Sold in more than 30 countries and with over 13 styles of beer, Żywiec brewery produces one of the country’s favorite beers. Not many beers have the tenacity or prestige to warrant the creation of a museum but Archduke’s Brewery in Żywiec does – and for good reason.
Although France’s beautiful Alsace region is perhaps more readily associated with winemaking than the production of beer, the two ancient trades have happily existed side by side for centuries. Nowadays, the Alsace area accounts for some 50 percent of France’s total beer production.
The history of the world’s most international brewer began with Gerard Adriaan Heineken’s purchase of the Haystack Brewery as it was known in Dutch back in 1864. What started out as a local beer brewed in Amsterdam is today a global icon that’s sold in 192 countries.
One of Germany’s biggest brewers finds its home in a rather out-of-the-way place: Bitburg, a small city in the Eifel mountain range in the western part of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Spangdahlem Air Base is one of its close neighbors.
I don’t think one can argue Guinness is hands down the world’s most famous beer. Thanks to decades of brilliant marketing campaigns, it’s certainly the most recognizable. Brewed in 50 countries and available in 120, you cannot escape the pull of Ireland’s dark and dry stout.
You can thank a long-standing beef between France and Prussia for the delicious Spanish lager, Estrella Damm. The two were duking it out over expansion when August Kuentzmann Damm and his wife Melanie fled Alsace to escape the war and settled along the Mediterranean coast.
The Union Brewery, one of the largest breweries in Slovenia, was established as the small family enterprise of brothers Ivan and Peter Kosler in Ljubljana back in 1864. The Union brand came into being in 1909, when a joint stock company founded by the brothers united with two other breweries.
Tennent Caledonian, one of the UK’s oldest brewers, can boast of a heritage that stretches back centuries. Archival evidence confirms that brewing was already taking place on the banks of the Molendiner Burn in Glasgow as far back as the 1550s.
The Brasserie Nationale is a relatively new entity, having come into being in 1975, but the two breweries it fused together, Bofferding and Funck-Bricher, trace their histories much further back, to 1842 and 1764 respectively.
In 1842, Bavarian brewer Josef Groll put Pilsen on the map for what would soon become a world-famous beer style, pilsner. This pale lager is brewed at the Pilsner Urquell, a veritable beer lover's mecca.
Take your beer tasting tour to the next level with a multi-sensory experience at Stiegl Brauwelt in Salzburg. Touch, smell and taste to your heart’s content while learning about the extensive skills that go into the beer brewing craft.