Brewer: Lion Brewery
Style: Foreign Extra Stout
Sri Lanka doesn't typically come up in conversations about great national beer traditions, but the Lion Brewery traces its origin to 1861 when Sir Samuel Baker, a British planter, decided to establish a brewery there. The stout they're most famous for didn't come along until 1940 but it's an absolute treasure. Weighing in at a hefty 8.8-percent, this tropical take on the foreign style stout has a slightly lighter body with a smooth roast character accented by a rich and beguiling fruitiness.