Scotland may be more famous for its whiskey than its beer, but the picturesque city of Edinburgh is trying to change that. With an excellent balance between craft beer outfits and traditional pubs, the city allows beer lovers to sample the new and the old Scottish beer scenes. A famous university town, here beer drinking is a year-round pursuit and even outside of term-time the city is always packed.
Do you know why the Irish capital is one of Europe’s best beer cities? Of course you do; it’s because when you’re there, the good times just keep Doublin’ and Doublin’ and Doublin’...like what we did there? It may be most famous for one beer in particular, but Dublin is a doozy for drinkers. And it’s not just Guinness that flows -- although no trip is complete without a brewery tour and a pint of the black stuff at the in-house Gravity Bar.
When beer prices hover at around $1.70 a pint, you’d think that bargain drinking was the main reason a destination could compete as one of Europe’s best beer cities. Once you’ve checked off a visit to the must-see Charles Bridge, a trip spent lazing in the dramatic square drinking the local Staropramen pilsner wouldn’t be one misspent. After all, this is the home of the first ever Pilsner and it’s a city that even goes as far as having an actual beer spa!
If you thought that Londoners only drank warm ale then...okay, they still drink some warm ale, but tradition’s no bad thing. To go with the cask ales, the city has a huge craft beer scene that has grown exponentially over the last five years. A slew of American-inspired pale ales hit the market and now every other pub in the capital serves something out of the ordinary.
When it comes to beer, Belgium has some of the finest tipples in the worldWith its dreamy canals and UNESCO World Heritage Site good looks, Bruges is the ultimate backdrop for getting down with the grain. Unsurprisingly, the city is filled with cozy beer bars vying for your stein-cradling hand. Go straight to the source with a tour of the Straffe Hendrik Brewery before moules frites and more beer at De Kelk on Langestraat.
One word: Oktoberfest. Munich is the most famous beer city in the world thanks, in a big way, to its annual beer fest. Contributing over a billion Euros to the Munich economy every year, the event is a huge date in every beer fan's calendar. And considering the majority of the 17-day party takes place in September, that calendar should come in useful. For the other 348 days of the year, Munich’s beer halls and gardens continue the tradition.