Visiting Central Europe is like a pilgrimage for any seasoned beer lover. So much of the world’s best brews come from this part of the world, and it’s no surprise when you experience first hand the passion people here have for hops and yeast and grain. Our Berlin to Budapest Rail Trip calls at several of the best beer cities on the planet, starting in the capital of Germany, a nation world-renowned for its beer culture. After a stein or two of Berliner Weisse, we’ll hop on the train to Prague, capital of our favourite beer country in the world – Czechia. As well as sipping on some Staropramen, Pilsner Urquell and Budvar, you’ll get to visit a local craft brewery to learn about their process and sample some of the goods. Your tasting odyssey can continue in Vienna and Bratislava before we reach your final destination, Budapest, where you can enjoy a glass of Dreher Bak at one of the city’s trendy ruin bars.
Trust us, you’re going to need a beer or two after you explore the tunnels of Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. Such a thrilling adventure warrants a night of easy-going craft beer drinking at one of Seoul’s karaoke bars. Let the hops fill your head, and worry only about the notes of your song. You’ll have the chance to geek out over the nuanced flavors at Jeonju’s craft brewery at the end of your trip.
Embrace the party lifestyle on this five-day tour of Mexico City. Start local as you tour through markets in search of cold beers and spicy tacos, before working your way through the trendiest bars in Condesa. There’s a quick day trip to the Teotihuacan Pyramids, then a raucous evening of mezcal and beer at the lucha libre wrestling matches. If you’re feeling adventurous, try a michelada – a mix of beer, lime juice, hot sauce, spices and tomato juice. There’s time to see the Monumento a la Revolución, kayak along the Xochimilco canals and, if you’re looking for something a little stronger, sample some pulque – an ancient liquor that the Aztecs themselves may have shotted too.
The cold winters of Iceland are ideal conditions for cosy taverns and hearty beverages to warm the soul, and numb the chill, of its hardy populous. The vikings loved their beer, and so will you at the end of our five-day trip in the Land of Fire and Ice. We’ll start our trip with a traditional three-course meal and, whether you opt for Icelandic beef or Arctic char, it’s always best washed down with a local beer. The trip will show you the highlights of the Golden Circle, thundering waterfalls, surreal black sand beaches and geothermal lagoons, as well as offer you the chance to snowmobile across a glacier and hike across an icy expanse. Each day is capped off with a well-earned hearty local meal and a very well-earned glass or two of Icelandic ale. If you really need warming up, perhaps it’s better to opt for whisky or go local and try a shot of brennivín.