According to MIT and Harvard’s Economic Activity Atlas, the United States imports 37% of the World’s manufactured beer volume. From historic monestaries to large international beer institution, this section explores imported ale styles including Pale Ales. Brown Ales, Belgian, Amber Ale, Altbier, Lambic, and many more styles we discover along the way.
Tasting all Ale Styles of the World is an impossible goal, especially for a person who’s hardly left the United States. The truth is that after my arrival to the U.S. in 1981 from South America, I’ve only left the country twice. The first time was just strolling down to Tijuana and then remembering I wasn’t an American Citizen when trying to get back to the country. The border police were very nice after they demanded a $180 cash bribe and a promise to update my green card.
Shortly thereafter I took care of my residency status and became an American citizen. This allowed me the opportunity to travel with my wife to meet the Irish side of her ancestry.
I was so excited about the prospect of getting hammered on Irish ale styles and sharing a bit of old country comradery with the local drunkies. Instead however, I found a beautiful group of respectable people that went to church and museums often, hosted frequent snack and tea breaks and were huge fans of Judge Judy. The younger relatives didn’t let us go back home without first having an all evening Guinness fest!
The major inconvenience and financially crippling reality of having children has kept my travel plans on hold… for now. And while I may not be a world traveler, I am a seasoned enjoyer of life with access to my very own Epcot center of beer – the liquor store!
Inside that sweet international menagerie, I am able to formulate my world beer review of all types of ale beers like Pale Ales, India Pale Ales, Brown Ales, Bitter Ales, Porters, Stout, Wheat beers and Barleywine – and from Czech ales, to European Ales, Irish Ales, African Ales….. all over the world, using my American Express.