands that dominates the Brazilian market (the second being Skol beer) and it dates back to 1888. Though the first Brahma beer to hit the market was Brahma Malzbier, the Brahma Chopp, a pale lager that was introduced in 1934, is the main Brahma beer brand in Brazil. The Brahma beer brand is the fifth largest brand in the world.
Costa Rica: Imperial Beer
Imperial beer is a lager that is among the top three best-selling beers in Costa Rica. Imperial’s logo features an eagle, which is widely known around Costa Rica and has earned it the nickname “aguila” among locals, which means eagle.
Greece: FIX Hellas
FIX, also referred to as FIX Hellas, is Greek brand that produces a Munich lager beer that has an interesting history behind it. It monopolized the country’s beer market and grew in popularity throughout the Mediterranean up until the 1960s, but FIX eventually lost its swagger due to an influx of international brands. FIX went out of business in 1982 for a shor time but was revived in 2010 to much success.
India’s Kingfisher beer is an American pale lager style beer that is brewed in Bangalore and was first launched in 1978. This conventionally fermented brew is widely available around the world and has won many international awards.
At many bars in Indonesia, you’re likely to find yourself among a million travelers (mostly Australian, mind you) sporting Bintang beer tank tops purchased at the local markets; along with a Bintang beer in hand, of course. Bintang is a pilsner beer in Indonesia whose label greatly resembles that of Heineken.
If you haven’t tried a Guinness already, it would be a shame to leave Ireland without sampling the brew it’s most famous for; not that Guinness tastes any different when you’re drinking it in the Motherland. Guinness is a dry stout and delivers a burnt flavor that comes from roasted, unmalted barley. If you’re a Guinness lover and want to know more, be sure to take a tour of the Guinness factory; you’ll get a free beer at the end.
We could spot that green bottle from a mile away. Heineken is a pale lager beer that came to be in the nineteenth century under Dutchman Gerard Adriaan Heineken. Heineken is made from purified water, malted barley, hops, and yeast.
Cusqueña is an American adjunct lager style brew that dates back to 1911. The beauty of this beer is due in part to its natural ingredients, including fresh mountain water that is sourced at 18,000 feet from the Peruvian Andes.
South Korea: Hite
Though Koreans love their Soju, they also love their beer. Hite is the top selling beer brand in the Korean market (Cass is the second best) and is a European pale lager style beer that is brewed from barley, malt and rice.
Thailand: Singha Beer
Just like Indonesia, Thailand is host to many a traveler wearing a Singha tank top while knocking back a cold Singha beer. The singha, which appears on the label of the bottle, is a powerful mythological lion found in ancient Hindu and Thai stories. This pale ale is a favorite in Thailand, though you'll also see travelers ordering Chang beers.
1. Pliny the Elder
-Russian River Brewing Co., Santa Rosa, CA
The stuff of legends, this double IPA can be a hard find, but off and on has been argued to be one of the greatest in the states. It’s named for the ancient Roman naturalist “Pliny the Elder” who first studied the hop plant. The Russian River brewers in Santa Rosa, CA keep supply tight to ensure freshness, but if you can get your hands on the Elder, a world of well-balanced malt, hop and citrus is sure to be a mouth-watering experience you won’t soon forget.
2. 60 Minute Dogfish
-Dogfish Head Brewery, Milton, DE
From the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware, this IPA is hopped with 60 different Northwest coast hop flowers over the course of a 60 minute boil (hence the name). Needless to say, this IPA is super hop forward with notes of bright lemon, pine and cedar.
3. Bell’s Hopslam Ale Michigan
-Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo, MI
A lot of time and precision hopping goes into this aromatic double IPA. Six carefully selected north-western hop varietals are added as the brew process unfolds, finally culminating in a “dry hop” (adding hop flowers after the beer has cooled from the cooking process), bestowing a slight bitter and flowery finish to the beer. You’ll also find hints of grapefruit, honey, stone fruit and delicate malt.
4. Sculpin IPA
Ballast Point Brewing Company- San Diego, CA
Though it takes its name from a poisonous fish with spikes that can deal a nasty sting, the Sculpin craft IPA couldn’t be more different from the nasty bugger it’s named after. The bite from the hops is gentle, giving way to a more subtle balance of lush fruit- mango, peach and lemon.
