We live in a wonderful time of international relations… in the beer aisle. We've got beer from all over the world at our disposal, ranging in style from fizzy yellow lagers to complex stouts, sours, and beyond. It's amazing. But also a little bit intimidating -- and a lot confusing.
In order to demystify the beer aisle, we've pieced together guides to basically all the beer styles you're likely to encounter, based on their countries of origin. Below, you'll find everything you need to know about every beer that matters, from what it is to what to eat with it.
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Brewing everything from Pilsners to Oktoberfests and goses, Germany and the Czech Republic churn out the kinds of beers best enjoyed in gigantic steins, beers steeped in years of tradition and strict rules. They're also some of the most respected beers in the world. Find out all about das beer right here.
England and Ireland
Contrary to our constant punchlines, it's not all warm pints and footie across the pond. From the original IPA to browns and stouts, these beers helped lay the blueprints for more aggressive American craft. Everything you need to know about 'em is right here.
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Zach Mack is Thrillist's contributing beer writer, the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co. in NYC, a newly minted Certified Cicerone, and nothing else. Follow him @zmack.