A beer shop (also referred to as beershop) is a retail store where beer and other goods related to beer are sold. Beer shops can be found all around the world, but there are many located in famous beer countries like Belgium, Germany or England. Beer shops range in size, and may be located on streets or in shopping malls. Beer shops usually offer many different kinds of beer brands. Some shops offer only regional beer brands which are famous or well known in their region. Others also offer a big range of beer including beer brand from all around the world.
In some European countries, beershops are strictly regulated by the government, like Norway or Sweden. In Norway there is also a strict control over the hours at which beer can be sold and beer above 4.75% ABV are only allowed to be sold by the national monopoly (Vinmonopolet). In Sweden, the national monopoly (Systembolaget) is the only agent allowed to sell any kind of beer and it even has some degree of control—also argued as censorship—over the appearance of the labels.
Due to the increase of craft brewing companies, many beer shops purvey craft beers from local or international microbreweries. Some beer shops specialize in the filling of growlers, a large-sized beer bottle used to transport beer.
Some beer shops also offer beer tastings, brewing classes and special goods like beer jam, beer chocolate or hop hard liquor. The shops are primarily equipped with trained employees and beer sommeliers who have a broad knowledge about the topic of beer.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Beer shops.|