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Best Places to Drink a Beer in Europe

With brewing traditions dating back to the earliest historical records, Europe remains king of craft beer. Beer aficionados will argue endlessly over their own personal favorite European beer locales, but a few stand out as especially celebrated.

Here are six of the best places to drink a beer in Europe that should be included on any group itinerary where the group desires a sampling of the local spirits.

1.) Hofbrauhaus in Munich, Germany

Though definitely a tourist attraction more than a local pub, the Hofbrauhaus is Munich’s most famous beer hall, run by its most famous brewery. Guests sit at the always bustling beer hall interior for a large glass of more beer than one person can easily consume while listening to the Oompah Band. Check this internationally known beer hall off your list before continuing to Munich’s other popular breweries, such as Der Pschorr, Augustiner Brau and Hirschgarten.

2.) Temple Bar District in Dublin, Ireland

It’s hard to choose just one pub in London for a pint of beer, since Dublin’s renown Temple Bar District has so many options. For microbrews, check out The Porterhouse for a refreshing flavor. The Palace Bar has a more intimate interior where locals and tourists alike gather to watch sports and listen to live music. Other beloved venues in the area include The Temple Bar Pub, Oliver St. John Gogarty’s and The Auld Dubliner.

3.) The Brewery Museum in Bruges, Belgium

Beer enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the art of making beer before imbibing at the museum’s tasting room at the end of the visit. Two stories of interactive exhibits will teach visitors the ins and outs of the history, brewing processes and characteristics of Belgium beer. From the tasting room, guests can look over the city’s historic square

4.) Pilsner Urquell Brewery in Pilsen, Czech Republic

Known as one of the best pilsner beers in the world, the Pilsner Urquell Brewery serves up beer straight from the site’s underground fermenting cellar. Though modernized, the miles of aging cellars remain part of the tour to show how brewers invented the pilsner style of beer in 1842.

5.) Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese in London, England

Drink a pint where Samuel Johnson and Charles Dickens once frequented at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. The pub offers not only history, but also quality beer in a centuries-old building filled with small rooms and corridors.

6.) Augustiner Brau Kloster Mulln in Salzburg, Austria

Heralded as one of the world’s best beer gardens, this Austrian gem features social locals and beer brewed only a few feet away. Groups can also dine on fresh charcoal grilled fish and an array of deli items.

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Eliza Myers

Eliza Myers has worked for The Group Travel Leader since 2007. She is the online editor and associate editor for Select Traveler.

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