For beer lovers in Europe, beer is more than just a frothy beverage - it's a revered elixir that has become a part of European culture, and creating the beverage has become a kind of art form. It's no surprise that Europe boasts nine of the world's 10 countries with the highest beer consumption per capita.
I've always believed that a pub which can offer me a quality beer that I've never heard of is onto a good start, and anywhere I can walk in and see something on draught that surprises me is doing even better. Anywhere offering a combination of Carlsberg, Carling and Strongbow and not much else is simply not going to cut it.
The cold and increasingly long winter nights are drawing in and Christmas is loitering on the not too distant horizon like a giant festive iceberg. This makes it the ideal time of year to take refuge in a warm pub with friends, family, loved ones, strangers, colleagues and people you actively dislike, to relax, drink, chew the proverbial fat and take shelter form the outside world.