As more and more microbreweries crop up in communities all over the country, it's easier than ever for beer lovers to sample quality crafted beverages wherever they go. Many popular vacation destinations are home to at least one brewery and some locations are worth visiting just for the beer, such as the brewing hotsposts listed below. So, here goes it, our picks for the Top 10 Beer Vacations:
1. Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon is home to more breweries per capita than anywhere in the world, making it a top choice for the ultimate beer vacation. Favorite breweries in the Rose City include McMenamins, Widmer Brothers Brewing and BridgePort Brewing, all pioneers in the West's craft brewing industry.
2. Columbia River Gorge
Visit Hood River, Oregon and White Salmon, Washington to check out the seven breweries on both sides of the Columbia River Gorge. Don't miss Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River and Everybody's Brewing across the river in White Salmon. No beer vacation would be complete without a trip to nearby Stevenson's Walking Man Brewery, recipient of numerous awards over the years.
3. Bend, Oregon
An outdoor recreation mecca, Bend, Oregon is home to one of the most popular breweries in the Northwest, the Deschutes Brewery. The pub is located downtown, serving up a huge variety of ales and locally-sourced eats.
4. Missoula, Montana
In Montana, Missoula is the place to be for a beer vacation and plenty of outdoor summer fun. Big Sky Brewing has been serving up their famous Moose Drool brown ale since 1995. Kettle House Brewing provides equipment for aspiring brewers to concoct their own beers onsite for a small fee.
5. San Francisco
San Francisco is home to one of the oldest breweries on the West coast, Anchor Brewing. Speakeasy Ales and Lagers comes highly recommended for its fine brews. The Toronado alone makes San Francisco an ideal place for a beer vacation; this pub has more than 50 craft breweries on tap at any one time.
6. Kernville, California
Come for the whitewater, stay for the beer. Kernville, California has one of the greatest brew pubs in the southern Sierra. Kern River Brewing Company is this small community's living room, serving up good food and incredible beers to locals and tourists alike. If you're a beer lover, it's worth the trip into the mountains from Los Angeles and you should plan to stay an extra day to get out on the river!
Head to Colorado to visit Fat Tire Brewing in Fort Collins. Employee-owned and environmentally conscious, this brewery is one of Colorado's best. The state boasts more than 100 craft breweries, and is a mecca for beer vacations. Denver hosts the annual Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer festival in the country.
8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Otherwise known as the Brew City, Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the obvious choice for a beer vacation. Take tours of the historic Pabst Brewery and Miller-Coors Brewery, which has been in operation since 1855. Also popular is Lakefront Brewing, a Milwaukee landmark located on the Milwaukee River.
Vermont's many breweries, scattered across the state, make it a fun place for beer vacations in the Northeast. Don't miss the Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend just outside of Stowe, Long Trail Brewing southeast of Burlington, and the Alchemist Pub and Brewery in Waterbury.
10. Boston, Massachusetts
Boston boasts a number of breweries, including Boston Beer Works and Boston Beer Company, both known for their quality ales. Commonweath Brewing #1 receives rave reviews for both its food and beer, making it a must-do on any beer vacation agenda in Boston.
Beer vacations are easy to plan in just about every part of the country, and add a little fun to any destination!