Beer Producing Countries

Beer producing regions and countries

Beer is brewed in almost every country of the world, and if we have tasted it then it will appear under its country of production.


Abita Brewing Co Abita Bock

Abita Brewing Co Abita Bock
A full-bodied, flavoursome golden bock from Louisiana, but unfortunately served in a rather uninspiring bottle.

Alaskan Alaskan IPA Recommended - Winner

Alaskan Alaskan IPA
85A well-executed, profoundly hoppy, golden beer that threatens to cloy but never does.

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006

Alaskan Big Nugget Barley Wine Ale 2006
73A complex but not particularly satisfying barley wine. Not a patch on the same brewery's outstanding Alaskan Smoked Porter.

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2005 Recommended - Winner

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2005
83A deep brown beer with garnet highlights, vintage-stamped and enjoying a cult following. An acquired taste but brilliantly constructed nonetheless.

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2006 Editors Choice - Winner

Alaskan Smoked Porter 2006
88The peaty smoke flavours take a bit of getting used to but this is a surprisingly easy drinking strong porter that would work wonderfully with shellfish. A world classic.

Alaskan Winter Ale Recommended - Winner

Alaskan Winter Ale
80The piney additions enhance rather than dominate this sound, dark copper-coloured ale.

Anchor Liberty Ale Recommended - Winner

Anchor Liberty Ale
85A full-value, golden ale showcasing the best of American hops.

Anchor Old Foghorn

Anchor Old Foghorn
85The daddy of American barley wines: a big, sumptuous beer, defined by dry hopping with Cascade hops. It really hits the spot.

Black Mountain  Crazy Ed's Chili Beer

Black Mountain Crazy Ed's Chili Beer
65A golden beer from Arizona, with a whole green chilli in every bottle. It's not something you'd want to drink on its own (or at all if you can't stand the heat) but sip it with a margherita pizza and ...

Blue Moon

Blue Moon
76A somewhat tired and rather dull, Belgian-inspired wheat beer from the USA.

Brooklyn Recommended - Winner

85No shrinking violet, this copper-coloured brew is a hop feast yet very well balanced. All the flavours of an assertive hoppy ale but with the crisp, clean character of a lager.

Brooklyn Recommended - Winner

83An intense, deep ruby beer that pours like engine oil. It's not quite as chocolatey as the name implies but it's certainly a class act.

Brooklyn Brooklyn Local 1 Recommended - Winner

Brooklyn Brooklyn Local 1
80A powerful, bottle-conditioned, tripel-style, golden ale that cries out for a food accompaniment – a herbal cheese or lemon chicken would work.

Brooklyn Chocolate Stout Recommended - Winner

Brooklyn Chocolate Stout
85Not as sumptuously chocolatey as you might expect from the name but an exceptionally good, deep ruby-coloured stout.

Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager

Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager
Lovely russet colour... Resiny hops dominating, citrus and red fruit, underlying apricot notes... Overpowering earthy hops... A brave beer, intense and rich in hop nuances... Resin and a hint of grape...

Deschutes Bachelor ESB

Deschutes Bachelor ESB
Quince jam-like dominant in the nose along with peppery hops. Pleasant balance of malt, fruit and slightly earthy, solid final bitterness. Spicy bitter hop character. Robust and satisfying.

Deschutes Buzzsaw Brown
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Standard Dark Ale - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Brown Ale - Winner

Deschutes Buzzsaw Brown
Sweet, lactic, dry. Sweet, toffees, ‘soap powder' but in a good way. Malt, balanced palate. Oxidised note at first, full body. Good linger. Balanced. Bright. Pleasant, rounded palate.

Deschutes Hop Henge
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Imperial IPA - Winner Recommended - Winner

Deschutes Hop Henge
80A fine, typically challenging US IPA, this time from Oregon. Perfect for hop heads, but too intense for drinkers with more delicate palates.

Deschutes Obsidian Stout
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Stout/Porter - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Stout - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Stout – Export Style - Winner – Tied

Deschutes Obsidian Stout
Black as midnight with a dark head. Deep, black chocolate aroma, wonderfully complex and clean. Roasted chestnuts, tamarillo skins, chocolate, roast vegetables. Hoppy and very bitter in the mouth, a g...

