Reader Recs: Best Beer Cities
Harvest season brings fresh hops, but not every city in the world can boast an overflowing offering of craft beers and homegrown breweries.
That’s why we tapped our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite beer-drinking destinations.
So crack open a cold one and find out which cities are tops for hops:
The Czech Republic consumes more beer per capita than any nation in the world, so it’s little wonder our readers gave it love. Both Tomáš M. and Udo G. point to 2015 European Capital of Culture Plzeň—home to the world’s very first golden beer, Pilsner Urquell—while Amber H. says Prague deserves props for having the Czech Republic’s oldest brewery, U Fleků. “They bring you a fresh pint every time they pass your table, whether you wanted another one or not,” Amber says. And for Melissa H., the Moravian city of Brno is worth a visit owing to the unassuming brewery that can be found in the basement of Hotel Pegas.
Beyond Canada’s beer-making power players (the big three—LaBatt, Molson, and Sleeman—have all merged with foreign companies), Liz M. directs our attention to Quidi Vidi Brewery. The signature beer at this independent outfit located in the city of St. John’s is made with water harvested from icebergs that drift off the coast of Newfoundland. Come in the evening, counsels Liz, to hear live local music.
Everyone wants a second round in Belgium—at least in the country’s Dutch-speaking Flemish region. Doris H. recommends De Struise Brouwers in Oostvleteren, while Sarah G. is partial to Domus brewery in the renowned brewing city of Leuven. Like your beer with a side of people watching? Star G. suggests heading to the heart of Bruges (Read more...)