We get a round in at dedicated "craft beer" bars in Bruges, Paris, Salzburg and elsewhere.
5 Bars for craft beer
In contrast to the traditional beer hall, this recently opened bar and shop has a youthful, feminine look. Its regularly changing selection of 300 beers from 10 countries includes flavours like mango and passionfruit, and there’s a small terrace for alfresco sipping.
18 RUE DU POT DE FER, TEL: +33 (0)1 4336 5392, WWW.BREWBERRY.FR
LURAGO MARINONE, NEAR LAKE COMO, ITALY
Craft beers are growing in popularity in Italy, and this microbrewery houses a bar, restaurant and beer garden. Try traditional-style lagers brewed on site, like the caramely Prima and intense Tipopils. Groups will want the 10-seat table with its own self-service tap.
51 VIA CASTELLO, TEL: +39 031 895450, WWW.BIRRIFICIO.IT
MASON & TAYLOR
This brilliant craft beer and real ale bar sources beers from independents around the world, with a focus on London microbreweries. Choose from 12 draught beers and 40 bottles, and try the taster flights with 1/3 pint glasses.
51–55 BETHNAL GREEN ROAD, TEL: +44 (0)20 7749 9670, WWW.MASONANDTAYLOR.CO.UK
Boasting an enormous beer garden, this is Austria’s largest pub. Its on-site brewery was founded by monks in 1621, and the preservative-free beer – brewed to historic purity laws – is drawn from wooden barrels on a self- service basis and drunk in rustic stone mugs.
7 LINDHOFSTRASSE, TEL: +43 (0)662 431246, WWW.AUGUSTINERBIER.AT
’T BRUGS BEERTJE
The name translates as “Bruges’ little bear” (the city’s emblem), and this long-established favourite is housed in a 17th-century building decorated with beer paraphernalia. Choose from 300 of the best Belgian craft beers, including Brugse Zot from the local De Halve Maan brewery.
5 KEMELSTRAAT, TEL: +32 (0)50 339616, WWW.BRUGSBEERTJE.BE
The Drinkers’ Column
BEER LESSONS AND ECO-BREWING
This top-notch beer school runs fun, informative courses and events across the UK – for everyone from nerds to novices. Try Unexpected Lagers (27 September), a 90-minute tasting with canapés in Parsons Green, London.
TEL: +44 (0)20 7290 6087, WWW.BEERACADEMY.CO.UK
DAAS CRAFT BEER
This premium Belgian brand off ers three organic and vegan- friendly beers produced using techniques dating back 900 years. The brewery, which is aiming to become carbon- neutral, makes Ambré (fragrant with mellow caramel flavours);
Blond (aromas of honey and spice) and Witte (cloudy with a fruity aroma). They are all top-fermented and bottle conditioned, ensuring a superior flavour and a longer shelf life.