A lot of European beer cities are steeped in tradition,
but Copenhagen is on the cutting edge. Mikkeller
rules this Danish seaside town with 15 different locations, including Koelschip, a world-class bar exclusively devoted to rare lambic beer. BRUS is the hot
upstart, a multipart Nordic pairing menu restaurant,
bottle shop and brewpub that produces adventurous, American-style beers. Himmeriget is known for
having an intensive bottle list, which often features
coveted Cantillon offerings. A little bit outside of the
city in Køge, Alefarm produces farmhouse-style ales
with gorgeous, hand-painted watercolor labels.
While Italy and wine go hand in hand, slowly but
surely a beer culture has been surfacing in a country
that once had Europe’s lowest overall consumption of
beer. Rome is the epicenter, with spots like the vintage
beer pub Brasserie 4: 20 and Ma Che Siete Venuti
a Fà, a place considered by some to have the best
beer bar in all of Europe. Johnny’s Off License and
Open Baladin are the top spots to buy unique Italian
releases. Of course, nothing is better the world over
than beer and pizza, and Bir & Fud gives you a range
of local brews alongside Neapolitan-style ’za.
While Tokyo has long been hailed as Asia’s best beer
city, another one has to be tabbed as a sleeping giant.
Vietnam has long been known for their bia hoi, unfiltered low-alcohol rice lager that costs around a quarter
a glass. But craft breweries have started to emerge, like
FURBREW, an ultra-modern brewpub with a Polish
brewer. Pasteur Street, a popular Ho Chi Minh City
brewery, has just opened a Hanoi outpost, brewing
American-style beers with uniquely Vietnamese ingredients such as jackfruit. Meanwhile, at Standing Bar,
you’ll find 20 taps of Vietnamese brews, and just a few
minutes down the road lies the recently opened Craft
Beer Pub, which looks like a quaint French farmhouse.
Bourbon Country has become a wonderful beer
destination in recent years, and Louisville’s Against
the Grain is perhaps Kentucky’s most famed brewery. Across the state in Lexington lies West Sixth
Brewing, housed in a remodeled bread factory and
so popular it has a second “farmhouse” location,
where patrons can drink among horses at an outside
ranch. Across town, Country Boy Brewing makes
experimental sours and wild ales, while Ethereal
Brewing, in the heart of downtown, takes advantage
of such symbiosis by making bourbon barrel-aged
barley wines and stouts.
While San Diego and the Bay Area get all the buzz,
quietly, Los Angeles — that megalopolis between
them — has exploded with great beer. Manhattan
Beach’s Monkish Brewing draws fans eager to try
New England-style IPAs, while Highland Park is a
sensation in the northeast part of the city. San Diego
stalwart Modern Times has a new locale in downtown LA, and international superstar Mikkeller, an
exceptional bar in South Park.
Canada is so often an afterthought to beer enthusiasts, seen as a land of inexpensive brews like Labatt
Blue and Molson XXX. But Montreal’s scene is quite
mature these days, and Vancouver is starting to look
a lot like its Seattle and Portland neighbors south of
the border. Brassneck is the most celebrated, and its
“brewery lounge” attracts a fun crowd on weekends.
The owner, Nigel Springthorpe, also runs the Alibi
Room with its 50 esoteric taps, mostly local.
Bengaluru is the capital of India's southern Karnataka
state and the epicenter of the countries high-tech
industry. The city, best known for its parks and
nightlife, is also home to an emerging beer culture,
and at Spice Terrace, JW Marriott Bengaluru’s Indian
kitchen and microbrewery you can sip brews poolside.
The in-house brewery focuses on Belgian-style beers
like abbey ales and witbier, and also offers a local