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Some beers must be considered because they are so widely available, some because they are so distinctive.

Here's more about both famous beers and little-known delights from Adelaide, Australia, to Anchorage, Alaska, from Tokyo to Toronto.

Brewery Reviews Index
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Achel
Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery SEPT 1, 1999
Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas
The abbey habit JULY 18, 1998
The only Belgian Trappists not to brew beer have succumbed to the demon drink.
Aiken Brewing
Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures DEC 1, 1998
Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit
Alaskan Brewing Company
It's up, up and away to drink smoked porter out on the ice FEB 1, 1990
Aldaris
'Brewmaster' needs a guard on the door NOV 1, 1995
Inside Latvia's largest brewery there are still 200 wooden casks
Anchor Brewing
From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between OCT 9, 1998
Take a long, serious draught of sweet Liberty JULY 4, 1992
Michael Jackson's beer of the month is one of America's greatest brews, now available in Britain
Anchors up and away AUG 1, 1988
Looking back at when Anchor Steam headed to the U.K.
Anderson Valley
Arctic devil of a job JULY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part II
Asahi Brewery
Beer tops new heights up Fuji JUNE 1, 1996
Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change
Augustiner
A devilish Christmas in Austria DEC 11, 2000
Baltika
Porter and kvass in St. Petersburg FEB 1, 1998
Bass
Prague: twinned with Burton-upon-Trent JUNE 3, 1995
Bayrischer Bahnhof
Going for Gose AUG 31, 2000
Reporting live from Leipzig, on a major new brewpub reviving a classic style
Beba
Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise MAY 1, 1999
Belhaven
Brothers, a drink to your legacy SEPT 10, 1994
A Scots brewery begun by monks in 1415, is still flourishing
Bert Grant's Ales
How Bert Grant Saved The World AUG 3, 2001
Bold beers were the perfect weapon
Big River
A warm welcome in the 50th state OCT 1, 1998
South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries
Visiting the aley everglades JULY 1, 1998
Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings
Black Sheep
Paul Theakston is brewing again in Masham OCT 24, 1992
Michael Jackson hears what the vicar thinks of the new beer.
Blue Ridge
A warm welcome in the 50th state OCT 1, 1998
South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries
Bofferding
Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg JUNE 1, 1999
Bosteels
Down on your knees to bless monks' top ale MAY 1, 1998
Although monastery in French Flanders no longer brews, its influence continues
Boston Beer
It's Thanksgiving, so try one NOV 19, 1994
American is rediscovering flavoursome beer, and putting the Germans to shame
Brakspear
A taste of hop fields in an English summer JULY 3, 1993
The old brewery of Brakspear's, in Henley, makes a beer that Michael Jackson, along with John Mortimer, rates as the best bitter in the country.
Bricktown Brewery
Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition JUNE 1, 1995
Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt
BridgePort
Arctic devil of a job JULY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part II
Budejovicky Budvar
Czeching out the harvest MAR 11, 2001
Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door
Bunce's Brewery
He's probably only here for the beer SEPT 4, 1993
Netheravon In Wiltshire has a new local brewer. His name is Stig Ander Andersen and he has taken over Bunce's Brewery. Now he's making Pigswill, says Michael Jackson
Cain
Reincarnation of the real brewers JULY 6, 1991
Michael Jackson gives a welcome to the rebirth of a Merseyside brewery
Carlsberg
Can big be beautiful? JAN 23, 2002
Casta
Casta Morena APR 2, 2001
Ceres Brewery
Real Guinness may die - but the yeast lives on ... MAR 1, 1993
Cerna Hora
Czeching out the harvest MAR 11, 2001
Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door
Ceylon Brewing Co.
