9 international breweries worth seeking out for new tastes
Although it's rare to see these beers on shelves in the U.S., they're definitely worth a try.
Everyone loves a good craft beer from the local microbrewery; stepping outside the beer box can really expand a beer connoisseur's palate. Like international cuisine, international beers inspire a sense of exploration. Should you ever come across any of these or similar brands in your travels, be sure to give them a try.
Star Breweries of Madagascar
A Three Horses Beer truck makes a delivery in Madagascar. (Photo: Leonara Enking/Flickr)
Since 1960, Star Brewery's Three Horses Beer (THB) has decorated the streets of Madagascar with the signature bright red and yellow labels — from the iconic trucks to decorated restaurants. A pale lager, THB has a few variations: THB Pilsener, THB Special, THB Lite and THB Fresh. THB Pilsener is made with corn and barley, while THB Special has a tad higher alcohol content. THB Fresh is a shandy.
Cascade Brewery in Australia
Cascade Brewery was originally a saw mill. (Photo: Stuart Hamilton/Flickr)
Opened in 1832, Cascade Brewery in Hobart, Tasmania is the oldest running brewery in the country. Now owned by Foster's Group, a variety of beverages come out of this gorgeous estate. The brewery produces its own malt for its spicy Cascade Premium Lager and fruity Cascade Pale Ale varieties. One of the greenest breweries on our list, Cascade created an environmentally-friendly brew: Cascade Pure. Carbon neutral and preservative-free, everything about this beer is green — from the printed label to its distribution.
Tempo Beer in Israel
Goldstar, another beer from Tempo Beer in Israel. (Photo: Or Hiltch/Flickr)
The largest beer brewery in Israel, Tempo Beer Industries produces three of the most common beers in the nation: Goldstar (a dark lager), Maccabee (a Pilsner) and Nesher Malt (a pale lager). Nesher Malt also has a darker, non-alcoholic version.
Kingdom Breweries in Cambodia
The taproom of Kingdom Breweries in Cambodia. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Located on the Tonle Sap River in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Kingdom Breweries is a craft beer success story in Southeast Asia. A relatively young brewery, its first product, the Clouded Leopard Pilsener, hit the markets in 2010. Kingdom also brews a dark lager and a gold lager.
FIX Brewery in Greece
Santorini, Greece, provides a beautiful backdrop for a can of Fix beer. (Photo: Vesselin Kolev/Flickr)
The first major brewery in Greece with a history dating back to the mid-1800s, FIX calls itself "the Greek word for beer." The country's first beer, FIX HELLAS is a blond lager with apple and banana aromas.
Orion Breweries in Japan
Orion lanterns adorn the streets of Okinawa. (Photo: nippon_com/Flickr)
Sourcing its water from nearby mountain springs, Orion Breweries is a popular producer in Okinawa, Japan. Another green brewery, Orion strongly emphasizes recycling, from its delivery crates to the glass bottles.
Egill Skallagrímsson Brewery in Iceland
Egils Gull, a pale lager from the Egill Skallagrímsson brewery. (Photo: Didier Baertschiger /Flickr)
Named after an Iceland-born poet, adventurer and farmer who lived during the Viking Age, Egils produces all kinds of beverages. Its beers include the Egils Pilsner, Egils Gull and Egils Premium — all varieties of pale lager.
Baltika Brewery in Russia
Baltika #3 Classic beers in Russia. (Photo: Mike Atherton/Flickr)
Baltika Brewery in St. Petersburg, Russia, produces pale ales, porters, wheat beers and a number of specialized brews — no wonder it is the biggest brand in Russia. One of the most internationally renowned brands is Baltika #9 Strong, a meticulous brew that is exported to dozens of countries, including the U.S.
Lion Brewery in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's Lion beer, which can be found in the U.S. at select pubs. (Photo: Bernt Rostad /Flickr)
Previously known as Ceylon Brewery, the Lion Brewery was the first ever in Sri Lanka. Though it was opened to cater to the British population, it has become just as much a part of Sri Lanka's culture. It offers seven varieties, from the popular pale lager to the award-winning stout.
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