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Friday Aug 29, 2014
World’s Best Beer: Germany vs. Belgium
While the ancient Egyptians perfected beer making, it was the industrious monks on the continent who raised production to an art form during the Middle Ages. In monasteries cut off from the outside world, recipes were concocted, methods honed and batches liberally sampled until only the most delicious of brews were devised. In Europe today, two of the finest beer brewing destinations are Germany and Belgium, each with their own distinct panoply of frothy libations, in constant competition for the title of World’s Best Beer!
Germany: World’s Best Beer ?
Germany is often called out as one of the world’s best beer brewers. The verdant green of Germany’s cultivated fields attests to the quality ingredients of flavorful hops and barley that make up German beer. It’s interesting to note that in Germany, beer stays close to its source, which requires the beer aficionado to source their beer locally, which also means each beer variety is assured of being fresh and at the peak of flavor. There’s also almost no better excuse for traveling to quaint and forgotten villages scattered across the land than the promise of downing a delicious pint of German beer. Driving (responsibly) along Germany’s back roads, streets and its major highway, the Autobahn, to visit the vast array of German beer destinations is a worthy vacation aspiration!
Beer lovers across the world know that of the premier beer experiences to be had, fall festivals in Germany offer a many opportunities to sample a wide spectrum of national brews, and of course enjoy some art and culture! None of these fall festivals, however, is more renowned than Munich’s Oktoberfest, Munich’s brash, 16-day Oktoberfest revelries somehow manage to seamlessly combine oompah bands and lederhosen with beer tasting for an annual entertainment extravaganze. Beer tents spring up as temporary tasting hubs, changing the landscape of a city lauded for its modern aesthetic and relics of its thousand-year history. Visitors to Munich, and Oktoberfest, can take a break from beer tastings to tour the marble halls of nearby Schloss Nymphenberg, a baroque delight that was home to some of Germany’s most famous kings or wander the halls of the city’s many museums.
Belgium: World’s Best Beer ?
Germany’s chief competitor for world’s best beer, Belgium, presents their own flair for combining ingredients to create exceptional craft beer! While traveling in Belgium, on a search for the finest brews, the city of Bruges makes a natural choice for a stop that combines beer tastings with an informative tour of a museum dedicated to its production. The Brewery De Halve Maan offers visitors an in-depth look at Belgium’s history of beer making and examples of how far the country has come in cultivating their highly-acclaimed beer culture. The city of Bruges also beckons visitors with its charming city square, quaint chocolate shops and ancient churches.
While not as well-known as in Germany, fall festivals in Belgium that are dedicated solely to beer abound, encompassing several days of raucous enjoyment across the length and breadth of Belgium. The city of Hasselt offers no less than 140 varieties to sample during its Belgian beer festival in November. Many other notable fall festivals in Belgium take place in October, allowing visitors to acquaint themselves with the more than 400 breweries producing beer throughout the country.
Germany vs. Belgium: World’s Best Beer ?
Europe’s beer brewing destinations offer much for the intrepid travel to discover, whether during fall festivals in Germany or while attending a Christmas market in Belgium. While the competition of whether beer in Germany or beer in Belgium is the world’s best beer will continue to rage on among fans for centuries to come, the historic and visual delights of each country offer travelers a wealth of memorable experiences, long after the breweries have closed for the day.
A car rental with Kemwel will allow you to navigate easily between the host of beer festivals, sites and activities that await you this fall in Belgium and Germany. Depending on the length of your travels abroad, in addition to conventional car rentals, Kemwel offers short-term leases on factory-new Peugeot vehicles in cities like Brussels and Munich. You can even pick your car rental up right after you land at the airport. Arrange your next European vacation car rental using Kemwel’s web-based booking engine, a safe and secure way to confirm your rental car! If you have questions, we offer various, online resources to supplement your knowledge, or you can reach out to one of our car rental reservation specialists, toll-free, as 1-877-820-8666.