Lion Stout NOV 1, 2000
Charlie & Jakes
Visiting the aley everglades JULY 1, 1998
Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings
Cherry Street Brewing
Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition JUNE 1, 1995
Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt
Chimay
Belgian breakfast MAR 29, 1997
Claus
Down on your knees to bless monks' top ale MAY 1, 1998
Although monastery in French Flanders no longer brews, its influence continues
Clausen
Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg JUNE 1, 1999
Columbia Brewing
A warm welcome in the 50th state OCT 1, 1998
South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries
Commonwealth
Showing the tartan flag in Big Apple NOV 1, 1996
A pub serving cask beer, and more to look for in Manhattan
Cooper's
The 'wholefood' ale from Adelaide FEB 1, 1992
Beer of the Month: Michael Jackson applauds five generations of the Cooper family, whose brew does not sparkle like a lager but goes down a treat
Cuauhtémoc
It happened in Monterrey MAY 3, 2001
In a visit to a brewery in Mexico the secret of eternal youth is discovered
Cusack's
A few words from the Exalted Ruler MAY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part I
De Ryck Brewery
Anne's ale helps wash the coal dust from your throat AUG 1, 1993
Belgian brewery with a German style dedication to good beer
Deschutes Brewery
From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between OCT 9, 1998
Diebels
Copper-bottom ales halt lager tide in Germany APR 1, 1996
For Diebels, an "old" style means new business
Dogfish Head
Extreme beers JUNE 1, 2000
No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse
Say it again, Sam JULY 1, 1999
On stage with the poet-brewer March 28 and 31 in Philadelphia (see Events), I recall our first meeting
Eggenberg Castle
Santa Claus upstaged by new Eisbock DEC 17, 2002
A devilish Christmas in Austria DEC 11, 2000
Emerson's Brewery
New Zealand on my mind JULY 1, 1997
Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60
Enville
He's putting the bee back into his beer JUNE 5, 1993
Michael Jackson finds a tradition of brewing with honey undergoing a revival in the Black Country. The results may soon be available at a pub near you.
Flying Fish Brewing Company
Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey OCT 1, 1997
Free Miners
Gingering up the real ale range JULY 23, 1994
Enjoying the unusual flavours of a brewery deep in the Forest of Dean
Freedom Brewing
An American brewer chooses Freedom in Britain SEPT 18, 1998
Frog
A new Frog hops into France NOV 29, 2000
Fuller's
Winter's ale DEC 28, 1996
Winter draughts that keep out the cold DEC 19, 1992
Fuller's of London even offers three winter ales
Galbraith's Alehouse
Extreme beers JUNE 1, 2000
No beer-loving visitor to Auckland should miss Galbraith's Alehouse
New Zealand on my mind JULY 1, 1997
Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60
Gamla Stans Brygger
Harbour lights up JAN 1, 1997
Gotenba Kohgen
Beer tops new heights up Fuji JUNE 1, 1996
Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change
Gotlands Bryggeri
Porridge, cabers and stout... in Sweden JAN 1, 1997
Greene King
Having a smashing time... MAR 1, 2001
Grolsch
Behind the mystery of Grolsch JULY 1, 2001
Dutch brewery begins to send some of its seasonal offerings to Britain
Guinness
Pure genius, threatened by folly JAN 16, 1993
In the week that Guinness announces the closure of five whisky plants, Michael Jackson pleads for the survival of its finest beer
Gulpener
Gulpener Korenwolf JUNE 19, 2001
Hall & Woodhouse
Nothing ordinary about elderberry brews MAR 21, 1999
Hancock
Strange name, traditional beer APR 1, 1999
Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark
Hartwall
It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram DEC 1, 1995
In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks
Harviestoun
From Ford cars to pints of Engine Oil NOV 2, 2000
A new winter ale from Scotland
Heineken
Holland's giant cleans up its act - on the quiet NOV 1, 1993
Holland's giant cleans up its act -- on the quiet NOV 1, 1993
Heineken improves, and De Ridder endures
Herold
Herold Bohemian Black Lager AUG 31, 2001
Herold Svelte JUNE 29, 2000
High Point
Flying Fish and High Point, in New Jersey OCT 1, 1997
Hoepfner
Hoepfner Porter DEC 30, 2000
Porter! Take me to the castle of Dr Hoepfner ... APR 1, 1998
German porter has deep roots in Black Forest APR 1, 1998
Hofmark
Das feine Hofmark Pilsener MAY 22, 2001
Hop Back
Struck by lightning MAY 17, 1997
The wheat is grown in Wiltshire and malted in Warminster, a town otherwise noted for claimed sightings of UFOs
Hoppy Beverage
Beer tops new heights up Fuji JUNE 1, 1996
Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change
Hostan
Czeching out the harvest MAR 11, 2001
Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door
Hunter Gatherer
A warm welcome in the 50th state OCT 1, 1998
South Carolina offers a proclamation, plus plenty of breweries
Hurlimann
Nuclear bomb shelters and the world's strongest beers DEC 1, 1986
With Samichlaus newly revived, a look back at Michael Jackson's first full-length story on the beer, 14 years ago
Indian River
Visiting the aley everglades JULY 1, 1998
Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings
Kaltenberg Brewery
A working prince who keeps a royal head on his beer NOV 1, 1992
King & Barnes
Winter's ale DEC 28, 1996
Klasterni Pivovar
Prague abbey's new brewpub offers classic lagers JAN 7, 2002
Koff
It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram DEC 1, 1995
In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks
Lacplesis
Latvia leaves the dark ages of home brew NOV 1, 1995
Gone are the days when sacks of barley were placed in a river to sprout
Larkins
Sweet flavours from the cowshed AUG 20, 1994
A visit to an old brewing family on a Kentish farm
Le Baladin
Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise MAY 1, 1999
Louwaege
Belgium's beery weekend SEPT 21, 2000
Macfarlane Brewing Company
A visit to the Macfarlane Brewing Company, Phoenix, Arizona OCT 1, 1997
Mack
Egging them on in the Land of the Midnight Ol... JAN 1, 1992
Maclay
Porridge, cabers and stout... in Sweden JAN 1, 1997
Malheur
The family business is alive again NOV 1, 1998
Where a grandfather once grew his own barley, a grandson now brews
Malt Shovel Brewery
James Squire Porter SEPT 1, 2001
James Squire Amber Ale OCT 1, 2000
Maring Brewing
Zero is a hero JULY 13, 2001
American brew wins in London
Marlborough
New Zealand on my mind JULY 1, 1997
Where there were only 10 small breweries now there are 60
Marston
Burton Union gives Marstons its Pedigree SEPT 5, 1992
Heath Robinson would have been proud of the 'Burton Union', a yeast cultivatiing system that gives a complex, fruity, dryness to Michael Jackson's beer of the month.
