Do you love beer – and then primarily for the sake of taste, and not just because of the alcohol? In that case, you will find a lot of joy in the European cities, where you can visit the home countries of the various types of beer that you can buy as imported beer in Norwegian shops.
There are many different types of beer, and it can be exciting to travel to one of Europe’s leading “beer cities” to taste something other than what you usually drink here at home. Here we take a look at some of the most popular cities, where you can have a beer experience out of the ordinary. Be it anything from a legendary Guinness in Dublin, to traditional monastic beers in Belgium. We have also selected the best activities for those interested in beer in each of the cities.
The Irish drinking culture is probably familiar to most people, and then it is first and foremost beer that goes in. Irish beer is often associated with dark beer, thanks to the giant beer producer Guinness. They have been producing and selling beer for centuries, and it all started in Dublin. Here you can stop by the Guinness Storehouse, which is the factory and warehouse of the beer producer of the same name. You can learn all about brewing the beer, while of course you get a taste and can end the visit with a cold Guinness on the top floor of the building.
Beliga is also known for its beer producers, and one of the leading cities for those who love beer is Brussels. The Belgian capital has many restaurants with very good food, and in some of these there is often a separate beer menu rather than a separate wine list. At the same time, Belgium has won several titles with the title of “the world’s best beer”, and there are over 750 different types of beer in the country. If you do not like something here, then there is nothing wrong with the beer! If you take the trip to Belgium, we recommend you try out well-known beers such as Duvel, Orval and Westmalle. This is beer for advanced, with rich and full-bodied taste.
The Germans have a good drinking culture, and have many so-called “beer gardens” in the various cities. These are popular with both tourists and locals, and you can taste very many types of different beers. If you travel to Munich, you have a plentiful selection of pubs, beer gardens and nightclubs – which are closest to each other in the center. Several of these have a centuries-long history, and it will be experienced “as you see it on TV” – with large halls where the largest can accommodate over 7,000 people. Well-known beers from Germany are Becks, Paulaner and not least Erdinger.
Most people are probably familiar with beer that comes from Bavaria in Germany, and the city of Bamberg is located in the region of Franconia in Bavaria. It is a historic city that was not laid in ruins during World War II, and which consequently has many historical memories. But the city has beer as its biggest draw! There are very many breweries here, as the city has been doing this for over 1000 years. You will find an extremely good selection of beers, and we recommend a visit to a restaurant that serves traditional German food along with its own beer menu. Some of the breweries located in Bamberg are Kaiserdom, Klosterbräu, Heller and Spezial.