You may have heard the oft-misquoted proclamation from Benjamin Franklin that states, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” But just because the beloved Founding Father never actually spoke those words doesn’t mean they don’t hold up. Craft beers are beloved around the world.
Beer is one of the oldest prepared drinks the world has ever known. While it’s impossible to pinpoint the exact date of its inception, hard evidence dates back at least 5,000 years ago to the Sumerians of ancient Mesopotamia. Luckily for us, things have progressed quite nicely over the past few millennia. Beer ranks as the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third-most popular drink on earth, following water and tea respectively, according to Statista.
You’ve no doubt noticed the unstoppable rise of the global craft-beer movement. While there’s undeniably an art to brewing an exceptional beer, it’s a far cry from rocket science. And although a handful of juggernauts have historically kept a stronghold on the industry, an explosion of incredible breweries have been popping up in some seriously unexpected destinations as of late. And trust us when we say their beers are really damn good.
Don’t get us wrong; we have nothing against a great German pilsner, stand-up Irish stout, or Japanese lager. But today we’re shedding light on some of the more surprising beer-brewing regions scattered across the globe. So without further ado, here are a few of the best “undiscovered” craft beers worth adding to your radar.