Breweries are for (Beer) Lovers
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
Craft beer is a major trend and it's no longer the well-known breweries making a splash on the scene. There are hundreds of breweries and brewpubs worth visiting throughout the world, from the famous Guinness Storehouse in Dublin to Kona Brewing Company nestled around the volcanoes of Hawaii!
Impasse de la Fidélité 4, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
The Delirium Café in Brussels is nothing less than a pilgrimage for beer aficionados. Try mentioning a place with over 2000 different options, and see how starry their eyes will get. This bar is located right in the heart of Brussels, a stone...
1998 Delk Industrial Blvd SE, Marietta, GA 30067, USA
While most of Atlanta's breweries are "ITP," or inside the perimeter, Red Hare Brewing Company is the newest kid on the beer block, located in nearby Marietta. They've recently become the first Georgia brewery to sell their beer in cans....
1075 E 20th St, Chico, CA 95928, USA
Whether you are craft-beer officianado or prefer other libations, a trip to the Sierra Nevada Brewery is well worth it. Take a free tour and get an overview of this amazing company (started in a garage) and how the brand has expanded, but never...
St James's Gate, Ushers, Dublin 8, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Best bar in the world? Debatable. Freshest Guinness on earth? No doubt. An expedition to the Gravity Bar at St. James's Gate, perched atop the venerated Guinness Storehouse, was the perfect way to cap our Irish escapades. The storehouse, including...
1339 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209, USA
One of my favorite ways to sample a city is to taste its micro-brews. So when I'm in Portland, my number-one stop is the Rogue Distillery and Public House. The beer is so spectacular I lugged home several pints. With so many to choose from, I...
306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210, USA
By Sunday, it was time for some serious day-drinking at Harpoon Brewery. For like 5 bucks, you go on a short tour with one of the cool guides through their brewing process. The facility is remarkably small. Highlights? The near-continuous jabs the...
563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA
Kick back, relax, and enjoy their rotating beers on tap. Great atmosphere to catch games - especially when the Giants are playing. And the thing to get here - Watermelon Beer. It is indeed as good as it sounds (pictures on the right).
40 Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia
The Little Creatures microbrewery, housed in a converted shed overlooking the waters of Fishing Boat Harbour, was founded in 2000. After a morning spent exploring historic Fremantle, repair to the brewery’s convivial outdoor terrace and order one...
600 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424, USA
Drinking in high altitude is definitely an endurance sport and the folks at Breckenridge Brewery in Summit County, Colorado really know how to sweeten the odds. Er, make them even more difficult, that is - with their 9% alcohol volume 471 Double...
Ceske Budejovice, Czechia
Cesky Budejovice, Czech Republic is the place to go if you want to experience the real Budweiser fresh from the brewery. Before heading over to the brewery, work up a thirst and climb "on top of the world" to check out one of Europe's largest town...
1634 18th St, Denver, CO 80202, USA
You've got two options: a drink at Wynkoop Brewing Company, or a wander through the Denver Modern Art Museum. I chose wrong. It took half a dozen pints of Cowtown Milk Stout to wash away the memory of that museum's dreadful third floor exhibition....
79 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA
Brooklyn Brewery is a great place to spend an afternoon—all you need to do is grab some friends and enjoy the fantastic beer and laid-back atmosphere. Time your visit for a Saturday or Sunday when tours are free every half an hour from 1 to...
1309 Raleigh Ave, Norfolk, VA 23507, USA
Smartmouth brewery is the newest addition to Virginia's craft beer scene, and is quickly drawing a local following. Offerings include their 3 flagship varieties: Murphy's Law Amber Ale, Alter Ego Saison, Rule G IPA, as well as a rotation of season...
９丁目-2-10 Kita 7 Johigashi, Higashi Ward, Sapporo, Hokkaido 065-0007, Japan
One of the popular dishes that originated in Hokkaido is the Jingisukan, which is lamb bbq or mutton bbq. Instead of the usual open grill on charcoal used in western barbeques, the Japanese use a non-smoke pan like the one in the photo, sometimes...
Stadhouderskade 78, 1072 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
If €18 for a few glasses of Dutch brew served against a backdrop of old Heineken commercials and a quasi-3D movie starring a guy swimming in a pool of beer sounds entertaining, by all means visit The Heineken Experience. You may find your...
115 Pahlone Pkwy, Poncha Springs, CO 81242, USA
Set amongst numerous 14,000-foot peaks and the Arkansas River in Poncha Springs, CO, Elevation Beer Company brews beer for the outdoor enthusiast and hard-working man alike. With a handful of easy-drinking classics like 8 Second Kolsch, First Cast...
