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A Hearty Prost to Beer Culture

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Our tastebuds are tingling for world-class brews and our curiosity is intrigued by the many interesting beer experiences offered around the globe.

Bringing Canadians Together

Beer has been a major part of our country's cultural fabric for many generations and around the world we all share a similar pride in the quality of our nation's beer.

Beer Culture is a World Treasure

UNESCO has labelled the beer culture of one country as an intangable cultural heritage of humanity due to it's intrinsic role in everyday life. Can you guess which country? The answer is...Belgium!

Belgium should be at the top of every beer enthusiasts list. Undisputed beer capital of the world, Belgium beer culture is officially a world treasure!

Belgium Beer Experiences

The combination of a beer tradition stretching back over centuries and the passion displayed by today's brewers in their search for the perfect beer have made Belgium the home of exceptional beers, unique in character and produced on the basis of an innovative knowledge of brewing...

Trappist Beer

Brewed only by six monasteries around the country, Trappist beers are very traditional. In fact, in order to be labelled a Trappist brewery, it must be completely not-for-profit, and all money earned should go back into the monastery. Read more...

Beer Project

Brussels Beer Project wants to wake Belgian beer up, dust it and get it out of the middle ages. Find out how their continuous creation allows them to brew 40 different beers each year. Learn more...

Germany is a beer country - and that's a fact!  The over 500-year old law in Germany says that only hops, barley, yeast, and water can be used to brew their nations beers.  German brewers have managed to create over 5,500 brands of beer, and that number is growing.  No other European country produces more beer than Germany, producing 4.9% of global beer.  

Some of The Best Beer Halls and Beer Gardens

In Munich and Bavaria beer is an important part of life.  Housing some of the country's best beers and breweries, the city is also understandably home ot some of the best beer halls and beer gardens...

Octoberfest 2021 is Going to be the Best One Ever!

An abundance of sausages, baked pretzels, and punchy sauerkraut paired with flowing pints of beer will bring us all together once again next year to celebrate the most famous event in Germany. With the freedom to visit Germany soon, Octoberfest can be enjoyed once again, as it has been since 1810. During the 16 day festival it's typical for large quantities of beer to be consumed, almost 7 million litres served.  The beer served at Octoberfest can only come from six old traditional and Munich based breweries (the so called "Big-Six"). To help you start preparing, check out Bavarian for Beginners...

Munich: Puting the Style Into Lifestyle

The famous town hall glockenspiel is as much as a part of the city's identity as the Hofbrauhaus beer hall or the iconic Church of Our Lady...

Cologne, Land of Kolsch

This video introduces us to Tim, the Beer Pilgrim, who explored the traditional drink of Cologne - the Kolsch beer. There are few places on earth where locals are more proud of their local beer style than Cologners are about their Kolsch.  So proud in fact that they have actually protected it by law!  To visit Cologne and experience this local beer style is something every beer lover has to do at least once in their life... 

The Czechs drink more beer per capita than any other nation in the world, making them "beer champs by consumption." 

Continuous Brew For 500 Years

Czech Republic is home to a long brewing history. If you want to see the world's oldest brew pub, Prague's U Fleku restaurant is the place to be. It has a reputation of a first-class beer hall built over five centuries of continual brewing.  Visit the famous cultural site...

Czechs are Beer Obsessed  

Home to one of the world's most well known beers, as well as to lovers of ale, IPA and everything in between, the Czech Republic has a bonified beer obsession.  We travelled to Plzen and beyond to learn just how deep the brewing love runs, and what's new from the land of  beer drinkers...

Where To Go For Beer In Prague

There are about 35 breweries adorning the beer map of Prague these days.  Some have roots stretching far back into history, others were established only quite recently.  Alongside the mainstays of the Prague beer scene, a growing number of establishments are serving their own beer brewed on the premises...

Italy has a passion for brewed beer.  Much like their historically popular wine culture, Itallian brewers typically use high quality and local ingredients in their beers.  All are carefully crafted, unique blends.  

