Tastings School - International Focus

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From basics to more advanced topics, the Beer School has all the info to expand your knowledge and enjoyment of your beers, ales and lagers.


International Focus

Australia - The brewers of Oz
For years we've been told that Australians wouldn't give a XXX

Belgium - The Belgian Selection
Belgium produces the most varied collection of beers in the world; Roger Protz reveals what the beer lover will find there

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

Belgium - Celebrating café culture
Charles D cook explores Belgium's legendary beer culture by revealing some of the best beer cafés.

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

Canada - The great white north
Don Tse takes us on a journey to discover the beers and breweries of Canada.

Czech Republic - Innovation, not imitation
Jeff Evans visits the home of Primátor beer in the Czech Republic and discovers an established brewery throwing out some very exciting new beers

Czech Republic - Thank you for the pilsner
The Czech Republic gave the world its most popular beer style. Alastair Gilmour sends his thanks

Czech Republic: It's Czech, mate
The beers of the Czech Republic have long been revered but in recent years they have become widely available, too. Are they still as good? Ben McFarland reports

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

Germany - A very stately brewery
Roger Protz visits German brewery Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world.

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

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

Germany - I'll have a bitter, bitte
Alright , so it might not be a German beer but we just love puns. Sally Toms gets to grips with some of the true beer styles of Germany

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

Ireland: Stout to the top
Ireland's beer consumption has been dominated by stout in general and Guinness in particular. But as the country changes through new wealth, are its drinking patterns changing too?

Italy & Spain: A brave new world
Italy and Spain might be best known for wine, or for cold lagers suitable for quenching a Mediterranean thirst, but there's a lot more going on. Adrian Tierney-Jones 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

Japan: Big in Japan
Matthew Knott gets to grips with the beer scene in Japan.

Mexico - One upon a time in Mexico
The Aztecs claim to have invented beer, and Mexico's modern brewing scene is thriving. Gary Monterosso reports

New Zealand's true brew (White Cliffs)
Julie Ihle visits White Cliffs, an organic brewer whipping up a storm Down Under.

South Africa - Out of Africa...
South African beer is on the up. Rob Allanson looks at what is on offer

Thailand - Ice Cold in Asia
Andrew Catchpole visits the Boon Rawd brewery in Bangkok, birthplace of the successful Thai lager – Singha

The Baltics - Baltic blitz
The Eastern European countries of Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Latvia are still producing some exciting beers. Adrian Tierney-Jones reports

The Baltics - Eurostars
Adrian Tierney-Jones gives us the low down on some exciting Baltic countries producing excellent beers.

The Netherlands - Beer in the Netherlands
Des de Moor shows that the Dutch have more to offer than just Grolsch and Heineken

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

The Netherlands - Refreshing the parts other beers cannot reach
Roger Protz goes behind the scenes at the gigantic Heineken brewery in Amsterdam

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

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

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.

Western Europe - Beer from wine country
Although better associated with grape than grain, the nations of France, Spain, Italy and Portugal still have much to offer the beer lover. Richard Jones reports