If you’re a lover of ales, there’s a good chance that when it comes to travel you’re more focused on antique breweries and beer-related sites rather than architecture, shopping or just about anything else when you’re wandering cities and towns.
For those of our readers who love their beer, we have a great list of the best travel destinations that will get you right up close and personal with how some of the most famous and renowned beers are made, and you might even get to try a pint fresh out of the brewery.
Take a look at the world’s best travel destinations for a beer lover below.
The Czech Republic
What would our list be without the world’s beer-drinking capital, the Czech Republic?
The Czechs have been the world’s biggest consumers of beer for almost three decades, and with that in mind, we’re certain that beer coming from the country is going to be better than just about anywhere else on earth.
Head to Plzeň in the Czech Republic to get a look into beer-brewing that goes all the way back to 1842. This is the city where Pilsner got its start, and if you’re in the know about this brew, you’ll know it really is one of the best and most popular around the world.
You can take a look at the brewery today as there are guided tours and plenty of attractions surrounding the old building, and you’re even able to get a taste of a fresh pilsner brew directly from a cask or keg!
There are plenty of fantastic hotels in the area too, centred around beer-related sites, and so you’re in one of the best places in Europe for a look at beer!
Another excellent travel destination for our beer-loving readers in Germany, and Rauchbier to be exact.
The city is home to more than 80 breweries, and if that doesn’t have you frothing, then the fact that they’re all located within just 15 miles of the city will! One good thing to note about the city is that there is a law touted as the ‘Reinheitsgebot’, which essentially requires all beer produced in the area to be as pure as possible – this means only yeast, malt, hops and water can be used in these brews, making them some of the purest and best-tasting in all of Europe.
When it comes to relaxing, leisure and staying in the city, we’re happy to say that you’ll be able to rely on beer-focused hotels that offer great complimentary breakfasts and everything you’ll need to keep you perked up after all the beer-tasting you’ll be bound to partake in.
Brno, Czech Republic
Making our way back to the Czech Republic now, you’ll certainly want to make your way to Brno. The country’s home of Heineken – though it wasn’t always a major brewer for the brand.
You’ll find world-class beer here coming from the biggest brewery in the Republic, as expected, and there are some great local beers crafted right in town, a favourite of which is known as the Ležák, which is essentially an incredibly flavoured blond.
There is also a local malty dark beer on offer too, known as the Černé brew, which you are also bound to love. You can click here for some more information on local Aussie beers to compare which of your favourites match the likes of the Czech Republics.
Again, like many other beer-focused cities in Europe, most hotels in the area offer beer-centric amenities, services and tours, though if you’re looking for a more traditional and pared-back experience, there’s always the Avanti Hotel to check into.
One other incredible location to consider for beer travel lovers is Lambic in Belgium. The city is known across the continent for creating some of the finest beers in the world and has been offering said beers since the 14th century.
You’ll notice that there are dark stouts and ales produced in town, and these are also fruity and punchy in flavour, something that is rather unique to the Lambic blend of beer.
With these incredible destinations in mind, we’re sure that you’ll be able to find a great brew-centric city or town across the globe that really quenches your thirst for a traditional and freshly brewed ale.
One of our biggest tips here is to find the best hotels that are focused on the beer and brewing tourism industry and you’ll be in the best of hands when it comes to getting around town and trying the best brews on offer.