Beer is global. If you go anywhere on holiday, you’re more than likely, at some point, to order the local beer.
In many places, the word “beer’ is internationally recognised, even if you’re mangling the local language when asking for it. It’s the brew itself that crosses cultural boundaries – because travel broadens the mind, but not as much as beer!
What if though, you didn’t have to wait until you were taking a break abroad to taste great beer from around the world? What if you could easily order different beers from different countries and continents for people to enjoy here in the UK?
In association with the intrepid folk at Beer Hunter, we’re giving you the opportunity to give you and your customers a unique experience: Our ‘Around the World Mixed Cases’ provide the perfect opportunity to try these great beers from all over the globe. Available in a case of either 8, 10, 12 or 15, these fabulous brews will enable you to travel the world from the comfort of your own armchair, and try something new in the process.
So, take a look at just some of the lovely bottled ales available in these exclusive mixed cases, then let us know which is your favourite.
Cervazo Quilmes, Argentina
With around a 75% domestic market share, Quilmes can probably claim to be the national beer of Argentina, though its origins are, in part, German.
Otto Bemberg, a German immigrant to Argentina, founded the brewery in Quilmes, a Buenos Aires province in 1888.
Nowadays, as the big name in Argentinian beer, Quilmes sponsors the national football team, and its label colours are the same as the team’s: pale blue and white.
Did you know that, over the course of 19 years, Tito Ingenieri, a resident of Quilmes, built an entire house out of empty Quilmes beer bottles, using six million of them in its construction – which is a novel, if possibly obsessive, way of recycling your empties.
BrewDog Dead Pony, UK
Very much painting themselves as the bad boys of craft brewing, the Scottish BrewDog company likes to come across as a bit edgy – it once produced an ale at 55% alcohol by volume, and one of its key brews is Punk IPA.
Set aside the whiff of controversy however, and what you can taste is some damn fine beer.
Dead Pony is a pale ale, brewed with an immense quantity of hops to give it a wonderfully citrus aroma.
In keeping with the international theme of our offer, this Scottish beer evokes nothing less than the US west coast of surf and spray. It’s a pale ale very much in the American craft brewing tradition.
It’s wild, modern Scotland with more than a hint of California.
Flensburger Pils, Germany
Hailing from the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Flensburger brewery is one of the last German nationwide breweries not to be part of a larger chain. It is still mainly in the hand of two of its five founding families, and dates from 1888.
Flensburger Pils is a North German variant of pilsner, originally brewed in Bohemia, in the Austrian Empire (now the modern day Czech Republic).
The brewery still operates its own water well, which uses underground water formed in the ice age. Unsurprisingly then, the emphasis here is on natural purity, and a slightly bitter beer with a mild, hoppy flavour.
The beer, locally known as “Flens” is strongly identified with the local region, but natural clean taste should appeal to a wide range of palettes.
Flying Dog Easy IPA, USA
As more and more people are realising, much to their satisfaction, the US is currently a hotbed of craft brewing activity.
Flying Dog is a craft brewery based in Maryland and established in 1990. In fact, it’s the largest brewery in Maryland, and demand for its products got so much that it opened a second brewery in Denver, Colorado.
Known as a session beer – because of its drinkability – Flying Dog’s Easy IPA does indeed go down easily, with its combination of rich citrus and apricot, finished off with a malty flourish.
It’s not too heavy a beer, but it’s certainly packed full of flavour.
Yeastie Boys Bigmouth, New Zealand
The Yeastie Boys brewery is in Wellington, New Zealand, but distance is no object when it comes to great beer.
Bigmouth is another session IPA, carrying hints of tropical fruit and a mouthful of hops – imagine alcohol-infused Weetabix with lemon and grapefruit – that’s both refreshing and deeply satisfying.
The hops are from Nelson, New Zealand, but you could just as easily enjoy their flavour in Nelson, Lancashire. That’s the beauty of beer when its gone international.
Bigmouth is a versatile beer for all occasions.
Hitachino Nest White Ale, Japan
The nest owl on the Hitachino logo identifies it with the Japanese village of Kounosu, where the beer is brewed.
Kounosu means “nest” in Japanese. Neat. The Kiuchi brewery in Kounosu was established as far back as 1823 but was modernised in the 1950s, competing with the flourishing sake industry.
Hitachino Nest White Ale dates from 1996 and has gone on to gain international recognition.
This bottom-fermented white ale is a pale, golden colour and it’s brewed much like a traditional Belgian white beer. It has flavours of coriander, nutmeg and orange. While its aroma is complex, its taste is utterly refreshing.
Inedit Damm, Spain
In 2008, James Clay, head chef at elBulli, on the Costa Brava, got together with the Estrella brewery to come up with a beer that would perfectly complement the kind of modern gastronomy he champions.
The result is Inedit Damm, a beer made for haute cuisine, fine dining, and fine drinking.
The concept was for a beer that would exude quality but be versatile enough to accompany a whole range of food, from complex dishes to hearty dinners.
The recommendation is to serve it chilled in a wine glass, accompanying some great food, where the sweet spicy flavours of Inedit Damm will really come into their own.
Italy’s oldest brewery, dating from 1846, is at Biella, in the foothills of the Italia Alps. This is where Menebrae comes from, and it’s still brewed today with the same ingredients, and care.
Menebrae tastes light and refreshing, with a subtle, freshly cut-grass aroma and a well-balanced finish.
As a pale lager beer, it’s relatively uncomplicated, but perfectly quaffable, and the perfect accompaniment to Italian food.
More Beer Choice
Thanks to our full range of mixed case beers, available through the Beer Hunter website, you can metaphorically tour the globe and try out a whole world of different flavours and tastes. With our mixed cases of bottled ales from the US, Europe or right here in the UK, there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Get In Touch
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