Interesting article in The Guardian (via Chris Stokes through Facebook):
When you're gasping at an unfamiliar bar or picking up something to take to a mate's house and are confronted by the usual substandard suspects, what do you pick as the best of a bad bunch?
I'm surprised by the pessimism. It's true that it's depressing when you see Kronenburg, Carslberg, Carling on offer in a pub. But I've noticed a massive improvement in the quality of lagers - one of my locals has a "Suffolk Blond", whilst the other does a lovely Erdinger. The last few times I've been on country walks I've found unusual (often English) lagers. Given the mass exodus of townies to cider this is a surprise, but for a cold crisp pint the options are better than ever.
In terms of supermarkets and offies the choice is even better. The Guardian article mentions " that Czech Holy Trinity: Budvar, Staropramen and Pilsner Urquell" but that is merely the tip of the iceburg. I'll have a bottle of Tyskie to watch the footie (they also have them in cans), or Zywiec.
The reason I spend so much time in Romania is because we don't find Ursis in the UK, and my favourite beer is Croatian Ozujsko. So there's still room for improvement. But personally, I've come a long way from Natty Ice.