11 Must-Visits for Beer Tourism in America

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”

― Benjamin Franklin


Where does one go to drink and delight in all that’s water + malt+ hops+ yeast? Dozens of great American areas can be put on a list for best beer tasting and touring- but here’s to narrowing down to 11. Cheers!

Pennsylvania (Pottsville)- So, where is the oldest running brewery to visit in the U.S.A? in PA! Head to coal country in Pottsville to visit D.G. Yuengling & Son. Taste a traditional lager here and explore its. The 1829 landmark is along the west bank of the Schuylkill River and NW of Philadelphia. Speaking of Philly, the city is full of beer venues to try , along with Pittsburgh.

San Diego (Gaslamp District) , California
Heart of craft beer town is at hip and urban Gaslamp District, which is dotted with several trendy and acclaimed breweries like Bay City Brewing and Half Door Brewing. Popular beer events such as Zombie Crawl pack revelers in the 16+ block area. For diversion and some local beer history, take the Trolley Tour.

Georgia (Atlanta, Central and Suburban)- Pilzner in Peach State? Yes! Atlantaic is not just for Coke fans but for beer lovers. Excellent brew stops are located in the metro area. Some recent ’21 features from Beer Connoisseur are Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta, The Artillery Room in Rosewell, and the annual Suwanee Fest. Need more brewery suggestions? Check out Belle on the Beltline’s top 10 Atlanta breweries.

Portland, Maine- The authentic lobster roll is not the only thing to crave in Maine. How about a lager ? In Portland is beer lover’s. As a surprise to many, Portland ME has the most brweries per capita in the U.S. That’s right -more than 170. Try Gritty McDuff’s or Shipyard Brewing downtown. For other suggestions, refer to this convenient brewery map and directory.

Portland, Oregon Brewpubs are the hangout in this town sometimes referred as Beervana. Pre-COVID times, there were about 140 in Portland OR- not too shabby for a city of some 600, 000 residents. See a helpful pub map here to plan out your beer flights.

Seattle, Washington- Beat the Seattle gloom with a quality beer. Cheers to one of the top beer cities, Home to about 160 breweries. For great viewing ad tourist draws, beer taste at Old Stove Brewing near Pike Place. Beer afficionados should get an IPA at Stoup’s Brewery or beer snob faves at Holy Mountain.

Boston, Massachusetts Sip or slam down Sam Adams in its hometown of Boston. Catch a crawl in historic Beantown corners, like Faneuil Hall and Fenway. