While some of the biggest brands in the world are struggling to stay on float in a dynamic and rapid-changing market, small companies are making bigger numbers by the day. With just some basic knowledge, YouTube and some very basic ingredients that are now available everywhere, anyone can start doing his or her own beer at home. This makes the number of producers increase by the thousands and the options available too. Read on to understand what do big companies have to lose and what small brands can do better.
For us, Western civilizations, the world started as close as two thousand years ago, but there are other civilizations on Earth that go way further. While some of the top breweries in the world are very worried trying to deliver the best new recipe with a new combination of ingredients, in the best cities to drink beer in the world people teamed up with historians, archeologists and museums to recreate old beer from ancient civilizations in Peru and China.
Peruvians And Chinese
This was my discovery while being in Chicago, a year ago. The name of the brand is Off Color Brewing and they came up with an awesome recipe after teaming up with Dr. Ryan Williams from the Field Museum. Williams and his team had just discovered an ancient brewery that used to belong to the Wari Empire in Cerro Baúl in Peru. The brewery consisted of fermenting and boiling vats along with a mill. Also, they found molle berries all over the place. After carefully studying the recipients, they came up with the conclusion that it was the drink that the Wari Empire people drank back then. Fast forward to the present, they teamed up with this awesome brewery in Chicago and the result is a beer like no other I have ever tasted in my entire life. The recipe includes some purple Peruvian corn, molle berries and the closest thing to a ceramic vat that these people could find.
The color of the beer is something like purple-ish and while it is spicy, it is not too strong. It has some funky grainy feeling that´s light and very dry. I bought it in a six pack of clear bottles and once I poured it into my glass, some pink foam formed on top. Even drinking it was quite an experience!
I´ve been around the world tasting beer, not because that´s what I´m paid to do, but because that is what I love doing. Every time I get the chance, I get my backpack ready and set off for a new adventure. My girlfriend is (luckily) just like me, so I get to taste the best craft beers of every country we visit with my favorite person in the world. Am I a lucky guy? Well, of course I am! Read on and find out which are my favorite seven cities to drink beer in the world (so far).