The people of Denver are no strangers to good beer. In fact, a lot of people call Denver the unofficial capital of craft beers. There are lots of local craft breweries in the city, and there are lots of people who flock these breweries. It is just simple. Denver knows how to make great beer, and Denver knows how to appreciate great beer.
But that also makes it seem like Denver is a snob when it comes to beers produced outside of Denver. That is not the case. As said above, Denver knows how to appreciate great beer, and that includes those that were not produced in the country.
So, here’s a list of some of the best International beers that you can try:
Warsteiner Premium Verum
Thins inconspicuous brown bottle with a simple black label would not turn any heads if they are not familiar with this beer. But if you are looking for a great Pilsner, there are very few better than this one. While its aroma is no different from regular Pilsners, that thick lingering foam that forms when you pour it in a glass tells you that you are in for a treat. Drink and you get a crisp beer with dry finish. That foam really remains thick and complements the heavy carbonation. Best served ice cold.
It is hard to miss this Asian beer from Thailand. What with the golden dragon on its white label, and gigantic bottle, it will definitely get your attention. I have yet to encounter a smaller bottle, but then again, I am perfectly fine with a giant 630 ml bottle. And if you are looking for a chill, easy to drink lager, then this one is perfect. It provides a bit more flavor and body that a usual lager without being overpowering. Lager lovers, after all, are not about the strong flavors. It’s the easiness of the drink and the refreshing lightness.
Probably the most popular lager in the world, and the lager by which all lagers will be judged. The iconic green bottle is something even non-drinkers are familiar with. It is actually a good entry-point to beers as like most lagers, it does not have any complicated flavors for you to analyze. But unlike most lagers, it has more of that bitter taste to give it more taste. It is perfrectly carbonated and is so easy to drink especially when served ice-cold.
Sapporo definitely is one of those lagers that is pretty divisive. There are people who love it, those who hate it, and those who are just pretty ok with it. I think it’s the pretty neutral taste that you either like or hate. As said often, lagers is not really known for their rich flavor and Sapporo is no different. What separates this from other lagers is that it is it has a crispier taste and is not as fizzy. It is on the thinner side and will go down your throat pretty smoothly. Not much aftertaste and is actually very refreshing specially when ice cold.
This is the cousin of Mexican restaurant staple, Modelo. But instead of a light lager, you get a pretty sweet dark beer. It has this sweet and smoky flavor that is balanced by a bit of bitterness from its hops. It has no lager snap and it makes for better 2nd, 3rd, and more sips. It seems to actually taste better as you drink more. As with any other beer, it is best served cold but also with Mexican food.
This Czech republic staple is probably one of the best pilsner in the world. It is so rich in flavor that you forget that it’s only 4.4% ABV. You get a toasty bitterness that is balanced by its mildly spicy Saaz hops. It pours clean and the golden liquid gives a slight floral aroma. It is a light to medium bodied beer that has a dry finish, which flows smoothly in your throat. The simple summary is that this is a damn good beer.
The label “Number 1 Premium Italian Beer” is not just for show. Once opened, the aroma it gives you is that of a classic pilsner, that it actually reminds you of Pilsner Urquell. The bitterness from the slightly spicy hops supports that as well. But the similarities end there. There is something really distinct from the taste of Peroni. Cliché as it sounds, it has a taste that is definitely Italian. And It actually goes well with pasta dishes, which is strange as I don’t normally drink beer with Pasta. But for this beer, I do make an exception.
If you are ready to taste these beers you are in luck my friend, for a limited amount of time you can get tickets to the International Beer & Wine Tasting at this link http://internationalfest.org/beer-wine-tasting/.