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Old 07-25-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default How do US microbreweries compare to the world?

I might get some heat for this, but I truly believe that the US microbreweries are making the best beers on he world.

What's y'all's opinion?
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Old 07-25-2014, 09:25 PM   #2
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Oh boy...you asked for it. Here come all the 'hop bomb' comments from the Europeans.

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Some US breweries are making some of the best beers in the world. But so are some breweries from Belgium. And the UK. And Germany.

Show me a single US brewer making a better Hefeweizen than Weihenstephaner or a better Bitter than Timothy Taylor, or a better BDSA/Quad than Rochefort, or St. Bernardus, or Westvleteren...

There are some that can come close, sure. And US brewers certainly take the cake for US styles. And they make some mean Belgian ones too. But I don't think they can match the Germans at German styles, and quite frankly most US craft brewers are absolutely terrible at traditional English styles.

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:42 PM   #4
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I recently took a trip over to England for the first time (early in June). All of my brew friends told me to get ready to experience "real beer". I was excited to go over and experience the pub ales. I will say one thing - they are very proud of their beer and they seem to get excited about it more than we do over here. That said, I wasn't very impressed with English beers. I tried many of them at many different pubs. While there were some that were "decent", I didn't have a single one that really impressed me that much. The other thing that I didn't like was how weak all of their beers were. Most were in the 3.5-4.5% ABV range. There were some here and there that were stronger, but the majority were very weak.

I recently read an article saying that American craft brews were starting to surpass their English counterparts. I agree. American craft brews crush.

I get to go to Germany in early September (unfortunately not during Oktoberfest), so we will see how they stack up.

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:46 PM   #5
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I've had awesome beer from all over the world. I wouldn't say the U.S. is the best, however, we're right up there. I'm not sure I'd call any country "the best".

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For craft beer quite possibly, but lots of the Europeans don't brew those kinds of beers, it is kind of a apples to oranges thing


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For the styles I enjoy the most, the US is by far the best.

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i met a guy at a bar recently from ireland... asked about the beer scene over there and such, said it was dismal... and that guiness is not great here in the USA (i asked him how it differs, he didn't bring it up).

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The thing I would say is that really good beer can be found all over Europe and generally speaking it costs less than water. Although there are now many excellent beers to be found in the U.S., they are far too expensive. That's just one of the reasons I make my own...

As for Asia, well beer is not really what they do best.


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Old 07-27-2014, 02:02 AM   #10
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In Germany they make great German beer.

In Belgium they make great Belgian beer.

In the UK they make great British beer.

In the US they make great American beer, very good to great German beer, very good to great Belgian beer and very good to great British beer.

Sure you can get British made American styles but they are rarely good and hard to find.

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