Dogfish Burton Baton

Dogfish Burton Baton
80A smooth, sweet but complex ale, not as obviously hoppy as many American IPAs, but a great winter chill stopper.

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA
83When we said ‘above 5%' we weren't quite expecting this! Dogfish Head leads the way with ‘extreme' beers, and this is as extreme as it gets.

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head 90 Minute Imperial IPA
80The balance is great but this is a formidable drink that smacks you between the eyes. A good example of the current US trend towards potent, robustly hoppy ales.

Dogfish Head Immort Ale

Dogfish Head Immort Ale
77A complex and very enjoyable, red-orange beer that delivers in body, taste and strength.

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
80A full and satisfying strong brown ale, made in part with caramelised brown sugar. Perhaps a touch too strong for its own good: the alcohol detracts a little from the complex dark malt character.

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale

Dogfish Head Indian Brown Ale
76A complex beer, packing contrasting, intriguing flavours, but perhaps a little too strong for its own good.

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron
83An unctuous, deep garnet- coloured beer. Complex and characterful, but too obviously strong for my taste.

Dogfish Head Raison D'etre Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Raison D'etre
83The label declares it is ‘brewed with Belgian beer sugars, green raisins and a sense of purpose'. The result is a very nicely balanced ale that is not over-fruity and all too quaffable for its ABV.

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout

Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
78A big, attention grabbing stout, but perhaps a touch too sweet and with too much alcohol floating about – something that is exacerbated by the level of carbonation.

Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA Recommended - Winner

Dogfish Head Brewery 60 Minute IPA
85Packed with flavour but cleverly balanced with a refined smoothness. The first of three IPAs from this Delaware brewery that makes its living by fearlessly pushing the envelope. The names of the three...

Dogfish Head Brewery 90 Minute Imperial IPA Editors Choice - Winner

Dogfish Head Brewery 90 Minute Imperial IPA
90You know you've had a drink with this one, but it's a class act with exemplary control of the alcohol and esters. I've scored it even more highly this time around than when previously reviewed. Wonder...

Florida Beer Company Indian River Honey Amber Rose

Florida Beer Company Indian River Honey Amber Rose
68The label describes this peach coloured brew from Florida as being a ‘malt beverage brewed with honey and rose hips'. I'm not sure quite what it's hoping to achieve, but it didn't do anything for me...

Flying Dog Old Scratch

Flying Dog Old Scratch
75A full-flavoured, dark amber lager from Colorado.

Flying Dog Snake Dog Editors Choice - Winner

Flying Dog Snake Dog
85Fans of highly-hopped American beers will love this amber-orange IPA, but other drinkers will find it too unbalanced. I fall into the former camp.

Full Sail Session Black

Full Sail Session Black
75A garnet-brown lager with enjoyable flavours on the whole and decent balance, but it would be a lot better if it were a little fresher.

Full Sail Session Premium Lager
World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Premium Lager - Winner World Beer Awards 2007 World's Best Standard Premium Lager - Winner

Full Sail Session Premium Lager
Juicy malt and hoppy aroma, with a touch of perfumed resins and hop flavour. Light coloured. Drinkable. Fresh palate with afterpalate of elderflower. Lingering bittersweet finish. Aged. Good foam. Fru...

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout
83Aged in Bourbon casks, this impenetrably dark beer from Chicago pours like engine oil. You anticipate deep flavours and are not disappointed.

Goose Island Honker's Ale Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Honker's Ale
88A clean, ultra-fresh-tasting amber ale, loaded with flavour.

Goose Island Imperial IPA Editors Choice - Winner

Goose Island Imperial IPA
88A stunner. A joy on a cold night when you don't fancy a malty warmer. The label suggests pairing the beer with the saltiest blue cheese you can find.

Goose Island India Pale Ale Editors Choice - Winner

Goose Island India Pale Ale
90Astonishingly fresh tasting, outstanding pale beer. Will a UK supermarket please put it back on the shelves?