5. Brew Free or Die IPA
-21st Amendment Brewery,. San Francisco, CA
Brewed with “some serious west coast attitude” according to the maestros over at the 21st amendment Brewery, “this aromatic golden IPA starts with a sucker punch of six different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone.”
14 Low-Carb Beers That Won't Derail Your Keto Diet
Beers that are low in calories, carbs, and alcohol are having a serious moment. Chalk it up to the keto movement or the fact that beach bod season is right around the corner. Here are 15 super low-carb beers that won't totally derail your diet.
Carbs: 2 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 90
This very low-carb ale from Devils Backbone is where a beer and a spritz meet. It&rsquos very light and bubbly with a burst of citrus&mdashyou can practically feel yourself saying &ldquoaaah&rdquo after a long sip now.
Carbs: 2.6 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 90
Corona Premier is a classic choice that goes hand-in-hand with beach days. It&rsquos only fitting that such a perfect seaside brew won&rsquot hurt your beach bod ambitions. All you need to add is a lime.
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Carbs: 2.6 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 95
You know about Michelob Ultra: It's super low-cal, low-carb approach is what's been inspiring other breweries to lighten up their own beers. Have you actually tried it, though? It&rsquos an easy-to-find, easy-to-drink option that&rsquos perfect for whiling away the afternoon. Plus, there a number of unique riffs on the original, like lime cactus, that have only a few more carbs.
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Carbs: 3 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 98
IPA fans, don&rsquot despair. The extra hoppy style usually comes with higher calorie and carb counts, but Lagunitas has you covered. The DayTime IPA has all of the aroma and flavor of a heavy-hitter IPA, but it&rsquos lower in alcohol and all the health-sabotaging stuff. Plus its classic IPA bitterness is balanced by a smooth, refreshing quality.
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Carbs: 3.1 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 95
Shiner ups the flavor ante on the timeless lager with its Ruby Redbird, which has a kick of grapefruit. This beer is easy-drinking but full of tart, fruity flavor. It&rsquos especially rewarding on a hot day.
Carbs: 3.6 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 95
Dogfish Head is a master of unique flavors and hoppy IPAs, so if anyone&rsquos going to make a diet-friendly beer that doesn&rsquot taste diet-friendly, it&rsquos them. The Slightly Mighty is a little bitter, a little sweet, and overall refreshing with a tropical twist&mdashall without scary calorie or carb counts.
Carbs: 3.9 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 140
The brut IPA trend swings the style&rsquos pendulum from boozy and hazy to crisp and dry, and the result is the best of both worlds if you love beer and champagne. Ommegang&rsquos take is light in all the right ways they&rsquore not skimping on flavor or aroma, yet they&rsquove managed to keep carbs and calories in check.
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Carbs: 4 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 99
Pop open a bottle of this Kahana Blonde for a little taste of Hawaii. It's low calories, carbs, and ABV team up with its flavor&mdashlight, bright and smooth with some tropical juiciness from real mango&mdashto create a carefree vibe.
Carbs: 4.2 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 99
Deschutes has subtly updated the quintessential pilsner with a little extra bubbliness, a little extra citrus, and a little extra toastiness. Da Shootz! is the perfect amount of complex and very sessionable, meaning you can enjoy a few with friends.
Carbs: 4.8 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 183
Allagash Brewing Co. is known for its expert rendition of the saison. A saison is a Belgian beer style known for being very carbonated and crisp, with a subtle hop and notes of citrus and pepper from the yeast. This all translates to a lot of flavor and, in Allagash&rsquos case, not a lot of calories or carbs.
Carbs: 5 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 150
BrewDog&rsquos Vagabond balances a little bitterness (classic for the style) with the caramel sweetness of its malt plus some tropical fruit flavors and a burst of hoppiness. In addition to its low carb and calorie counts, this pale ale is gluten-free.
Carbs: 5 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 152
For another take on the trendy brut IPA style, look to Four Peaks. This version mimics extra-dry champagne and does so with lots of fruity flavors like mixed berries and melon. The overall finish is like a crisp white wine with a hoppy slant.
