Beer has been around since the time of the ancient Egyptians, and the centuries since have not diluted its popularity. Brewed from malted barley with other grains, beer is capable of a range of flavors and pairs well with most meals. Whether it's the seasonal lists or a special microbrew, the Wine Garden has all your favorite brews from around the world.
Today's American craft beer resurgence means more opportunities than ever to enjoy handmade ales and lagers from some of the nation's best breweries. As of June 2015, the number of total craft breweries in the United States reached more than 3,700 — a far cry from the 298 breweries of 1990. The trend is on the upswing internationally as well, with thousands of new breweries popping up worldwide, each offering their own exceptional take on classic beer styles. The industry's booming growth means it's easier than ever to enjoy an abundance of contenders.
Fine beer is enjoying a renaissance worldwide, from international classics to American micro-brews, and demand for truly great beer is on the rise. The icons of style hail from great European brewing traditions, like those of Belgium, the United Kingdom and Germany. Up-and-coming brewers in the "New World" are pushing the envelope too, dreaming up new categories and making world-class beers in their own right. The finest brews range widely in color from straw gold to deep black, but share tremendous flavor impact and a lingering, food-friendly finish. Most are strong ales that deliver heaping helpings of malty goodness and snappy hop bitterness. All are full-bodied sipping beers that invite good company and contemplation. For best results, serve in a snifter, goblet or stemmed wine glass at no colder than 50 degrees Fahrenheit.