Craft beer is a term that originated in the US, and describes beers that have been created by small, independent brewers. These microbreweries have opened up all over the world, creating craft beers that easily rival the beverages produced by the larger brands. To help you to decide what to order the next time you are standing at a bar, take a look at OROGOLD’s picks of some of the best craft beers around the world.
Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter, North Carolina, US
Sierra Nevada was one of the original breweries that helped to establish the industry’s hop-loving craft beer fan base. The brewery embraces innovation, and their Hop Hunter IPA is a great example of this. This beverage is created with the help of steam-distilled hop oil, something that is made from freshly harvested hops. While certain deliciously herbal flavors could only be brewed in the few weeks after a hop harvest, this innovation makes it possible to create that same flavor year-round. Although it isn’t the first craft beer to make use of hop oil, it is one of the only ones that have made the oil one of the beer’s main flavor components, giving it a piney and citrusy taste that is delightfully drinkable.
Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel, Bavaria, Germany
This beer is one of the most highly regarded in the world, as it is brewed at the Kloster Andechs monastery, in Bavaria, Germany, by Benedictine monks. It is one that follows the same brewing traditions as they did all the way back in 1455, making it a craft beer that you should definitely make the effort to try. The brewing process follows Reinheitsgebot, which is the German beer purity law and limits the ingredients that are allowed to be used in each brew. The Andeschser Doppelbock Dunkel is created with just four ingredients; barley, hops, yeast and water, and was designed to be sipped slowly rather than rushed. Ruby colored when poured, OROGOLD loves how this beer leaves you with the aftertaste of quality, semi-sweet chocolate.
La Socarrada, Valencia, Spain
While Valencia, in eastern Spain, may not be known for its brewing traditions, this beer would easily prove any skeptics wrong. The region is famous for its rosemary honey, and this is infused into this beer’s unique amber malt blend. Conditioned in the bottle itself, OROGOLD loves how after just one sip, you can immediately taste honey and freshly picked rosemary, as well as apple, pear and black pepper. This is another beer that can easily be enjoyed slowly, as the flavors from each sip mingle on your taste buds for a good few minutes later.
Even the most seasoned beer drinker can sometimes find the choice of available craft beers quite overwhelming. Whether it’s the Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter, the Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel, or La Socarrada, keep an eye out for OROGOLD’s favorite craft beers the next time you head out for a couple of drinks.