A while back the BBC posted a feature titled “50 things to eat before you die” and I thought at the time that this would make a good topic for beer. So in the spirit of adventure and living life to the fullest, etc. etc., I’m coming up with the 50 beers to drink before you die, in ten weekly installments listing five beers each (in no particular order, other than whatever theme I fit them into).
We’re closing in on the end here. This week I wanted to get away from the Western European-North American centrism that dominates beer, and explore a few from around the world. So this week’s theme is “Around the World.”
Japanese beers in general tend toward the lighter, rice-or-other adjunct lager styles, and Sapporo is a good and accessible example. Be that as it may, though, I’ll be brutally honest: you won’t be impressed with this beer if you’re used to the craft beer scene. But, as the title of this series indicates, it’s certainly one you should drink at least once, and it’s a good bellwether of what beer is doing in Japan.
BeerAdvocate score: 74/100, 37% approval.
Sheaf Stout (Australia)
And, something about this beer says “Outback” to me, and seems a better embodiment of Australia than all of those lager offerings.
BeerAdvocate score: 84/100, 92% approval.
Flying Horse Royal Lager (India)
BeerAdvocate score: 76/100, 64% approval.
Some of the reviews out there indicate that this would be an excellent accompaniment to Thai cuisine—so if you can find it at your local Thai restaurant, give it a shot.
BeerAdvocate score: 74/100, 52% approval.
Baltika Porter (Russia)
Baltika Porter has an ebony colour; an alcohol content of 7.0, from an original gravity of 1068; and a woody aroma, with oily, creamy, fudgy, toffeeish, juicy, flavours. It is soft and lightly dry. This beer, too, contains crystal, and some carbonised malt.
BeerAdvocate score: 84/100, 94% approval.