I’ve done a lot of travelling in the past few years and I made an effort to seek out fine craft beer establishments wherever I went. I was reminiscing with a friend the other day and I thought I might as well post a list of my favourite European craft beer drinking establishments. Keep in mind that this is not an all encompassing list, but a list of places I visited and liked. That being said, I truly believe these are the cream of the crop and that any beer enthusiast should seek them out.
Mikkeller – Copenhagen, Denmark
The impressive and cosy bar of the Danish craft beer geniuses. What impresses me most about Mikkeller is their creativity and range. They also server American and other European craft beers in their bar.
‘t Arendsnest – Amsterdam, Netherlands
You could argue there are better beer bars in Amsterdam, but this is this only one that serves only Dutch craft beer. The bar itself is a beautiful wood paneled brown cafe located right on a ridiculously pretty canal.
Delirium Cafe – Brussels, Belgium
It’s grungy, smokey, crowded and you’ll never want to leave. The quintessential Brussels beer bar is famous for it’s massive beer list featuring almost every Belgian beer available. The staff are super knowledgeable and also rude. I remember being scared to order, but it’s worth it in the end.
‘t Brugs Beertje – Bruges, Belgium
The classic Bruges brown cafe. I highly recommend watching In Bruges then heading to this place for a gay beer or seven. It might not be the best beer bar in Bruges, but it’s the classic and a must visit.
Akkurat – Stockholm, Sweden
Surely the best beer bar in Sweden, featuring craft beer from around the world and from Sweden’s burgeoning craft beer scene.
Bir & Fud – Rome, Italy
Serving only Italian craft beer, this place is in the hip Trastavere neighbourhood of Rome. I didn’t know Italy had a craft beer scene until I visited this place, turns out craft is taking off in Italy.
Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fà – Rome, Italy
Across the street from Bir & Fud, this place takes care of the rest of the world and serves top notch stuff from Northern Europe and America.
Craft – London, UK
Can you believe I lived just over a mile away from this place and I only went there twice? I should be punished. Founded in the summer of 2011, this place immediately became the top beer bar in London. They have the very best from all over the world; tons of Mikkeller, English and American stuff.
Brewdog – London, UK
The punks at Brewdog are on a pub opening tear in the UK. The London joint opened in December and has been packed since. Features tons of Brewdog one-off stuff, as well as quality craft from around the world.
Oktoberfest – Munich, Germany
Okay, not a pub, but an essential and amazing experience. I found most German beer halls to be very similar, so why not enjoy them at their grandest scale. I went twice and I’d go again at the drop of a hat. Check out my experience.
I went to a lot of fantastic pubs in Europe, but these are the standouts from a beer perspective. Let me know if you think there’s somewhere else I need to go, I only need an excuse…