Nothing signals holiday quite like an ice cold beer in the sunshine. So sit down, grab a stein and we‘ll take you on a beer tour of Europe to discover some of the most popular brews on the continent.
Greece – Mythos
A relative newbie given it’s only been around since 1997, but now very popular across Greece. A refreshing sweet pale 4.7% lager that’s an easy drinker, so perfect for that first ice cold beer of the day in the blazing Greek sunshine.
Portugal – Super Bock
Popular around the world, Super Bock, a pale golden lager, became market leader in Portugal in 1992 and it’s a strong one at 5.6%. Why not find out more by visiting the Super Bock Beer House in Porto?
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Spain – Mahou
When it comes to beer in Spain it can depend on which area you’re in as to which brand you’ll likely see on the pumps. Cruzcampo is popular in the South, Estrella in the North, but we’ve opted to focus on Mahou which comes from brewing company Mahou-San Miguel, the leading brand in Spain. There are a few varieties with Mahou Cinco Estrellas being the main, a golden yellow beer of 5.5%.
France – Kronenbourg 1664
A delicately bitter 5% ABV pale lager, Kronenbourg 1664 was first brewed in 1952 and is now the world number one when it comes to premium French beer. Named after the location of the brewery in 1850, Brasseries Kronenbourg is now owned by the Carlsberg Group.
Italy – Peroni
Sometimes known as Peroni Red, this 4.7% pale lager originates from Rome and is Italy’s best selling beer. Not to be confused with Nastro Azzurro that you find in the UK, this is the Peroni brewery’s premium brand with a stronger 5.1% ABV.
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Holland – Heineken
This 5% pale lager beer is brewed in Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands and originates from Gerard Heineken’s micro-brewery in 1873. Now the red star on green bottle is internationally recognisable and you can find out lots more on an interactive tour of their first built brewery in Amsterdam.
Germany – Krombacher
Krombacher was Germany’s best selling beer until it was superseded by Oettinger in 2004, but this is rarely found in the pubs and bars of Germany being mainly sold cheaply in supermarkets.This means Krombacher is considered the number one premium beer and you can find out more by visiting their state-of-the-art visitor centre in the Siegerland Countryside.
What’s you’re holiday beer of choice? Tell us your favourite in the comments below.