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Protz chooses some of world's top beers

Added: Wednesday, July 20th 2022

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Roger Protz is one of eight award-winning authors, influencers and experts who has used his expertise to compile World’s Greatest Beers, featuring 250 of the best beers from around the world. 

World’s Greatest Beers, set to be published on 1 August, is a collection of personally selected beers from across the globe that will excite, interest, and intrigue you – all of which are available here in the UK. 

Roger Protz is a campaigner and broadcaster and author of more than 25 books about beer and brewing, including his recent World Beer Guide. He was the editor of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide for over two decades and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the British Guild of Beer Writers and Society of Independent Brewers. Roger appears regularly in the media and in 2016 was the subject of a BBC 4 Food Show special. He gives frequent talks and beer tastings at events in the UK and has also lectured at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. and Beer Expo in Melbourne. 

In anticipation of the title’s imminent release, please find below three of Protz’s recommendations straight from the book: 

  • Achouffe’s Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen (9% ABV) – “The beer has a spicy, peppery and floral bouquet, with biscuit malt and elderflowers on the palate balanced by spicy hops and orange fruit. The finish is bitter, dry, hoppy and malty with a continuing orange fruit note.” 
  • Adnam’s Ghost Ship (4.5% ABV) – “The beer has a superb aroma of citrus fruit, spicy hops and lightly toasted grain with a tantalising hint of violets. Tart fruit, hop resins and a malt biscuit note dominate the palate followed by a complex finish that’s dry and bittersweet, with grapefruit and lemon to the fore, balanced by biscuit malt and tangy hops.” 
  • Alaskan Brewing Co’s Smoked Porter (5.5% ABV) – “Smoked Porter is brewed with pale, black, chocolate and crystal malts and is hopped with Chinook and Willamette varieties that create 45 units of bitterness. It has a smoky and woody aroma and palate with spicy hops, dark grain, coffee and chocolate notes. Pure brewing water comes from the Juneau ice field. The finished beer is both warming and deeply refreshing.” 

These are just three of 33 beers selected by Protz in World Greatest Beers

Protz says: “Choosing some 33 beers to reflect the best in the world is an unenviable task. I have attempted to offer a blend of old and new. I include icons of their styles such as Cooper’s, De Koninck, Duvel, Jever, Paulaner, Schneider and Timothy Taylor, and have added to the mix new beers that bring challenging interpretations of both old and new beers. Join the ship and enjoy the voyage."

Protz will be joined by the other seven authors for a special beer tour of the World’s Greatest Beers at the Great British Beer Festival trade day on 2 August 2022. To meet the authors and sample some of these world beers, please contact  

To find out more, make sure to pre-order the title from the CAMRA shop for just £15.99 – visit:   

Pictured top: Roger Protz when he announced he was stepping down as editor of the Good Beer Guide, with some of the 24 editions he produced.

World's Greatest Beers