There is a common complaint amongst beer aficionados that is summed up in the phrase - 'So much beer and so
little time'. There is good reason for that complaint as the variety of beer available in restaurants, pubs,
specialty stores and on-line is simply staggering. Even the most dedicated beer drinker could sample only a small
fraction of the total in a lifetime. To save a little time, here is a whirlwind tour of what could be considered
some of the best beer in the world.
Wychwoods Hobgoblin British Ale
British Ales have been popular for centuries, thanks to their unique British craftsmanship and they continue to
offer some of the finest brews anywhere.
Nowhere is this more evident than in Wychwood's Hobgoblin. With it's dark copper color, caramelized malt flavors
combined with strong hops and hints of fruit and nut, the devils brew never tasted so good. For those who prefer
something on the sweet side, Wychwood's Hobgoblin is worth investigating.
Moylans Irish Red Ale
If your tastes run to Irish reds - and what civilized beer drinker does not have at least two in his or her
cabinet? - you can do no better than Moylan's . The Paddy's Irish Red Ale is true to its name. Reddish brown, with
a roasted malt base the strong malt combines with aromas of nut and grain for the perfect brew on a stormy
Ryan O'Sullivans Imperial Stout
The truly dedicated beer drinker will go all the way and try a stout. Here, too, Moylan's offers one of the
finest brews in their Ryan O'Sullivan's Imperial. A coffee-colored brown, with hints of chocolate and toffee, it is
a creamy beer that will not sit long in the cupboard.
Samuel Adams Beers
But the Brits are not the only fine brewers of dark beer. In the USA, Samuel Adams makes a Chocolate Bock that
lives up to its name in color that's offset with a dense head. The taste is in line with the color, with a strong
chocolaty malt and hints of vanilla bean.
The lager drinker is not to be looked down on, though. These lighter brews are the ideal complement to a fish or
chicken dinner, but stand well on their own.
In this category, the Czech pilsner may have be the grandfather, but the New World is now challenging the old
man. Veteran brewer Samuel Adams has a Bohemian Pilsner that pays homage to Europe while striking out on its
Golden amber and rich in hops, this delightful brew belongs among the collection of even the most discerning.
Tangy citrus and lightly caramelized malt flavors combine to make this example one that will stay in the
refrigerator only long enough to chill.
San Miguel Amarit Lager
San Miguel lager beer can be found quite readily in the supermarket, but they also make a fine specialty lager.
The offspring of the Philippine company's acquisition of Thai brewing company Amarit, this lager of the same name
would be welcome anywhere in the world.
Pale golden in color, the brew combines toasty malts and earthy hop aromas to offer a light, dry glass. Tart and
tangy, it would make an excellent compliment to a seafood meal.
Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager
The Canadian Granville Island offers a Cypress Honey Lager that is last but far from least. Crisp and mildly
sweet this golden amber is rightly named after the home of the nectar of the gods. Hints of mineral delightfully
blend with clover honey and citrusy hops to form a drink that is simply divine.