Refreshing Peroni

The story behind Italy's iconic beer is no suprise. The light, crisp world-renowned beer comes from a region where the surrounding mountains offer an abundance of ice and glacial water, the perfect ingredient for creating a clean, refreshing brew...

Craft Beer is Trending in Italy

Perhaps in response to the Italian wine world's heavily governed production laws, more recently, artisans have found creative freedom via beer.  Five bottles to know...

Italian Craft Beer Tasting

Craft beer lovers, this one's for you! Italy has seen an explosion of craft brewers over the last decade, making getting behind the scenes a popular activity for travellers. When travel resumes, you may want to include a visit to a few craft beer locales to your travel experience if you have free time to fill while in Italy. Imagine the explosion of undertones as brewers experiment with local specialties such as chestnuts, saffron, peppercorns, flowers, ancient grains, wild honey and seasonal fruit..

The fertile soil, soft rain, and cool breeze in Ireland make it the ideal spot for producing barley, one of beers main ingredients.  Ireland is full of rich history, diverse culture, and most importantly, good beer!

10 Irish Craft Beers to Try

If there's one thing the Irish do well, it's brewing a good pint.  While Guinness and Beamish remain big names within the brewing industry, there is a large increase in the number of independent craft breweries in Ireland.  What's more, these breweries are bringing unique flavours and personalities to the market. Here is a list of 10 Irish craft beers that every beer connosseur should try in the north and south of the country..

Guinness Remains the Reigning Emblem of Irish Beer

Join the Guinness Storehouse to experience the history, heart, and soul of Ireland's most iconic beer.  Find out exactly what it takes to make the worlds most iconic stout.  From the famous strain of yeast to the passion shared by all their brewers, watch as they go to extraordinary lengths to bring you the world's number one stout...

Explore the Guinness Legacy Across Dublin City

Wondering what to do in Dublin? There's no better place to shart your Dublin adventure than the Guinness Storehouse.  Located in the heart of St. James Gate Brewery, it's the perfect introduction to the rich history of the city - a history that's deeply intertwined with Guinness...

Iconic Temple Bar

Most visitors to Dublin inevitably find their way to Temple Bar - the most popular area of the city, and a great place to soak up local beer culture and some live music.  Find out the ultimate 5 best bars in Temple Bar, Dublin's "cultural quarter."  With its old cobblestones, bukers lining the streets, bars serving Guinness left, right, and centre, it only seems fitting that a trip to Dublin includes a visit to this area...

Few countries consume beer like Japan. It's the most consumed alcohol in the nation, and plays a central role in the country's culture.  The beer market features a mix of established brewers who have been making the beverage for more than a century, with Asahi, Kirin, Suntory and Sapporo dominating the market.  But over recent years, regional craft beers have become highly popular and smaller microbreweries are now scattered all over the archipelago.  

Japan's Craft Beer Scene

The secret is long since out: Japan's craft beer scene is a vibrant place, filled with innovative brewers creating new and interesting beers alongside masterful examples of traditional styles...

Japanese Beer Guide

Japan National Tourism Organization has put together this guide on beer in Japan.  From the beginnings of brewing to the craft beer boom...

Japanese Craft Beer in Tokyo

At Tokyo's craft beer breweries, you'll find not only homegrown craft beer, but also international lagers, ales, stouts, and more.  Craft Beer Market and Spring Valley Brewery are two gastropubs offering great beer and food pairing experiences... | Planning a visit to Tokyo?  Start by visiting our Destination Japan webpage or simply add Japan to your wish list here and let us help with the planning...

