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WORLD BEERS A-Z

Oops, proof that I've spent a teensy bit on beer... a selection of labels I've picked up from around the world.

Gluten-free beers: As a Coeliac I'm actually allergic to virtually all these drinks. Oops. But gluten-free beers are gaining popularity, and just as important, they're tasting better! See the bottom of this page for a selection.

 

Andorra

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Not sure where in Andorra the Boris beer is brewed but it's Andorran for sure. The rest are brewed by the Arinsal-based Alpha Brewery.
Below, Dama Blanca isn't quite Andorran as it's brewed in Tarragona in Spain but the label says some of its ingredients are Andorran. And you can buy La Birreria's beers from its shop in Andorra la Vella's old town.

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Antigua

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Argentina

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Bahrain

There's a few bars in Bahrain, with Ethiopian barmaids serving European beers such as Heineken.

 

Barbados

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Belarus

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Belgium

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Six monasteries in Belgium produce Trappist beers: Westmalle, Chimay, Orval, Achel, Rochefort and Westvleteren. In addition there's two Trappist breweries in Netherands, one in Italy, one in USA and one in Austria.

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Mongozo Pilsener and Daas are gluten-free beers. Daas Ambre is excellent.

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Belgian/Dutch enclave - Baarle

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Baarle's beer is brewed in the Belgian enclave rather than the Dutch. But of course! The brewery is De Dochter van de Korenaar on Pastoor de Katerstraat.

 

Belize

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Benin

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Bolivia

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Huari; Potosina

 

Bosnia

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An unfiltered Sarajevsko beer from Pivnica HS, a beer hall right next door to the Sarajevskaya brewery in Sarajevo

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Erster is brewed in the north at Tuzla, BiH, while Mostarsko is from - you guessed it - Mostar

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Jelen is a Serbian beer but is also sold in Republica Srpska

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Hercegovina has plenty of grape fields and makes several wines, some of which are pretty good. This white wine from Mostar, however, was rank

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Brazil

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Burkina Faso

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Castel is ubiquitous in French West Africa.

 

Cambodia

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Cameroon

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China

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China - Hong Kong

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There's now a couple of craft breweries in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Beer Co as well as the Typhoon Brewery

 

Colombia

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Colombiana is not quite a beer; actually it's nothing like a beer. It tastes like Colombian Irn Bru.

 

Costa Rica

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Croatia

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Hajducko is Croatian football team Hajduk Split's very own beer

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Cuba

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Cyprus

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Czech Republic

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Pilsner Urquell (in German. In Czech - Plzensky Prazdroj) was the world's first pilsner beer, brewed in Plzen in West Bohemia.

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Don't confuse Budweiser Budvar or BB Budweiser with its US namesake Budweiser. American Budweiser took its name from the original Ceske Budejovice brew after equating it with top quality beer, resulting in a naming rights battle.

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Becherovka is a herb liqueur famous in the Czech Republic and beyond, made from the spa water at Karlovy Vary.

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Djibouti

There's only a handful of places licensed to sell alcohol in Djibouti. Bottles of the Dutch Heineken were on the menu (below).

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Dominican Republic

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Ecuador

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Egypt

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I seem to remember Stella being more like a shandy than a beer. Either that or it naturally tasted of water..

 

 

El Salvador

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Ethiopia

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Ethiopia also produces its own wine. I had a red wine which wasn't bad at all. Try tej aswell, a home-made honey wine, which is available in differing potencies.

 

Faroe Islands

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France

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I found a dearth of beers on my first few visits to France, but wow, French Flanders in the north is the place to go for great beer similar to Belgium.

Page 24 is a quality beer brewed in Arras, love it. Ch'Ti is the local name for the Picardy region of France. Pietra is from Corsica.

 

French Guiana

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Sambadoro beer is a Brazilian beer but it was the one I got hold of. I'll have to check further but I don't think French Guiana makes its own beer. Virtually everything is imported at high cost, food especially.

