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Top 5 Beer Countries

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by MeMyselfNAles7, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Belguim
    Germany
    USA
    England
    Canada

    Yours?
  2. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Savant (445) Illinois Mar 2, 2013

    USA
    USA
    Belgium
    USA
    England
  3. smcolw

    smcolw Advocate (675) Massachusetts Jan 16, 2004

    1. USA
    2. Great Britain
    3. Canada
    4. Belgium
    5. Germany
  4. anteater

    anteater Advocate (500) Oregon Sep 10, 2012

    1. USA
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. Canada
    5. UK
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  5. cavedave

    cavedave Champion (930) New York Mar 12, 2009

    Uh oh Great Britain and Germany are not 1 and 2 on the lists, and USA is actually number one so far. I smell trouble;)

    USA
    Belgium
    United Kingdom
    Germany
    Italy
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  6. Ragnarok88

    Ragnarok88 Initiate (0) Minnesota May 30, 2013

    1. United States
    2. Germany
    3. Belgium
    4. United Kingdom
    5. Czech Republic
  7. chocosushi

    chocosushi Savant (450) Oklahoma May 1, 2011

    USA
    Belgium
    Germany
    France
    UK
  8. jdklks

    jdklks Savant (365) Nevada Aug 9, 2007

    1. USA
    2. Belgium



    3. UK
    4. Italy

    5. Germany
  9. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Savant (440) Arizona Nov 14, 2010

    1. Belgium
    2. USA
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. Australia
  10. 1. USA
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. Japan
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  11. 1. US
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. US again
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  12. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (400) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    The
    United
    States
    Of
    America


    Don't get me wrong now, Belgium, Germany, and the UK are killer, but we're pretty damn amazing lol
  13. Belgium
    England
    Germany
    USA
    Czech Republic

    Honorable Mention: India (I hear their pale ales are fantastic)
  14. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Savant (400) Texas Dec 24, 2012

    Lmao!
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  15. 1. USA
    2. America
    3. The United States
    4. The land of the free
    5. The home of the brave.

    The only other country I've been to is Mexico where I drank a bunch of Dos Equis amber, and Sol. I like the imports we get from Germany and Belgium best, I could rank their beer but not really rank them as "beer countries" without going there, seeing the breweries, and checking out the beer scene.
  16. Stinger80OH

    Stinger80OH Advocate (640) Ohio Nov 11, 2011

    USA
    Germany
    Belgium
    UK
    Japan
  17. 1 USA
    1a Germany
    2 UK
    3 Belgium
    blah
  18. fredmugs

    fredmugs Champion (820) Indiana Aug 11, 2012

    USA
    Belgium
    Germany
    Canada
    UK
  19. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Savant (420) California Jan 9, 2013

    USA
    California
    Belgium
    Germany
    UK
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  20. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Tennessee Feb 6, 2012

    ISO BA Xenophobia
  21. This is tough, as I love so many brews from all over.

    1. Italy
    2. Japan
    3. USA
    4. Germany
    5. Norway
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  22. Usa
    Germany
    Belgium
    Netherlands
    Uk
  23. Roguer

    Roguer Champion (825) Connecticut Mar 25, 2013

    Germany
    Belgium
    USA
    .....
    .....

    I could put just about anything in the last 2 spots (Canada, UK, Czech). Nothing else, for me, comes close to my top three.
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  24. YogiBeer

    YogiBeer Savant (485) Illinois May 10, 2012

    The only five that make good beer that I have access to?
  25. Kinsman

    Kinsman Advocate (555) California Aug 26, 2009

    Seems like 4 out of 5 are pretty much agreed upon:
    USA
    UK
    Germany
    Belgium
    You really couldn't put these in any meaningful order since all four produce pretty distinct beer styles, but the consensus is there. Number 5 has a little more room for debate...
    Czech Republic? Who doesn't love a good Czech Pils? Well, it's is a lager so I guess most BA's hate them, but the world of beer would be a whole lot different without the pils.
    Netherlands? One trappist brewery and growing craft scene plus everyones favorite... Heineken!
    Italy? Denmark? Norway? Canada? So many others I could list as well. All seem to have a burgeoning craft scene but only time will tell who stands above the rest.
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  26. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Savant (450) Minnesota Aug 21, 2005


