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10 Cheap Places Around the World to Try a Cool Local Beer

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10 Cheap Places Around the World to Try a Cool Local Beer


No matter what corner of the globe you find yourself in, there's nothing quite like a good beer. Sit back, relax, and think about which of these beers you'll be sipping the next time you’re off travelling.

Argentina - Quilmes Decorated in the Argentinean blue and white stripes, Quilmes has been the most popular beer in the country since the late 1800s. If you're a bit nervous about taking part in some Argentine tangos, a few of these will have you dancing into the night.

Namibia - Windhoek Lager

Windhoek Lager in a glass boot

Named after the capital city, Windhoek was created by two German bankers - yes, bankers! Carl List and Hermann Ohlthaver landed in the dry land of Namibia in the early 1900s, and quickly bought four breweries. They began making beer according to a 'purity' law, which continues today. Hit the town of Swapkopmund to try drinking the beer out of a glass boot!

Cambodia - Angkor Beer

You got up early to see the sun rise over Angkor Wat and haven't stopped since. Why not head to Siem Reap and marvel at its historical wonders over an Angkor beer. Maybe even head over to the CamBrew brewery itself in SihanoukVille where you can also enjoy a beer by the beach!

New Zealand - Tui

Originally called Wagstaff's after Henry Wagstaff who discovered it, the name changed to Tui in the early 1900s. Known more for its malty 'pale ales,' made by warm fermentation, the company introduced a lager option a few years ago. Take a trip to the brewery in Mangatainoka! The building is my look tall, but there are actually no stairs or lifts, just a lot of looking up!

Singapore - Tiger Beer

Tiger Beer Singapore

You may have visited the tigers at Singapore zoo but now it's time to taste the amazing 80+ year old Tiger beer. Accompanied by some Chinese, Malaysian or Indian food (or all three to truly feel local), this beer is becoming more international, but there is nothing like tasting a beer in the country where it was brewed.

Australia - Coopers This beer is still brewed and owned by the descendents of the original Australian founder, Thomas Cooper. Like many of us, Cooper was unsure where his natural talents lay. As the story goes, by making a drink for his sick wife, he stumbled across a recipe for a great beer and never looked back. Many Aussies love a beer with a bbq - make sure you have yours!

South Africa - Castle Lager

Castle lager South Africa

Castle Lager was started by an Englishman in Johannesburg in the late 1800's. It was popular among miners and only grew from there. One of the most popular beers in the African country, you will find it almost anywhere you go. Enjoy by the braai while camping or floating down a river on a boat trip.

Chile - Escudo

After a potentially long journey to reach your destination, try this popular local beer. Although it’s not everyone’s favourite, it’s probably the best as far as Chilean beers go. Kuntsmann is also popular but may be more expensive and hard to find.

Czech Republic - Pilsner Urquell

Pilsner is a type of pale lager, and this particular one was the first ever produced. The Czech Republic is well-known for its beer, and the locals are just as passionate about it. This country has a lot of history for you to soak up on your travels, and part of that is the deep beer history, so enjoy it while you can.

Canada - Molson Canadian

In the late 1700s John Molson founded Canada’s oldest brewery in Montreal, and it's still producing beer today. No matter the temperature at the time of your visit, a nice Molson Canadian will be a welcome reward at the end of a weary day. 


Siobhan Maguire is a budding journalist studying at the University of Salford in Manchester. A well-seasoned traveller, she blogs at A Girl Gets on a Bus, and you can follow her Twitter here.


Thanks to Quinn Dombrowski, Maire, Phlubdr, and BluEyedA73 for the excellent pictures from Flickr. Please note they were under Creative Commons Licence at time of publishing.

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