 

Gabon

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Below is Equatorial Guinea's Lito-Cola. I bought this at a shop in Bitam, Gabon near the Equatorial Guinea border.

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The Gambia

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Germany

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I bought the last one in Scotland - drink several and you won't remember how old you are.

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I had the Zotler beer in the former German - now Russian - enclave of Kaliningrad

 

German enclave - Busingen am Hochrhein

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Feldschlosschen is the most popular beer in Busingen but it's a Swiss beer. On the right is a Busingen wine, though the fermenting and bottling are carried out elsewhere - at least the grapes are Busingen!

 

Ghana

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Gibraltar

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Gibraltar doesn't have a brewery. Many of the beers available are from Britain and Spain, especially Cruzcampo.

 

Greece

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Guatemala

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Guyana

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El Dorado rum is an award-winning rum. The Banks label above is actually a Barbados one, but it's also the main beer of Guyana.

 

Haiti

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Honduras

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Nacional; Imperial

 

Hungary

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Iceland

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India

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Indonesia

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Iran

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Alcohol is illegal in Iran. At the land border customs asked if I had 'any alcohol or sherry'(?). But you can get hold of alcohol if you know who to ask..

Delster is an Iranian non-alcoholic beer. The second label, Anjoman, isn't a beer at all but a carbonated yoghurt drink I bought in London. An acquired taste is the best I can describe it as.

 

Iraq

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The only one of these genuinely made in Iraq is the first one, a litre bottle of Arak made in Baghdad. The second spirit purports to be Iraqi but it's made in Greece to an Iraqi recipe. The beer labels are all bought (and drunk, of course) in Iraqi Kurdistan but they're brewed elsewhere.

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Bitburger is on sale in Deutscher Hof in Ainkawa, Erbil. The Krombacher is from the Sports Bar in Suleymaniyah Palace Hotel.

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These bottled waters and soft drinks are all from Iraq. Zain is from Baghdad.

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Ireland

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Israel

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Years ago there were pretty much three beers in Israel - Maccabee, Goldstar and Nesher (all above). But the craft brewery scene has rocketed. Goldstar have launched an unfiltered version of their lager, above right.

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The two Meadan beers are gluten-free and the only commercial beers I've seen made from chickpea and buckwheat.

My favourites were Malka (below right) from Yehiam in northern Israel; Shapiro have a great hoppy beer on draft at Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem; Negev's amber ale (orange label, bottom left); and Herzl's two blue and orange labelled beers above - one an IPA, the other the honey-flavoured Dolce de Asal.

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Italy

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Italian enclave - Campione d'Italia

campionebeer1Campione is too small to have a brewery. Like Busingen the most popular beer is the Swiss beer Feldschlosschen.

 

Italy - Seborga

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Becks is a popular beer in Seborga but of course its German not Seborgan. Of all the wine shown here the only genuine Seborgan wine (i.e. made in Seborga) is the first one (top left) which is made by the family owners of the local olive oil shop. The others have Seborga labels but are made in nearby towns.

 

Jamaica

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Jordan

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Considering Jordan is a Muslim country, Petra beer is a rather potent 8%. The Dutch beer Amstel is brewed in Jordan under licence.

jordanbeer5Barbican shown here on the Red Sea coast at Aqaba, is a malt drink from United Arab Emirates,

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Kenya

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Laos

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Lebanon

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Byblos beer is passed off as Lebanese but it's brewed in Cornwall, England. Almaza is the real deal.

 

Libya

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Non-alcoholic Becks - so near yet so far. Another country which is officially dry, though again it's probably quite easy to get hold of.

 

Liechtenstein

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Lithuania

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Above right, Katedros is an excellent IPA beer brewed on-site at its namesake bar on Gedimino Prospektas, Vilnius.

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The glass of red is Voruta, a blackcurrant wine from Lithuania. In the middle is a feisty 75% local spirit that burns the lips. Ouch! Forgotten what it's called - maybe Zalgiris?

 

Luxembourg

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Malawi

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Carlsberg have a brewery in Malawi.

 

Malaysia

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Malaysia relies on its neighbour Singapore for its most popular beer, Tiger.