Goose Island Matilda Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Matilda
83A big-flavoured, fruity beer, a successful homage to the classic Belgian Trappist ale Orval and just as challenging, though not as dry. Brewed in part with wild yeasts.

Goose Island Beer Co Indian Pale Ale Recommended - Winner

Goose Island Beer Co Indian Pale Ale
88A world classic. Scored down a touch this time – perhaps the company it's keeping in this round of tasting is more challenging. Still outstanding, nonetheless.

Great Divide  Titan Recommended - Winner

Great Divide Titan
80A chunky, dark-golden IPA with an intense hoppy finish.

Great Divide  Yeti Recommended - Winner

Great Divide Yeti
89A first-rate imperial stout with a distinct American accent, thanks to the skilful use of fragrant hops. The carbonation allows this near-black beer to drink much lighter than its 9.5% ABV.

Harpoon IPA Recommended - Winner

Harpoon IPA
80A very well-balanced American IPA, but rather mellow for this often aggressive style.

Harpoon UFO Raspberry Recommended - Winner

Harpoon UFO Raspberry
80An unfiltered wheat beer, laced with raspberries. Very nicely balanced, clean and refreshing.

High Falls Genesee Cream Ale

High Falls Genesee Cream Ale
73One of America's longest-standing beers. Nicely balanced and not unpleasant but it needs to taste fresher to make a mark today.

High Falls JW Dundee's Original Honey Dew

High Falls JW Dundee's Original Honey Dew
73A pleasant, but rather one dimensional golden brown, honeyed lager.

Left Hand  Imperial Stout Recommended - Winner

Left Hand Imperial Stout
80A full-value, deep-ruby coloured, US beer that defies its strength with enormous drinkability.

Left Hand  Juju Ginger

Left Hand Juju Ginger
78A subtle and successful ginger brew.

Port Brewing The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments Editors Choice - Winner

Port Brewing The Lost Abbey 10 Commandments
85Brave and bold, calls for an experienced beer palate. Brettanomyces yeast is added – the yeast that makes lambic beers musty and earthy – and will surely work its magic with time in the bottle.

Port Brewing The Lost Abbey Devotion Editors Choice - Winner

Port Brewing The Lost Abbey Devotion
85The inspiration is clearly Belgian but there is more than a suggestion of American-style IPA in this welcome arrival. Whatever it's meant to be, it's very good and is presented – like 10 Commandment...

Rogue  Amber Recommended - Winner

Rogue Amber
80An old-fashioned style red amber beer, given an American twist with the inclusion of Cascade hops. Some of the proceeds go to charity.

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Rogue Brutal Bitter
78A robust, chunky beer featuring just one hop – Crystal. A little less alcohol would work to its benefit.

Rogue Chocolate Stout Recommended - Winner

Rogue Chocolate Stout
80A beer for chocoholics, containing natural chocolate flavouring, but still very much a beer.

Rogue Dead Guy Ale

Rogue Dead Guy Ale
78A bronze-coloured ale with plenty of good, fresh flavours, in keeping with the style of this Oregon brewery.

Rogue Dry Hopped Red

Rogue Dry Hopped Red
Lovely russet colour... Resiny hops dominating, citrus and red fruit, underlying apricot notes... Overpowering earthy hops... A brave beer, intense and rich in hop nuances... Resin and a hint of grape...

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve Recommended - Winner

Rogue Santa's Private Reserve
80Big flavours – as always at this Oregon brewery – with hops taking over what is initially a malty beer. If you like bland beers, stay away.

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout

Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout
Rich chocolate, coffee, bitter hops – good refreshing finish. Clean/soft malt balance. Well balanced, easy drinking.

Rogue Smoke Ale

Rogue Smoke Ale
Deep gold with a bronze hue... Aroma presents woody smoked malts and peppery hops... Orangey... Smoky bacon, kipper, Lapsang Souchong tea.. Something pleasantly medicinal about the palate... Big broad...

