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A Hop Around the World’s Beers

by Travelbag on 20 January 2020, 10:01AM

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These are boom times for brewers and drinkers alike. Changes in taste, techniques and ingredients have left us with a bewildering choice at the bar. There are more breweries in Britain today than at any time since the Thirties – and it’s proving the same around the world. America is leading the way but, all over Europe, craft beers are becoming more popular than wine. Further afield, Canada, New Zealand and even Japan have an astonishing variety. And don’t think the Aussies are missing out – they couldn’t care less about Foster’s any more.

To guide you through the hoppy maze, Travelbag’s Senior Purchasing Manager, Tom Dale – also the creator of seeksbeer.com – selects the best places in the world for a pint – and what to order when you’re there. Cheers!

 

Auckland, New Zealand

We all love New Zealand for its wine – Sauvignon Blanc in particular – but this place has a booming beer scene too. Auckland alone has more than 30 breweries, so you’re never far from a quality pint. You’re never far from a beach, either: this city is set on a large sweeping bay, so there’s always that sense of escape and adventure on the doorstep. Whether it’s your first day in NZ or you’re spending 48 hours in Auckland before flying home, be sure to hop on a ferry to Waiheke Island. Home to the Waiheke Island Brewery, there’s plenty here to keep everyone entertained, thanks to a kids’ playground with outdoor games, a vineyard, a restaurant and the brewery itself. Settle in for a selection of beers – from pale ales to porters – and the hubbub of city life will feel a million miles away. Back on the mainland, meanwhile, check out Urbanaut Brewing Co, where you’ll find beers inspired by destinations all over the world, including their Brixton Pale Ale, Finnieston Chocolate Porter and El Segundo West Coast IPA.

Urbanaut

Sydney, Australia

Hop across the water to Australia and you’re never going to be too far from a good beer – which can, ironically, make it much harder to find the best beer. In Sydney, Redoak Brewery is the place to start. On Clarence Street, this is Australia’s most awarded brewery. It’s also a good spot to mingle with the locals and get a bite to eat. Owners David and Janet – a brother and sister team – created all this in seven years, and they’ve got involved with a lot of good causes along the way. They use local suppliers, support sustainability projects and help local charities. Brits can enjoy a taste of home with their Pommy Bitter, or you could go for something a little more unusual like the Honey Ale, the sour Brett on the High Seas or a Dark ‘n’ Dusty black IPA. Other good places to try nearby are All Hands Brewing House on Darling Harbour, and Staves Brewery and Taproom, near Central Station.

Not sure what to do with the rest of your time in Sydney? Read up on how to spend a week in New South Wales.

 

Tokyo, Japan

Incredible Japan is known for its ancient culture, traditional architecture, neon cities and densely forested interior. Less well known, though, are the 200 or so breweries which, combined with all those sake and whiskey producers, make the Land of the Rising Sun a heavenly holiday choice for the drinks connoisseur. To top it off, the best way to get around is by rail, so there’s no need to worry about enjoying a few afternoon bevvies. From Kagoshima in the south to Sapporo in the north, craft brewing really has taken a hold of the country – but of course megacity Tokyo has the greatest variety. Look out for the four DevilCraft locations, where guest beers are served alongside their own line up of lagers, pale ales and IPAs. Also keep your eyes peeled for the cleverly named Far Yeast Brewing in Shibuya, where beers can be enjoyed with delicious bao buns – a surprisingly perfect bar snack.

Tasting flight

Niagara-On-The-Lake, Canada

Just a couple of hours from Toronto by train, Niagara Falls is a true natural wonder. With more than 700,000 gallons of water tumbling over the falls every second, it’s a spectacle to behold. But once you’ve seen it… what next?

Nearby Niagara-on-the-Lake is the answer. This well-to-do town on the shores of Lake Ontario is an entirely different experience from Toronto. Here, you can expect to find vineyards, sprawling farmland and the serene waters of the lake. Start in the centre of this quaint town at The Exchange Brewery with its upmarket tasting room. Next, take a cab out to Oast House Brewers, which showcases the other side of town. Oast is all about the region’s bucolic, agricultural roots. By this time, you may feel the need to repent – so head to Silversmith Brewery. Housed in a converted church, complete with a stained glass rose window, this is an enjoyable setting in which to enjoy a pint or two.

 

Gulf Coast Florida, USA

When you think of Florida, Orlando’s theme parks, Miami’s beaches and the Everglades come to mind… but breweries? Well, yes! The Sunshine State is home to some 250 of them. So put down your Budweiser and get on the craft beer trail.

The Southwest Gulf Coast – a serene region of laidback towns and white-sand beaches – has become the heart of Florida’s brewing industry. You can even start in Tampa, with direct flights from London, where stout specialists Angry Chair have set up shop along with new age meadery Garagiste. From there, spend a night or two in affluent Dunedin, where the only thing to outnumber the art galleries is the breweries – there are six of them within a 10 minute walk of each other. A little further south is beautiful St Pete Beach with its award-winning stretch of sand. After a day in the sun, head Downtown for a choice of breweries that serve everything from strong imperial stouts to juicy IPAs and tart lambic sours.

Alternatively, if you’re not in the mood for a bar crawl, take yourself to Pour. This hidden gem boasts 50 self-service taps with beer from across the USA. To truly understand the scale of the brew scene on the Gulf, order a Gulp Coast Passport and start collecting your stamps.

Mastry's, St Pete

The Best Spots for a Sunset Beer

After the heat and activity of the day, holiday sunsets give you some time to take a breather, enjoy the scenery, and generally delight in the joys of not being at work. Fancy a cold one? Here are Tom’s top spots for a sunset beer.

 

LUX* Le Morne, Mauritius

With jungle-covered, UNESCO-protected mountains behind it, and a serene Indian Ocean lagoon in front, LUX* Le Morne has some cracking sunset views. Grab a bottle of local Phoenix lager and find a quiet spot on the beach – what better way to end your day in Mauritius?

 

Kariega Game Reserve, South Africa

Dusty, tired, exhilarated – after a day of spotting the Big Five in South Africa, the most welcome of safari traditions is “sundowners”. Your 4x4 stops on a high escarpment and the guide opens a cool box, so you can enjoy an ice-cold Castle in the low, golden sunlight overlooking the African bush.

 

Floyd’s Pelican Bar, Jamaica

This spot in Jamaica is perhaps my favourite bar in the world. Two miles offshore on a sandbar, this series of wooden stilts, platforms and roofs is Rastafari Floyd’s labour of love. Spend an afternoon jumping in the sea and listening to reggae, before enjoying a final sunset bottle of Red Stripe and catching the last boat back to reality.

 

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills, Los Angeles

The newest five-star hotel in Los Angeles has the largest rooftop deck in the city, complete with a swimming pool, flowerbeds and unparalleled city views. On a clear day you can see the Pacific on one side and the Hollywood sign on the other. In such swanky surroundings, I have certainly enjoyed a sunset drink… perhaps even two.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Looking for more holiday ideas? Grab a beer and flick through our latest edition of Escape magazine.

Or read about the best destinations for 2020 and start planning. 

 


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