Martens
Belgium's beery weekend SEPT 21, 2000
Mash
Mash Beer JULY 25, 2001
Zero is a hero JULY 13, 2001
American brew wins in London
Mason's Arms
Helping a damson in distress OCT 13, 1990
McMullen
Special enough to have letters after its name APR 4, 1992
Michael Jackson celebrates the spring with a pint of mysteriously titled Original A K from the modest Hertfordshire brewery, McMullen's
Younger, Milder image for the workers of beer MAY 1, 1989
McMullens
Special enough to have letters after its name APR 4, 1992
Michael Jackson celebrates the spring with a pint of mysteriously titled Original A K from the modest Hertfordshire brewery, McMullen's
Michael Krieger
Italian brewpub 'Union' shows promise MAY 1, 1999
Middle Ages
Showing the tartan flag in Big Apple NOV 1, 1996
A pub serving cask beer, and more to look for in Manhattan
Midnight Sun
Arctic devil of a job JULY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part II
Moctezuma
It happened in Monterrey MAY 3, 2001
In a visit to a brewery in Mexico the secret of eternal youth is discovered
Monstein
Hunting the highest beer FEB 4, 2002
Moorhouse
In search of the Witches' Brew OCT 1, 1996
An October favorite, Moorhouse's beer has year-round cult following
Mousel
Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg JUNE 1, 1999
New Apothecary
It's all aboard for a Koff on the beer tram DEC 1, 1995
In contrast, at the New Apothecary brewpub, they grind their grain in a coffee mill and brew in dairy tanks
New Belgium
The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach OCT 24, 2001
Oakham
A tale of two countries AUG 1, 2001
Okocim
Climbing up Poles to sniff the first hops JAN 1, 1998
In Poland, passionate enthusiasm for Lublin and Marynka
Old Dominion
Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July JULY 1, 1991
What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?
Old Dominion
Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July JULY 1, 1991
What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?
Olde Heurich
Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July JULY 1, 1991
What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?
Otaru Beer
Beer tops new heights up Fuji JUNE 1, 1996
Frontier spirit brought brew pub law change
PUP
Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... FEB 1, 1997
And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'
Palm
Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures DEC 1, 1998
Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit
Peaceful pint in Brabant SEPT 1, 1997
Palmetto
Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures DEC 1, 1998
Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit
Palvasalmi
Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... FEB 1, 1997
And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'
Pekka
Trad ale in Finland keeps its Pedda up NOV 1, 1994
World's oldest beer style is back - thanks to a Lammi vegetable grower
Plevna
Finnish bar that will sell you a PUP... FEB 1, 1997
And visiting a brewer who, after raising four children, calls the brewery her 'new baby'
Pripps
Porter on prescription: that's what I call a real national health service JAN 1, 1997
A beery cure-all for nursing mothers and Royal toothache
Ragutus
From Leeds to Lithuania for mushy pea beer OCT 1, 1995
Does a lager brewed in part from peas constitute a style?
