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Five Pilgrimages Every Beer Lover Should Make

May 2018Words by Mr Euan Ferguson

The craft beer “revolution” means that even your local pub now probably stocks something more interesting than brown bitter or wan lager, and that a visit to a speciality bottle shop presents an overwhelming choice of brews, from saisons to stouts, brewed globally from Manchester to Melbourne. It’s welcome, but it’s almost too diverse – the kick from seeking out something exciting in a sea of mass-market dishwater is harder to find. However, there are still some beers obscure enough to be cherished – those made miles off the beaten track, and in such small quantities that getting your hands on one is an achievement in itself (and sure to impress your friends). Here are five far-flung destinations you’ll want to sink a beer in.

Westvleteren, Belgium

Left: Trappist Westvleteren 12°. Photograph by Arterra Picture Library/Alamy Right: Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Belgium. Photograph by Arterra Picture Library/Alamy