Top 5 Beer Countries

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

  1. MeMyselfNAles7

    MeMyselfNAles7 Nov 13, 2009 Puerto Rico

    Belguim
    Germany
    USA
    England
    Canada

    Yours?
     
  2. GuzzLah

    GuzzLah Mar 2, 2013 Illinois

    USA
    USA
    Belgium
    USA
    England
     
  3. smcolw

    smcolw Jan 16, 2004 Massachusetts

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

    anteater Sep 10, 2012 Oregon
    Beer Trader

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

    cavedave Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Beer Trader

    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 May 30, 2013 Minnesota

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

    chocosushi May 1, 2011 Oklahoma

    USA
    Belgium
    Germany
    France
    UK
     
  8. jdklks

    jdklks Aug 9, 2007 Maryland

    1. USA
    2. Belgium



    3. UK
    4. Italy

    5. Germany
     
  9. Geuzedad

    Geuzedad Nov 14, 2010 Arizona
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    1. Belgium
    2. USA
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. Australia
     
  10. notchucknorris

    notchucknorris May 28, 2010 California
    Beer Trader

    1. USA
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. Japan
     
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  11. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    1. US
    2. Belgium
    3. Germany
    4. UK
    5. US again
     
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  12. Cvescalante

    Cvescalante Dec 24, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    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. Quantum_Dong

    Quantum_Dong Apr 18, 2013 Wisconsin

    Belgium
    England
    Germany
    USA
    Czech Republic

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

    Cvescalante Dec 24, 2012 Texas
    Beer Trader

    Lmao!
     
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  15. Frankinstiener

    Frankinstiener Jul 28, 2009 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    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 Nov 11, 2011 Ohio
    Beer Trader

    USA
    Germany
    Belgium
    UK
    Japan
     
  17. beastmammoth

    beastmammoth Oct 16, 2010 New York

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

    fredmugs Aug 11, 2012 Indiana
    Beer Trader

    USA
    Belgium
    Germany
    Canada
    UK
     
  19. CoolEthan

    CoolEthan Jan 9, 2013 California

    USA
    California
    Belgium
    Germany
    UK
     
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  20. TNGabe

    TNGabe Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    ISO BA Xenophobia
     
  21. Giovannilucano

    Giovannilucano Feb 24, 2011 Wyoming

    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. BigCheese

    BigCheese Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Usa
    Germany
    Belgium
    Netherlands
    Uk
     
  23. Roguer

    Roguer Mar 25, 2013 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    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 May 10, 2012 Illinois

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

    Kinsman Aug 26, 2009 California

    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 Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota


    Mine mirror yours. But I provide no ranking of the five.
     
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  27. KeKeKumba

    KeKeKumba May 5, 2011 Ontario (Canada)

    Belgium
    USA
    Germany
    England
    Canada

    One day we'll have the distribution in Canada to impress the masses (ie - all you Americans)....hopefully.
     
  28. LampertLand

    LampertLand Nov 2, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Canada
    Germany
    USA
    UK
    The rest of the World
     
  29. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Mar 18, 2010 California

    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 Nov 29, 2008 Australia

    Chad
    Albania
    Qatar
    St Kitts & Nevis
    Suriname

    Honorable mentions to Belgium, USA, Germany, Norway and New Zealand.
     
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  31. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    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. PaulQuinn

    PaulQuinn May 27, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    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 Jun 18, 2007 Michigan
    Beer Trader


    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. 77black_ships

    77black_ships Dec 4, 2012 Belgium

    It is more about availability - the gypsies have much better distribution. there are good Danish breweries. I do prefer the gypsies.
     
  35. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    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. zac16125

    zac16125 Jan 26, 2010 South Carolina
    Beer Trader

    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 May 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Belgium
    Germany
    USA
    England
    Canada
     
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  38. marquis

    marquis Nov 20, 2005 United Kingdom (England)

    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 Apr 26, 2004 Netherlands
    Subscriber

    1. Germany
    2. Czech Republic
    3. Austria
    4. New Zealand
    5. The Netherlands
     
  40. WYVYRN527

    WYVYRN527 Jan 8, 2007 Minnesota

    Where did you find these stats?
     
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