Rare Fox
Flexing my mussels in the Rare Fox OCT 1, 1990
Refsvindinge
Blending the Flavors of Detroit and Denmark MAY 1, 1999
Small Danish brewery's trademark bear "as strong at the Carlsberg elephant"
Refsvindinge Maltings and Brewery
Blending the Flavors of Detroit and Denmark MAY 1, 1999
Small Danish brewery's trademark bear "as strong at the Carlsberg elephant"
Rhodenbach
The Rockies' rival to Rodenbach OCT 24, 2001
Ridley's
Will Janina Jones win the heart of Essex man? APR 15, 1995
From a 'real ale' family brewery in East Anglia comes a tempting new bottled beer
Ringwood Brewery
A Thumping Good Pint AUG 6, 1988
Robert Cain's
Reincarnation of the real brewers JULY 6, 1991
Michael Jackson gives a welcome to the rebirth of a Merseyside brewery
Robinson
Father Larry's Lenten brew FEB 19, 2000
Robinson's Old Tom a fine beer for wintry worship
Rodenbach
Rodenbach juggles its tuns FEB 14, 2001
A visit to the brewery reveals some promising sensibilites
Rooster's
How French wine led an Englishman to love the hops of Oregon and Washington (and, yes, Yorkshire) OCT 27, 2001
Royal Bavaria Brewing
Disaster city defies bombs and prohibition JUNE 1, 1995
Brewpubs bring beer relief to Bible belt
Saint Clemens Brewpub
Strange name, traditional beer APR 1, 1999
Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark
Samuel Smith
Winter's ale DEC 28, 1996
Saintly Sam brews peach of a wild ale SEPT 1, 1996
Samuel Smith's
Winter's ale DEC 28, 1996
Saintly Sam brews peach of a wild ale SEPT 1, 1996
Scuttlebut Brewpub
From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between OCT 9, 1998
Shenandoah
Shannon and the secret sisterhood FEB 19, 2001
Shepherd Neame
Winter's ale DEC 28, 1996
A pint of cloudy, please MAY 25, 1996
British brewers take to making wheat beers
Shipyard
Visiting the aley everglades JULY 1, 1998
Suddenly, Florida offers beer with character in some unlikely surroundings
Sierra Nevada
Arctic devil of a job JULY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part II
Simon
Beer in the Grand Duchy of Luxemborg JUNE 1, 1999
Sleeping Lady
A few words from the Exalted Ruler MAY 1, 2000
January in Alaska: Part I
South African Breweries
Looking for the King of Beers... JULY 15, 2001
...in the lagering cellars of Budapest, Hungary
St Bernardus
St Bernardus Tripel JAN 21, 2001
Staropramen
Prague: twinned with Burton-upon-Trent JUNE 3, 1995
Stepan Razin
Headless Stepan inspires a Porter FEB 1, 1998
Summit Brewery
From Seattle to Minnesota, with stops between OCT 9, 1998
Talbot
Smell the blossoms while you can SEPT 12, 2000
A bittersweet report from Hoppy Valley
Theakston
Paul Theakston is brewing again in Masham OCT 24, 1992
Michael Jackson hears what the vicar thinks of the new beer.
Thisted
Strange name, traditional beer APR 1, 1999
Celebrating small breweries in monopolistic Denmark
Timothy Taylor
Tested by pigeons, drunk by the landlord AUG 1, 1992
Michael Jackson is toasting Yorkshire Day with a Timothy Taylor's bitter - his Beer of the Month
Tommyknocker
Fool's Gold and other Colorado pleasures DEC 1, 1998
Tommyknockers brewpub recalls mining spirit
Tsingtao
Inscrutable brew APR 1, 2000
The search for Brewery Number One and some answers about Tsingtao
What to drink with a dog FEB 1, 2000
Which of China's 500 brewers can deliver the goods?
Veltins
Taking the waters? MAY 21, 2001
How a country brewery became a giant
Victory Brewing Co.
A tale of two countries AUG 1, 2001
Virginia Brewing Company
Flying the beer flag on Fourth of July JULY 1, 1991
What beery pleasures await the British tourist on his way to see the White House?
Vyskov
Czeching out the harvest MAR 11, 2001
Pilsen and Budweis are cities in Bohemia...but the great barley comes from the state next door
Wadworth
The glass of '93 blossoms early SEPT 18, 1993
Hop flowers only two weeks old are the secret of a new beer's fresh flavour, and Michael Jackson tasted love at his first pint
Wellington County
Wellington County Iron Duke MAR 2, 2001
Westmalle
Visiting the brand-new Trappist brewery SEPT 1, 1999
Tasting the latest from Brother Thomas
Young's
A pint of cloudy, please MAY 25, 1996
British brewers take to making wheat beers
ZeroDegrees
Zero is a hero JULY 13, 2001
American brew wins in London
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