 

Mali

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Malta

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Maltabeer5Kinnie is a Maltese soft drink

 

Mauritania

Mauritania doesn't produce its own beers and there's very few places to enjoy a drink. Again it's Heineken that's the easiest to get hold of in the upmarket hotels.

 

Mexico

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Moldova

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The Merlot is a wine label straight from the cellars of Milestii Mici

 

Moldova - Transdniestr

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Monaco

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Monaco 1905 is brewed by Heineken France in Rueil Malmaison, just outside Paris. In other words, not brewed in Monaco. But the Brasserie de Monaco apparently brews its own beer on-site, so check that one out on Port Hercule.

 

Mongolia

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Above is a fancy casing for a bottle of Mongolian vodka. And very nice it was too.

 

Morocco

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Nepal

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The only beer I saw in Nepal was San Miguel - in Kathmandu as well as being carried by locals in the middle of nowhere in the Himalayas.

 

Netherlands

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And of course Heineken is a Dutch beer.

 

Dutch/Belgian enclave - Baarle

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Baarle's beer is brewed in a Belgian enclave rather than Dutch, by De Dochter van de Korenaar.

 

Nicaragua

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North Korea

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Taedonggang is brewed in Pyongyang - North Korea bought the Ushers of Trowbridge brewery in England and transferred it lock, stock and barrel to Pyongyang, going into operation in 2002.

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Pyongyang vodka - potent stuff! I never had a drink of the Long-Life Liquor Ryongjongsu but check out the ingredients down the left.

 

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Oman

The more expensive hotels and restaurants can ply you with imported beer, but there's no local commercial stuff.

 

Pakistan

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Alcohol can be found at a few high-end hotels but I stayed dry. The Murree Brewery in Rawalpindi produces whisky, beer and more but allegedly only non-Muslims can partake.

 

Palestine

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Panama

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Paraguay

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Peru

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Perubeer1Inca Kola is a sickly sweet soft drink

 

Poland

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Puerto Rico

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Qatar

Like many Middle Eastern countries Qatar doesn't produce its own alcohol, but imported beers are available.

 

Romania

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Russia

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Russia - Kaliningrad

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Konigsberg is the local brew but micro-breweries are the way to go in Kaliningrad. The middle is one of the excellent local brews at Kmel in the Clover City Centre (pl Pobedy). Also try khrenovuha, a disgusting horse-radish vodka! The Queens Pub is, as the name suggests, a pub in Kaliningrad rather than a beer.

Below are beers on tap at the Pivovar micro-brewery on ul Nevskogo. The bottom photo is a supermarket stall selling various beers, including the local Altstadt.

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Rwanda

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Saint Martin / Sint Maarten

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I don't think there's a local brew on the island. Amstel's quite common, this one being straight from Amsterdam.

 

San Marino

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San Marino no longer makes its own beer, but Gradisca apparently used to be made in the country before moving to Italy. The second label is a Sammarinese wine.

 

Senegal

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Singapore

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Spain

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Estrella Damm Daura is a good gluten-free beer. Just let me find it in a pub!

 

Spanish enclave - Llivia

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Lybica is a relatively new beer brewed in the enclave. The scan on the left is a restaurant leaflet.

 

Spanish enclaves in Africa - Ceuta

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Ceuta Star is a recent reinvention of the original Africa Star beer. Not sure about La Morena and La Rubia but the Pale Ale is excellent!

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Sri Lanka

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Sudan

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Alcohol is illegal in Sudan. Besides home brews, the nearest thing is the Egyptian non-alcoholic Birell and the French malt drink Moussy.

 

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The two above are local Sudanese drinks.

 

Suriname

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Switzerland

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The dark brown beer above left is a beer brewed by Falken exclusively for Guterhof bar restaurant in Schaffhausen. And it's far better than the bland Falken!

 

Syria

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Tanzania

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Thailand

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Togo

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Tunisia

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I took this photo at Port el-Kantaoui marina as the Celtia labels are pretty much ironed on.

