A majority of beer drinkers will probably tell you that the brand doesn't really matter as long as it is not flat and is served cold. But the number of enthusiasts who have a passion for sipping unique beers is growing. In fact, the microbrew industry has never been stronger. Every brewery seems to be creating small-batch specialty beers with clever names and hipster-inspired logos.
What gets lost in today's specialty-beer shuffle is that people have been enjoying this hop-based beverage for more than a millennium. The world’s oldest breweries have been around for centuries and have survived fads and changing tastes (and even wars and epidemics).
These 10 beer brands have stood the test of time, and you can visit the places where the beer is produced and see the history for yourself. (Text: Josh Lew)