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15 most significant craft breweries in Europe

Once American beer lovers associated Belgium with craft samples of this drink, but today the United States occupies a leading position in the craft brewing industry, with more breweries than any other country in the world. Nevertheless, over the past few decades, a group of companies has emerged that paved the way for the revival, expansion and development of the European craft beer market in a new, shocking format. They consciously left the traditions of the Old World and showed the whole world what they are capable of, thanks to their skill and endless enthusiasm, quality and taste, popularity and inspirational desire for positive changes.

If you are already familiar with most of the representatives of the American craft industry, you should also get acquainted with the leading craft breweries in Europe. Large and small, modern and traditional, they are located in various parts of the Old World – from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean to the Arctic Circle, and in the near future, apparently, more interesting craft novelties will appear on the European continent. Below are listed in random order the 15 leading craft breweries in Europe, which every self-respecting lover of craft beer should know about.

BrewDog (Scotland)
Brewdog – Punk IPA
BrewDog is one of the largest craft breweries in Europe, which has in its arsenal bold and original marketing solutions, “seasoned” with the ideals of punk culture. The achievements of this company, opened relatively recently, in 2007, are more than impressive. Many of you have probably heard the names of its founders – James Watt and Martin Dickey – in the Brew Dogs series on Esquire Network.

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Today, BrewDog has subsidiaries in Scotland and the United States and plans to open a new production site in Brisbane (Australia) worth $ 30 million. In addition, she owns bars around the world – in only one UK there are dozens of them.

For several years in a row, BrewDog was called Britain’s fastest growing food and beverage company. In addition, she managed to attract many participants to her Equity for Punks crowdfunding program. Despite her convinced craft positions, in 2017 TSG Consumer Partners acquired a 22% stake in the brewery, which should ensure its further growth.

The flagship product of the company and part-time international bestseller is Punk IPA, a great drink with the intoxicating aromas of C-hops. Those who prefer classic red ale are advised to try 5AM Saint.

Mikkeller (Denmark)
Mikkeller
Rich barleywines and imperial stouts, contemporary art and emphasized exclusivity – all these are integral components of one of the most beloved beer brands in Denmark. Mikkeller was founded in 2006 by Mikkel Borg Björgso as a phantom brewery.

Today, after just over ten years, the company’s beer is sold worldwide, including in world-class establishments like Noma. Having opened branded bars throughout Europe, as well as in Japan, South Korea, and Thailand, Mikkeller has become a truly international beer brand.

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In order to conquer the American market, the company opened a production facility in San Diego in the building that once housed the Alesmith Brewery, and more recently, a small outpost in New York at the City Field Stadium.

Try the Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel, an award-winning imperial stout that is brewed with Mug Luwak coffee. If you prefer sour beer, you will surely like the Mikkeller Spontan series.

Omnipollo (Sweden)
Omnipollo
The founders of this Swedish brewery travel the world and brew beer at a variety of production sites, including in collaboration with other breweries.

Established in 2011, Omnipollo today has a large army of dedicated fans around the world who are ready to stand in line for hours just to try its next release.

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The brewery’s unique feature is its unusual perception of taste, which is expressed in the use of various ingredients for the production of beer – such as, for example, maple syrup, marshmallow cream or strawberries. In Europe, the USA and Japan, Omnipollo has become the engine of truly revolutionary changes in the craft beer industry, pushing our taste expectations beyond the mind. What attracts their beer so much? Here are a few examples of their products, and you will understand everything – after all, their names speak for themselves.

Strawberry Milkshake IPA, Original Blueberry Slab Cake Ice Cream, Yellow Belly Peanut Butter Biscuit Imperial Stout, Maja Maple Muffin Barleywine. I think the explanation is redundant.

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