 

 

Turkey

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Efes is also sold in Northern Cyprus

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Tuborg is a Danish company (part of Carlsberg) but it produces both Tuborg and Fici in Turkey

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Turkey produces several wines, with many vineyards in the south east. This is a locally produced red wine from Mardin.

 

 

Uganda

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Gin and whisky in small plastic bags are commonplace in Uganda and Malawi. The whisky tasted more like industrial alcohol to me but Waragi is a passable version of gin.

 

United Arab Emirates

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Barbican is a 'non-alcoholic' malt drink which tastes nothing like beer.

There's no Emirati alcohol produced commercially, but you can get imported beer and Guinness at hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai aswell as, amongst others, Dubai's Irish Village.

 

United Kingdom - England

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McEwan's used to be a Scottish beer but now it's brewed in England

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United Kingdom - Scotand

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The smallest whisky bottle? And Punk IPA, one of the best tasting beers!

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I love this label. First World Problems - too true!

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United Kingdon - Wales

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Jersey

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Vatican City

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Venezuela

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Vietnam

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The last three were bought in London. The best beer experience in Vietnam however is sitting on miniature plastic chairs on the roadside sipping dirt cheap lager from a tank full of home brew, cooled down with a huge block of ice.

 

Western Sahara

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Western Sahara is occupied by Morocco and the beers sold there are Moroccan or European. Flag Speciale was the main (Moroccan) beer available in Laayoune.

 

Zambia

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Zimbabwe

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GLUTEN-FREE BEERS:

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The Belgian Daas Ambre used to be my favourite gluten-free beer, however it's been usurped by several others (see below). But it's definitely a beer with plenty of flavour. The Blond's pretty good too, with that typical Belgian beer taste. Please let me find gluten-free beers in a pub, a British pub!

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Hambleton's GFL is made from sorghum as well as the usual barley malt. GFA is the best of the two. The Spanish Estrella Daura Damm is becoming widely available in UK supermarkets as well as La Tasca tapas restaurants, and it ain't bad.

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The two Israeli Meadan beers are gluten-free and the only commercial beers I've seen made from chickpea and buckwheat.

The Belgian Mongozo is bland and Carlsberg's Saxon (below) is their typical weak dish water. The Czech Celia is a decent pilsner as is Green's. Green's also brew an OK golden ale.

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Brunehaut Tripel is a strong tasting beer, definitely worth a try (photo above taken in Delirium Bar, Brussels)

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Scarborough Fair IPA is my favourite gluten-free beer, by Yorkshire outfilt Wold Top. But then I've also found Yorkshire outfit Brass Castle's sorghum-based Hoptical Illusion, as well as Danish Mikkeller's Belgian-brewed I Wish IPA, both superb hoppy beers. Against the Grain is also by Wold Top, another tasty one. So much choice - at last!

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Hoptical Illusion is a brilliant gluten-free and vegan sorghum-based beer from Yorkshire, England. 'I Wish IPA' and Vagabond are also excellent hopped beers. Monty's is a decent Welsh ale but really good when straight from the keg, as I had at their visitor centre-cum-pub in Montgomery. Mikkeller is a Danish 'gypsy' brewer who travels around, making his mark with fine beers where he can, usually in Belgium. Mikeller, or Die is lovely.

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Westerham Brewery make several gluten-free beers, including the appealing Hop Rocket. To me, the rest are middle-of-the-road stuff.

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I wasn't too impressed by Green's beers until I had these three, all quality. The Grand IPA is the first IPA which I feel might be too bitter, but the dry-hopped lager is better, while the blond ale has a superb, Belgian-style taste.
The pink can is Glutenberg, a Canadian beer brewed with millet, quinoa, corn and buckwheat - it's not great in my opinion.

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Hop Zij Met Ons is a brilliant hoppy IPA by Jopen, brewed in Haarlem, Netherlands.

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First Chop's Pip is a brilliant hoppy citrus beer loaded with taste. And the IPA-style Redwell Pale Ale is pretty good.

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