You know exactly what you’re getting when you enter a bar in the United States of America and order your usual brewsky, However, you can’t safely say the same for your next trip to Europe. If you were to name two social activities Europeans are big on, it has got to be football and beer. Both of them are quite different from what Americans are typically used to. The football is basically soccer in Europe and the beers vary from one type to another. Beer drinkers would tell the difference right away. European craft beers just don’t hit your taste buds the same way that popular American beers do.
Needless to say, European frizzy beers are refreshing with their light flavors and have a beautiful diversity with thousands of craft breweries or more. European or not, we can all agree on beer’s contribution to loosen our tongues, reducing inhibitions and making discussions easier in social gatherings. Maybe the best part is that you won’t even get drunk with beer because of the low alcohol content, unless you’ve had too many strong beers.
If you’re planning your trip to Europe, you have got to try out the craft beer. Here are some of the best beers in Europe that you have got to try.
· Atak Chmeilu
Atak Chmeilu is Polish for Hop attack and boy has it attacked the Polish beer scene. The Browar PINTA produces this beer in Żywiec, southern Poland. The beer has a citrus flavor to it, complemented with hints of malt and caramel. Every sip of this frothy ale will leave behind the lemony aftertaste as well as the bitterness most English beers are known for.
· Camden Pils
The Camden Pils has successfully introduced the traditional European taste of brewed pilsner to the English. Though the triple spin on it may taste unfamiliar, the Camden Pils in London is famous for its tangy flavors accompanied by just the right amount of bitterness, offering the best of both worlds and makes a perfect combination for our unacclimatized taste buds.
· Boundary, Filthy Animal Chili Porter
This is not your usual bitter sweet beer. It packs some fire power. Even though the alcohol content in every bottle is a mellow 4.8%, the infused chilli makes the Filthy Animal a bit of an acquired taste, but a must try nonetheless. This beer is from Northern Island and will only cost you about £2.75 per 330ml bottle. You can taste a bit of roasted coffee following the chili. If it’s not hot enough, drinkers often line up substitute chilies for reloads on a fun weekend night.
Ožujsko is the flavor of Croatia and one of their most accepted beers ever. It is manufactured by the company Zagrebačka Pivovara and is the lager of choice especially during the Euro football season. It serves as a refreshing drink for the hot summer and only contains 5% alcohol by volume, so you don’t have to worry about stress gulping when watching the Euro league matches like Croatians traditionally do.