Beer lovers rejoice - thanks to the craft beer boom there are plenty of places to travel to and enjoy a cool glass of local beer. But where do we recommend making sure are top of a beer lovers travel wish list? Read on to find out!
We’ve split our recommendations into continents, so that it’s easier for you to find, and given you some tips on which beers and breweries we think that you should be sampling.
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Beer fact: Polish beer is good and cheap! Look to pay around £1.60 GBP/$2.20 USD for a pint of draught domestic beer.
What to drink:
Some of the top craft breweries in Poland include:
How to get there: Fly to Copernicus Airport Wrocław (WRO) with Air France, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Onur Air, KLM, Eurowings, and more.
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Beer fact: Bristol and the city’s surrounding area is home to over 20 breweries.
What to drink: Some of the top craft breweries in Bristol include:
How to get there: Fly to Bristol Airport (BRS) with Aer Lingus Regional, Aurigny, easyJet, TUI Airways, KLM, Flybe and more
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Beer fact: The oldest brewery in Munich, the Augustiner brewery, was founded by monks in the 14th century. The brewery is now privately owned.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Munich include:
How to get there: Fly to Munich International Airport (MUC) with Aegean Airlines, Condor, Eurowings, Lufthansa, TUI Fly Deutschland, United Airlines, TAP Air Portugal, SunExpress Deutschland, and more
Beer fact: Despite not being as packed with craft breweries and Trappist tasting rooms as other Belgian cities, Antwerp is the capital of Flanders and serves as an excellent showcase of what the region has to offer.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Antwerp include:
How to get there: Fly to Antwerp International Airport (ANR) with Air Antwerp, TUI Fly Belgium, and Flybe
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Beer fact: Denver has around 150 breweries - there has been a recent slowdown, including some brewery closures, however, there continues to be a strong brewery culture in the city.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Denver and the surrounding area include:
How to get there: Fly to Denver International Airport (DEN) with Frontier Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Express, Boutique Air, Air Canada, Westjet, Alaska Airlines and more
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Beer fact: You might have heard of Goose Island, which put Chicago beer on the map, however, there’s lots of great other breweries in the Windy City.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Chicago include:
How to get there: Fly to O'Hare International Airport (ORD) with American Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Air India, Aeromexico, Iberia, Spirit Airlines and more
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Beer fact: Vancouver is easy to walk around, allowing for fun tours of the city’s brewpubs, bars, breweries and taprooms.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Vancouver include:
How to get there: Fly to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) with Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Transat, Harbour Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines, Westjet and more
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Beer fact: Portland is known as the world’s best beer city and local beer is #1 - Oregon breweries brew over 50% of the draft beer served in the state.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Portland include:
How to get there: Fly to Portland International Airport (PDX) with Alaska Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada Express, American Airlines and more
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Beer fact: Miami might be better known for cocktails, but it has recently seen a craft beer revolution.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Miami include:
How to get there: Fly to Miami International Airport (MIA) with American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Interjet, Bahamasair, Alitalia, United Airlines, American Airlines and more
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Beer fact: There are over 30 different craft breweries in Medellín, with many of them being one person set ups.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Medellín include:
How to get there: Fly to José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) with Avianca, Air Panama, Copa Airlines Colombia, LATAM Colombia, Wingo, Air Europa, Iberia, Interjet, JetBlue and more.
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Beer fact: Buenos Aires is known for Malbec, but a recent beer boom has caused it to be full to the brim with craft beers - the Palermo area of the city has some great bars, and probably has more than one craft beer bar on every block.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Buenos Aires include:
How to get there: Fly to Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) with Gol Transportes Aéreos, Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Austral Líneas Aéreas, British Airways, Emirates, and more
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Beer fact: Craft beer is still pretty under the radar in Mexico, however, Mexico City is home to craft ale beer gardens, artisanal beer companies and microbreweries, fuelling a growing trend for the rest of the country.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Mexico City include:
How to get there: Fly to Mexico City International Airport (MEX) with Interjet, VivaAerobus, Volaris, Air Canada, Aeroméxico, China Southern Airlines, Lufthansa, Volaris Costa Rica, and more
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Beer fact: Japan has a strong drinking culture and beer drinking is a widespread social bonding activity. Beer is enjoyed by men, women, young, old, rich and poor, and can be found pretty much everywhere - including from vending machines.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries to enjoy in Tokyo include:
How to get there: Fly to Haneda Airport (HND) with All Nippon Airlines, Japan Airlines, Starflyer, Jeju Air, Peach Aviation, Qantas, China Southern Airlines, Cathay Pacific, AirAsia X, Air France and more
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Beer fact: Did you know that until 2011, Russia didn’t classify beer as alcoholic? Until then, anything with less than 10% ABV was considered a foodstuff.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Moscow include:
How to get there: Fly to Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME) with S7 Airlines, Gulf Air, AtlasGlobal, Ural Airlines, Yamal Airlines, Nordstar, IrAero and more
Beer fact: After water and tea, beer is the most popular drink in the Philippines.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Manila include:
How to get there: Fly to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, All Nippon Airlines, Air Juan, Turkish Airlines, SilkAir, Emirates and more
Beer fact: South Africans love their beer, consuming an average of around 60 litres of beer per person, per year.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Cape Town include:
How to get there: Fly to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) with Air Botswana, FlySafair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Rwandair, Austrian Airlines, British Airways, Airlink, Kenya Airways, Kulula.com and more
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Beer fact: Namibia is home to one of one of the top 10 beers in the world - Windhoek Lager.
What to drink:
How to get there: Fly to Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport (WDH) with Air Namibia, Airlink, KLM, South African Airways, TAAG Angola Airlines, South African Express and more
Beer fact: Tanzania ranks as the 6th country in all of Africa in terms of beer consumption.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Dar es Salaam include:
How to get there: Fly to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR) with Air Tanzania, Fastjet, Fly540, Precision Air, ZanAir, Oman Air, AB Aviation, Coastal Aviation, Ewa Air, flydubai, Int'Air Îles and more
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Beer fact: In Israel, the common measure of beer is referred to as a “Hetzi”, and is 500ml. You can also order a small, third of a glass, called a “Shleesh”, and a bottle of beer is called a “Bakbook”.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Tel Aviv include:
How to get there: Fly to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) with Arkia, Atlasglobal, Bluebird Airways, El Al, Alitalia, American Airlines, Air India, Sun d’Or, Ryanair, Korean Air, and more
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Beer fact: Despite Australians drinking less alcohol now than they have done in the past 55+ years, craft beer is still popular, as is traditional Aussie lager.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Melbourne include:
How to get there: Fly to Melbourne Airport (MEL) with: Cathay Pacific, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Scoot, Emirates, Malindo Air, Jetstar Airways, Fiji Airways and more
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Beer fact: New Zealand exports much of its beer to Australia, and it is seen as one of ten New Zealand products with high export growth potential.
What to drink: Some of the top beers and breweries in Wellington include:
How to get there: Fly to Wellington International Airport (WLG) with: Sounds Air, Golden Bay Air, Qantas, Air New Zealand, Air Chathams, Virgin Australia and more
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