A Guide to European Beer


Europeans love beer, and as such European beer is in no short supply. Whether you’re travelling abroad and want to try something local from the tap, or you’re in your own country but still want to try European beer for something a bit different and generally very tasty.

One country that’s particularly known for its European beer is England. England has become famous for its drinking culture, unfortunately largely due to the behaviour of English fans at sporting events. The question is though, what’s so good that they get that drunk? And the answer is of course European beer.

The traditional European beer from England is ale which is a drink brown in colour and slightly thicker than Lager and more bitter. For this reason almost any location in England has a ‘local ale’ and you can make any bartender happy by asking to taste these, and are unlikely to find any better examples of European beer elsewhere. Examples of local ales are Newscastle Brown from Newcastle, London Pride from London, or Hobgobblin from Cornwall – all of which make a great European beer.

Despite this though, when it comes to lager the English tend to consume European beer from other countries in larger quantities such as Kronenberg from Scotland. At the same time, despite the reputation of the English as heavy beer drinkers, they are actually fairly low in terms of beer consumed per capita being Danes, Germany, The Czech Republic and Poland. Many other European countries also have their own highly popular European beer which sells well in England as well as their own countries. One example is the very popular European beer from Belgium, Stella Artois, which is known for being cheap and making drinkers more aggressive. Meanwhile the European beer Heineken from Dutch Heineken International is a European beer that’s found success across Europe as well as in the US and even the Middle East.

Recently Poland has also become more well known as a manufacturer of European beer, and since Poland’s introduction into the EU this has found its way around the rest of Europe, particularly with so many Polish immigrants currently in England for labour. One of the most popular of these is Związek which is now enjoyed all over the world among with several others that are following its example. The Polish beer industry has since seen investments of one billion Euros in foreign investments.

Of course one of the biggest European beer success stories is Ireland’s Guinness, which is sold all over the world and drank in far vaster quantities come St Patrick’s day.