Rogue  Younger's Special Bitter Recommended - Winner

Rogue Younger's Special Bitter
85The bottle describes this as ‘a classic English special bitter,' but there aren't so many British beers as bold and hoppy as this these days.

Samuel Adams Boston Lager Recommended - Winner

Samuel Adams Boston Lager
83Refreshing, tasty lager in the darker Vienna style. One of the pioneering beers in the US craft brewing revolution, now a national brand.

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter

Samuel Adams Holiday Porter
Refreshing, winey taste. Lots of roasted malt character yet a light and medium body. Very drinkable. Chocolate dominates the aftertaste.

Samuel Adams Imperial White Ale

Samuel Adams Imperial White Ale
Hazy amber colour... Solvent, some fruit esters... Orange, coriander and sugary malt... Very sweet and very strong... Pleasant fruit aftertaste... Almost like a wine or a spirit... Incredibly full bod...

Samuel Adams White Ale

Samuel Adams White Ale
Great aroma of coriander, wheat and butter. Typical phenolic nose with complex aniseedy notes, dry palate reflecting closely the nose with a touch of citrus and spices added.

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale

Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
78A bold, fresh-tasting, deep amber ale, although the intense hoppiness is rather demanding and will challenge a lot of drinkers.

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Recommended - Winner

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
85A copper-coloured beer for hop lovers but with appeal to a far wider audience because of the excellent balance. An American classic.

Stone Old Guardian

Stone Old Guardian
82A chunky, take-no-prisoners barley wine with the hop rate of an IPA, or even a double IPA.

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn Ladeback

Traditional Scottish Ales Lade Inn Ladeback
78A good, tasty, deep-amber coloured beer with clean, fresh flavours.

Beer has a future with food
Increasingly people are experimenting with flavours and serving food with beer. Ben McFarland introduces our food column

Wonderful wheat
Ben McFarland looks at wheat beers in all their forms, and how to pair them with different dishes.

Pale and Interesting
Our panel of experts give you their take on what to munch with pale ale.

The sweetest thing
This issue, our panel of experts look at how you can partner fruit beer with food.

Wild thing I think I love you
Love them or hate them, spontaneously fermented beers can provide some wonderful matches with food. Our panel of experts give their views.

Kolsch on the menu
Our panel of experts look at Kolschbier from Cologne, and what best to eat with it to pick out those delicate flavours.

Enjoying the goodlife
Ben McFarland travels to deepest darkest Dorset for a beer and food cooking demo at River Cottage HQ.

Out and about in the heart of Belgium
Ben McFarland hits the road in rural Belgium in search of the perfect pint

Leader Leeds
Yorkshires unofficial capital city is the place for historic pubs, great nightlife and world class beer. Richard Jones went for a stroll

In Dublin, fair city
Dublin is established as a beer drinkers' paradise. But now the money's rolling in and the city's being transformed, where can you still get a decent pint? Andrew Marshall reports

If you're gong to San Francisco
There's more to this Californian city than meets the eye. Jeff Pickthall reports on a thriving beer culture

In London town
Ted Bruning picks out a few pubs in the Borough

The heart of Europe
Charles D Cook discovers the beers and bars of the Belgian capital

New York, New York,
Intrepid beer hunter Zak Avery explores the city so good they named it twice.

Birra! Birra! Birra!
Adrian Tierney-Jones takes a beer lover's tour of Milan, a great base to explore Italy's burgeoning beer scene.

a beer romp in wine country
Matt Kirkegaard embarks on a Sideways-style beer romp in Western Australia, an area more commly associated with wines.

Beers from the Pioneer Valley
George Lenker takes us on a beer tour of Western Massachusetts.

Drinking cerveja in the sun
Joe Strange goes beer hunting in Lisbon, which isn't as difficult as you might think.

Beer nirvana of the Midwest
Chicago is a beer lover's paradise. Mark Peters gives us a whistle stop tour of some of the city's best bars.

Geordie gems
Jeff Pickthall explores the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, looking for the best beer hot spots in the North East.