With 1,000 breweries and 7,000 domestically produced brands, Canada's beer footprint is significant.  More than eight out of every 10 bottles of beer sold in Canada is made in Canada, and the beer economy supports 149,000 Canadian jobs and contributes 13.6 billion dollars annually to our national GDP.  That's also a reason to raise our glass in celebration of Canada's world-class beer scene, and Canadian Beer Day, which took place this month.  Started in 2019, Canadian Beer Day takes place every year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving!  As Canadians, this gives us an opportunity to recognize those contributions to the beer industry, support domestically produced beer, and carry forward the spirit of community and togetherness that beer represents to the 10 million Canadians who enjoy it.   

I Am Canadian

Over two decades ago the almost wholly Canadian-owned Molson Brewery at the time released a memorable video called The Rant which won the Gold Quill advertising industry award in 2001. It was unfortunate that this "I Am Canadian" campaign ended after the merger of Molson's and Coors.  The Rant playfully skews the cliches of our nationhood, it's time to feel super patriotic...

Steam Whistle

Brewed using the purest spring water, select Canadian malt, and European hops. Learn more about a pilsner that beer lovers across the country can be proud of with this great video, Steam Whistle... | And consider a private or a socially distanced tour of the brewery...

Ale Tales: Craft Breweries in Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador has seen a culinary renaissance in recent years, and that spirit of creativity and passion has spilled over into the local craft brewery scene. If you are going to explore the shores and want to satisfy that thirst for creativity and craft beer, then check out these stops along the craft beer trail...

Birthplace of Canada's Craft Beer Industry

British Columbia is the birthplace of Canada's craft beer industry, and Vancouver is a fantastic place to explore the scene...

World Beer Production Depends on Canadian Farmers

Canada is one of the world's largest producers and suppliers of malting barley and most of that comes from Alberta and Saskatchewan.  Canada's malting barley growers just received good news as the recent and concerning decline in beer purchases has now bounced back... 

Craft Scene Supports Cause

Canadian breweries announced participation in Black is Beautiful campaign, releasing their version of an international collaborative beer and campaign launched by Weathered Souls Brewing.  Raising awareness for the injustices that people of colour face daily...

A Few More Facts and Funnies on Beer

The World's beer scene is so ancient and extensive and with so much more to discover as social behaviours change.  In a world-for-the-time-being that is characterized by a contactless culture, we may see a shift of trends related to beer culture as people adapt to current times and adapt to change and innovation. But the fact remains, our beloved brew is here to stay!  

Beer In The Ancient World

The first beer in the world was brewed in ancient China around the year 7000 BCE and since has evolved...

The Very Interesting History of Beer

Beer has been around since ancient times and is the oldest known form of alcohol. It has contributed an undeniable impact on society and the world economy.  Learn about the very interesting and fascination history of beer with this video...

Beer Might Be Good For Your Bones

While researchers are not recommending gulping beer to meet your bone strengthening intake needs, their study does add to others on the potential health benefits of ths cold, refreshing beverage...

About Food Pairing

The Beer Store offers some interesting articles on food pairing worth checking out, from unexpected pairings, to cheese, and even brunch...

Just for Fun, A Viral Funny

This 93-year-old woman said she was running low on beer during self-isolation and Coors delivered 150 beers to her...

No Booze Doesn't Have to Mean No Taste

Non alchoholic beer: It's not just hop-flavoured water anymore!  With increased expansion in the awareness sector, particularly in the beverage space, booze-free beer has also proliferated...

Explore Beers At Home

Check out these 6 ways to explore new beers at home during self-isolation according to Food and Wine.  Drinking beer is usually a social activity, so craft beer aficionados in self-isolation may want to consider how they drink..

LCBO Virtual Craft Beer Tasting

Learn to expertly taste some Ontario craft brews as co-host Lexi Pham, Beer Sommelier, and Ren Navarro host a virtual beer tasting...

Hopefully you were able to discover a great beer, pub, beer garden, or brewery beckoning for your next journey abroad! And if you're craving a cold one, the beer store has you covered! All of our questions answered, from locations, to buying beer online, to satisfying your craving with over 800 beers to choose from all around the world!

Here's to good times and good cheer, and being back together on our travels next year.  Prost!

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