1. Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland)
Average price for a pint:
$8.63 combined average ($11.44 in Norway, $8.29 in Sweden, $7.65 in Denmark, and $7.15 in Finland)
Most expensive cities:
Norway's Bergen, where a beer's closer to $12.57
Suds worth your kroner:
With four of the priciest drops on the list, Scandi's bars will bleed you dry. Spend wisely on high-ranked dark brews like Norway's Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout
, aged in scotch whiskey barrels and earning top marks with a 100; Sweden's 7.2% ABV Närke Black Golding Starkporter Baltic Porter
; and Finland's Plevnan Siperia Imperial Stout
, which the brewer bills as the "most bitter commercial beer brewed in Finland so far" with "a tar-like taste that combines toasted fruitiness". Mmm, delicious tar. If you're galavanting through Denmark, skip the Carlsberg and track down a Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel
, the high-scoring (100), high-ABV (10.9%) oatmeal coffee stout brewed in Copenhagen.
Dave Baldwin is Thrillist’s senior travel editor and once spent a long, sleepless night in the stairwell of a Spanish parking garage. Follow his exploits at @ThrillistTravel.