Carbs: 5.85 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 99
This ale from Lakefront Brewery deserves a spot in your rotation thanks to its unique flavor. It&rsquos a super light and easy-drinking beer brewed with green and oolong teas plus Lemondrop hops. All that gives it a complex range of fragrant aroma and flavor notes.
Carbs: 10 grams
Calories per 12 oz.: 120
While Harpoon&rsquos Rec. League clocks in at 10 grams of carbohydrates, it&rsquos worth adding to your health-conscious beer repertoire because of all its other benefits. Consider this: It's low in calories, low in alcohol, and a deliciously refreshing, hoppy and hazy pale ale. There's more: Rec. League is made with buckwheat kasha for vitamin B and minerals, chia seeds for fiber and antioxidants, and Mediterranean sea salt for electrolytes, making this beer great for kicking back after a workout.
Located just between China and Germany is the African Trading Post. It's easy to miss, so be sure to keep an eye out. The drink to try here is the Frozen Elephant. It is a mixture of frozen Coca-Cola and Amarula Cream Liquor. It's the perfect drink to enjoy on a hot summer day. This yummy drink is $11.00.
Though the technical name is Schöfferhofer Pink Grapefruit Hefeweizen, you can say "grapefruit beer" at Sommerfest, and the cast members will know exactly what you're talking about. This is my personal favorite drink in Epcot, and it is completely worth the $9.25.
You've likely heard of the white Russian before, but guess what? It's believed that the less popular black Russian actually came first. As the story goes, it was first made at Brussels' Hotel Metropole by bartender Gustave Tops, who whipped up the signature cocktail in 1949. The Black Russian is simply Russian vodka mixed with Kahlúa (it wasn't until later that cream was thrown into the mix to create the white Russian).
When you think Mexican cocktails, you may think margarita, but the paloma is actually what many locals drink. This refreshing concoction involves tequila mixed with grapefruit juice, lime juice, and agave. While the drink's origin is hard to trace, we do know one thing for sure — it's delicious.
The inspiration for the Negroni came from an Italian cocktail known as the Americano, which is composed of composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. In 1919, however, a French general named Count Negroni thought that the drink wasn’t strong enough, and asked his bartender to add a touch of gin rather than soda to his mix. Ecco! The Negroni was born—and now it’s one of Italy’s most recognizable cocktails.
(MAKES 1 COCKTAIL)
Based on recipe from Campari
1 ounce Campari
1 ounce gin
1 ounce vermouth rosso (red vermouth)
Orange slice to garnish
Stir liquid ingredients (chilled) and pour into an old-fashioned or “rocks” glass filled with ice. Add orange slice as garnish.
The koeksister, a sweet doughnut, is a South African staple. Roadside stands with signs advertising “the best koeksisters in South Africa” are everywhere, although local families (who pass down their recipes through generations) each argue that theirs takes the cake.
While it may be impossible to determine who makes the best koeksister, one thing’s for sure: These delicacies are a must-try. The sticky Afrikaner, a braided doughnut drenched in sugar syrup, is the traditional koeksister.
But don’t confuse koeksisters with Cape Malay koesisters (a slightly different spelling), which were created by the Cape Malays, Cape Town’s Muslim community. These doughnuts are oval in shape, made from spiced dough, covered in cinnamon syrup, and then coated in dried coconut.
Weihenstephaner Original, Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
image source: Robb Report
Most beer drinkers know Weihenstephan Hefeweizen – an outstanding example of German wheat beer. We think that their Original – a helles – is probably one of the most important beers in the world. A superb helles – bready, balanced, effervescent, and oh-so crisp.
Weihenstephan is one of the oldest breweries in existence. They’ve done extensive research into brewing science and make beer with the precision we know and love about German brewing tradition. The lager yeast used for their helles is the most widely used commercial strain in the world.
The Original is a quintessential helles and an amazing all-around beer.
Kir Royale (France)
A celebratory drink, the Kir Royale is the more vivacious version of the Kir, which came about in Burgundy in the 20th century and is named after its creator, Canon Félix Kir, who was a hero during the World War II and became the Mayor of Dijon in 1945. The original Kir mixes white Aligoté wine with the local blackcurrant liqueur called crème de cassis. The Kir Royale replaces the white wine with bubbly Champagne, creating an instant French soiree wherever you are.