Maybe you’re a beer connoisseur. Or maybe you just like having your favorite pale ale after work. Either way, you probably know how important alcohol is to some cultures, these five cities especially. They have repeatedly appeared on multiple top beer cities’ lists for their abundances of breweries, bars and culturally rich pubs. If you like variety and quantity when it comes to your beers, keep these cities in mind in your future travels.
1. Dublin, Ireland
Home to the Guinness Brewery, there is no doubt Dublin has a rich cultural history in each of their pubs. Travelers can take a look back in time at The Brazen Head, Ireland’s oldest pub dating back to 1198. For James Joyce fans, the world renowned Irish writer mentioned this bar in his book, Ulysses. Travelers can also stop at The Guinness Storehouse, a popular tourist attraction with seven flours, the seventh floor being the Gravity Bar with beers ready to serve and beautiful views of Dublin. We also can’t forget about the Porterhouse, a local place with nine original beers.
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2. Munich, Germany
If you enjoy celebrating Oktoberfest, you should try celebrating it in Munich. The tradition originated as a wedding celebration in the early 19th century. It goes on for 16 days and it is full of music, lederhosen and large steins. Possibly the beer capital of the world, Germany is also home to one of the world’s oldest breweries, the Benedictine Weihenstephan Abbey, founded in 725. Visitors can tour Paulaner, a brewery established in 1634, or even see one of Munich’s many beer gardens and halls.
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3. Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dublin might be the home of Guinness, but the Dutch can take credit for Heineken and Amstel. Travelers should try one of the 500 beers served at The Cracked Kettle or one of the 200 served at the Café Gollem right down the street. If that isn’t enough for the beer drinker, Cafe t’Arendsnest has 100-different, purely Dutch beers from 50 breweries, 30 of which are on tap. Check out the old brewing stills at the self-guided tour, The Heineken Experience. Amsterdam is also famous for its bruin cafes or “brown bars” which are traditional dive bars. They are dark, laid-back and hopefully crowd-free.
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4. Portland, Oregon
Not only a city for the beer drinker, Portland is also for the health and environmentally conscious person. They held the nation’s first organic beer festival and many of their microbreweries thrive on sustainability and organic food trends. Hopworks Urban Brewery is eco-friendly, serving organic beer in an old tractor showroom. Oregon Brewers Festival, Feast Portland and the Portland International Beer Festival are among other beer festivals that celebrate the rich drinking culture in Portland. Did we mention that they have more breweries per person than any other city in America?
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5. Prague, Czech Republic
If you’ve ever enjoyed a Pilsner or Budweiser, you can thank the Czech. It is estimated that they are the largest consumers of beer in the world, averaging about 41 gallons per person, per year. Prague hosts a 17-day Beer Festival where visitors can listen to live music and drink an unlimited variety of lagers. It’s also home to one of the world’s oldest brew pub, U Fleku, which has been brewing for five centuries. They serve around 2,000 glasses of beer a day and their dark lager can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
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