Today’s modern breweries brew literally hundreds of different types beers, including lagers, ales, dark beers, wheat beers, Lambics, and stouts. Most breweries continue to use traditional brewing techniques, and avoid newer technology in favor of historical brewing methods to maintain quality. In case you were entertaining the idea of going all out this Superbowl Sunday, we put together a list of ten great gourmet beers for you to enjoy.
A Dutch favorite, Heineken is the world’s third-largest brewer of beer. Heineken has been made by Heineken International since 1873, and is very popular in both the United States, Europe as well as Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Sudan. Heineken is a pale lager and is brewed by 40 breweries in 39 countries around the world.
2. Beck’s Beer
Beck’s Brewery originated in the north German city of Bremen. Beck’s is the number one German export beer and sold in over 100 countries. The largest markets for Beck’s outside Germany are the United Kingdom, the USA, Italy, Australia, Ukraine, Romania, and Russia. Beck’s is a pilsener beer available in pale and dark brews.
3. Dos Equis Beer
Dos Equis is a pale lager that was originally brewed by the German-born Mexican brewer Wilhelm Hasse. The main brand is Dos Equis XX Special Lager. Dos Equis XX Amber is a Vienna-style amber lager. It’s one of the better beers coming from south of the border.
Guinness is an Irish dry stout using roasted barley that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness in Dublin. The parent company has been headquartered in London since 1932 and was later merged with Grand Metropolitan. This is part beer and part full 3 course meal. It’s only 125 calories and is best had fresh from the keg.
5. San Miguel Pale Pilsen
San Miguel Pale is a pilsner beer referred to as San Miguel Beer. San Miguel Pale is San Miguel Brewery’s flagship brand and the Philippines’ leading brew. The original San Miguel Brewery was founded in 1890 in Manila.
6. Kirin Beer
Kirin sells two of the most popular beers in Japan, Kirin Lager, the country’s oldest beer brand, and Kirin Tanrei. This versatile beer is known for how good the beer goes with sushi and noodle which maybe on your buffet table this Superbowl.
7. AleSmith Wee Heavy – Barrel Aged
Scotch Ales are strong ales, also known as “Wee Heavy.” This brand was barrel aged and limited to 234 hand numbered bottles from the 2004 batch of Wee Heavy and released in 2005. Brewed by AleSmith in San Diego, California. Being a hand crafted beer you can see the complexity of the body along with the ageing of the brew.
8. German Doppelbock
One of Germany’s best selling beers with an alcohol content by volume of around 7% — some go up to 13%. Some say that higher alcohol content allows the drinker to really see the complexity of the beer vs. a watery taste. Doppelbock is a stronger and darker version of the Bavarian Bockbier. It is exceptionally malty, with very little bitterness.
9. Croucher Pale Ale
A rich rose-gold hue pale ale. At the annual 2009 Beer Necessities Awards, The Croucher Brewing Company’s flagship Pale Ale beer was named in the Top 8 beers in New Zealand. If you’ve got some grass feed steaks going on the bbq before the game this is the perfect beer for the occasion.
10. Belgian Trappist Ale
Belgian Trappist Ale is produced at The Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren in Belgium, in the Province of West Flanders, near the French border. There are seven Trappist breweries in the world, six are in Belgium. No other Belgian breweries are entitled by law to apply that name to their product. Some say Trappist Ale is the best in the world. We maybe drinking some right now.