Everything you need to know about... malt
In the latest in his series on the ingredients of beer Nigel Huddleston looks at the role of malted barley

Everything you need to know about... fruit
In the latest in our series Nigel Huddleston looks at the role fruit can play in the production of quality beers from around the world

One lump or two?
It has been suggested that there was room in BOTW for a little more technical stuff. So pay attention, here comes the science bit: Daniel Cooper reports on the use of sugar in brewing.

Why homebrew?
Brought to you by Beers of the World and the Craft Brewing Association Ever fancied making your own beer but don't really know how? Over the coming issues, experienced home brew...

The final course
Ben Mcfarland British beer writer and regular BOTW columnist Ben McFarland has written extensively about beer's culinary kinship with food. Six things you shouldn't do at the dinner table: 1) Pick ...

Belgium - Drink in styles
More and more people are taking the Eurostar train to Belgium to sample its beers at first hand. So how do you make sense of its many styles? Lewis Eckett reports

Germany - All around the world
Planning a trip to the World Cup? Richard Jones provides a guide as to what to drink and eat

USA - Welcome to the house of fun (The New Belgium Beer Company)
They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. At Colorado brewers The New Belgium Beer Company they 're looking to Europe with a big smile on their faces. Ben McFarland reports

Japan - Land of the rising sun
Although the big brewers still dominate, new regional brewers are springing up all the time, reports Andrew Burnyeat

The Netherlands - Dutch courage
The Netherlands has had a rough ride from beer aficionados but is it really that bad? Dominic Roskrow reports

Germany - Read Alt about it (Altbiers)
Altbiers are the dark, top-fermented ales popular in Düsseldorf and the Rhineland, as Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

USA: American Beauties
During the last few decades the USA has experienced a beer revolution. Gary Monterosso reports

Belgium - Beer country
Charles D cook explores Belgium, the ultimate destination for any beer fan.

Germany - Bier culture
Andy Neil reveals all about the beer styles and culture of one of the world's greatest brewing nations.

USA: The American revolution
What the heck is going on with craft beer in the USA and who is responsible? George Lenker gives us the low-down.

Czech Republic: World famous
Local man Lubomir Sedlak gives us the lowdown on beer drinking and beer culture in the Czech Republic.

South West: Beer booming in Hardy country
The South West of England is associated with cider production but it has a thriving brewery industry too. Adrian Tierney-Jones acts as tour guide

North West: Still very much a family affair
The North-West of England is still a healthy area for quality beer. Andrew Catchpole picks out the best buys

Och aye the brew (Scotland)
Scotland has undergone a beer revolution in the last decade. Ben McFarland looks at what is on offer

A light in the Black country (West Midlands)
England's West Midlands has long been a beer heartland, built on its industrial past. Roger Protz looks at what is on offer these days

Where the heart is (Central England)
Dominic Roskrow sees what's brewing in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire

Far from Middling (East Midlands)
Several regions of Britain could lay claim to be its most fertile beer producer. One of the least celebrated is the East Midlands. Dominic Roskrow grew up there

Treasures of the north west
In this issue Dominic Roskrow looks at the family brewers of Manchester as well as Lancashire, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside

Treasures of the North East
There's a lot of very good beer produced between Berwick upon Tweed and Middlesbrough, writes Alastair Gilmour.

Raising Cains
Liverpool brewery Cains seemed to be going nowhere fast until two brothers turned it on its head. Andrew Catchpole reports

Fresh and exciting (Veltins)
Our man takes a tour round one of Germany's great pilsener success stories

Busy brewing in Bedford (Wells & Young)
Wells & Young's has undergone huge changes in the last two years. But as Dominic Roskrow reports, the parent company has been evolving for decades.

Achel Trappists
Roger Protz turns his attention to Achel brewery and the ‘famous five' Belgian Trappist breweries

No ordinary Smith
Zak Avery goes behind the scenes at Samuel Smith's, Britain's most clandestine brewery.

Worthy of praise
Pete Brown visits the Worthington White Shield Brewery to explore the history of one of Burton's most legendary beers.

Scotland's biggest little brewery
Ben McFarland visits Harviestoun, a brewery at the forefront of craft brewing in Scotland.