    Mine mirror yours. But I provide no ranking of the five.
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  27. Belgium
    USA
    Germany
    England
    Canada

    One day we'll have the distribution in Canada to impress the masses (ie - all you Americans)....hopefully.
  28. Canada
    Germany
    USA
    UK
    The rest of the World
  29. I think there are going to be a lot of similar answers in this thread.

    USA
    Belgium
    Germany
    England
    Last one can go to multiple countries.
  30. Parrotshake

    Parrotshake Savant (345) Australia Nov 29, 2008

    Chad
    Albania
    Qatar
    St Kitts & Nevis
    Suriname

    Honorable mentions to Belgium, USA, Germany, Norway and New Zealand.
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  31. Belgium – 1057 – I live there
    USA – 284 – I like to seek out American stuff & people like bringing it to tastings because of high reputation
    Netherlands – 165 – next to Belgium
    Denmark – 154 – mainly because of Mikkeller & some other gypsies etc.
    England – 108 – not too far away & did a beer trip there once

    Italy is interestingly enough nr. 6 – almost exclusively due to CML having a lot of Italian craft on tap & their Italian beer festival
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  32. If most of a country's good beer is made outside of said country, can it be considered a good beer maker?
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  33. beerindex

    beerindex Savant (295) Missouri Jun 18, 2007


    Like you (but seemingly unlike most people here), I took this to be a question about consumption rather than the esteem in which we hold countries. So my top 5:

    USA - 1387
    Belgium - 156
    UK - 49
    Denmark - 37
    Canada and Germany - 21 each

    These five (well, technically six) countries account for just over 96% of the beer I have had to date.
  34. It is more about availability - the gypsies have much better distribution. there are good Danish breweries. I do prefer the gypsies.
  35. My top 5:

    1. USA
    2. Belgium
    3. Denmark
    4. Germany
    5. England

    Honorable mention goes to the Netherlands for De Molen.
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  36. USA
    Belgium

    That ends my list. I know Germay is a renowned beer country but I find myself rarely drinking (and even more rarely enjoying) German beers.
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  37. tone77

    tone77 Advocate (570) Pennsylvania May 20, 2009

    Belgium
    Germany
    USA
    England
    Canada
  38. Not having visited all the major beer countries I'm not qualified to judge relative merits.I've a feeling that some replies to the thread have been made by posters who have never left the US. I notice that the Czech Republic gets scant regard perhaps for this reason.
    Top for what though? General availability of craft beer wherever you go?Are we comparing like for like? Take two countries on most lists, the UK and the USA. UK has a craft brewery for each 85 square miles and 55000 people.The US has one per 1600 square miles and 115000 people.US craft beer is generally bottled, canned or kegged whereas UK craft beer is mostly (83%) on cask. Against the greater availability has to be set the greater style variety in the US.It's a bit like comparing cats with dogs, it all depends upon what you want.Moving the scene to Germany and Belgium, totally different scenarios again.Different strengths and weaknesses.So "best" depends on personal preference.
    Then there are countries less well known for their craft brewing , in which there are a few outstanding breweries.But not enough I would say to put them in the top league.
    My guess would be , in alphabetical order,
    Belgium
    Czech Republic
    Germany
    UK
    USA
    Unfortunately I know too little about Canadian brewing to assess it. My cousin in Vancouver speaks well of the local scene though he's the first to admit it pales with what we have here and he loves coming home.
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  39. patto1ro

    patto1ro Advocate (500) Netherlands Apr 26, 2004

    1. Germany
    2. Czech Republic
    3. Austria
    4. New Zealand
    5. The Netherlands
  40. Where did you find these stats?

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