401 Cross St, Lexington, KY 40508, USA
Sometimes you don't have a four-hour window to drive across the Bluegrass countryside, take a distillery tour, wander the gift shop a bit, and return home. Rather, you have a finite window for catching local flavor before a University of Kentucky...
80 North St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Twice a week, Melbourne’s beloved Mountain Goat Brewery throws open its doors—and taps. Make friends by buying a round of the signature Hightale Ale or award-winning Surefoot Stout. In a town where half the men seem to make their own beer, this...
3001 Industrial Terrace, Austin, TX 78758, USA
265 S Millward St, Jackson, WY 83001, USA
Snake River Brewery is a great place to have a beer in and of itself. The brew pub is bright and open, the food is top notch, and the beer is sensational (Snake River Pale Ale is one of the best American Pale Ale's in the country). That being...
61 SE Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Hair of the Dog was the most fun (and perhaps the most risky) stop on our Portland bicycle brewery tour. The beers are delicious, unique, and each named after the brewers—which makes it especially fun to get a flight and compare them. I liked...
74-5612 Pawai Pl, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740, USA
It hardly seems like Hawaii could be a part of the United States without its own brewing company. The most popular brewery is the Kona Brewing Company on the Big Island. With its year-round beers including Longboard Island Lager, Firerock Pale...
670 Trabert Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318, USA
Monday Night Brewing Company is the newest kid on the Atlanta craft beer scene, but it already had a strong following before moving into its Trabert Avenue space. The brewery started out as a Monday night men's Bible study, which is how they...
510 Ridge Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Westbrook Brewing Company wasn't the first craft brewery to come out Charleston, but has had quick success, already distributing throughout the Southeast. Husband and wife duo Edward and Morgan Westbrook started the brewery in 2010. Their IPA and...
195 Ottley Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30324, USA
In Atlanta, Sweetwater Brewing Company is king. Its success story is not unlike that of Samuel Adams, although less commercial. They started as a hometown craft brewery with humble operations and now are distributed throughout the country. Their...
30205 SW 217th Ave, Homestead, FL 33030, USA
The Florida Everglades is certainly one of the most unusual places to find a winery and brewery, but Schnebly Redland's Winery excels in both arenas in what some would call "the middle of nowhere." Guests are greeted by a stunning wine bar ahead,...
732 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 1B9, Canada
Les Trois Brasseurs (literally The Three Brewers) formed in Northern France in the late 1980s and aimed to recreate the tradition of small-scale beer-making, all while offering tasty, local dishes. Mission accomplished! An authentic microbrewery...
2408-2410 Ownby Ln, Richmond, VA 23220, USA
Richmond's favorite brewery! Regularly hosting events featuring farmers markets, food trucks, and live local bands, Hardywood Brewery has been embraced by the locals in a big way. And it certainly doesn't hurt that the beer is pretty great, too....
500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
So there we were, driving down the road, when out of nowhere a hipster on a 1-speed bolts out in front of us. I couldn't believe how well he could navigate his bike, considering he was wearing sandals, skinny jeans, and the ultimate shmedium...
2921 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28206, USA
Todd Ford is a retired commercial pilot who discovered he had a knack for brewing. His home brews were so well-crafted and popular among his friends that he and his wife Suzie decided to branch out. They opened NoDa Brewing Company in 2011 and...
620 Treat Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA
This 15-barrel on site brewery creates a wonderful variety of house brews that go swimmingly with chef Corey Walsh's beer influenced culinary skills. Come hungry and thirsty, stay late and enjoy the ample indoor and outdoor communal seating areas....
1859 W Grant Rd #111, Tucson, AZ 85745, USA
Tucson may well be in the desert, but it's got a handful of good microbreweries—including Dragoon Brewing on the west side of the city. From their tasting room, you can get a view of the tanks as you sample their offerings. My favorite was the...
910 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203, USA
One of Nashville’s most popular local breweries celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, but it was unofficially founded when Linus Hall bought a homebrew kit off the back pages of Rolling Stone magazine. Years later and more education at the...
1624 Wyoming St, Baton Rouge, LA 70802, USA
Local boys founded Tin Roof Brewing in 2010 after trips to Colorado's finest breweries. Their brews are very much the product of their surroundings, inspired by Baton Rouge. The blonde ale, Perfect Tin amber ale and Voodoo Bengal pale ale are all...
12 Old Charlotte Hwy, Asheville, NC 28803, USA
Named after the Scottish Highlands and the similar landscape of the North Carolina Highlands, Highland Brewing Company is one of Asheville's most well-known craft breweries. Set in the mountains outside of town, visitors can tour the brewery and...
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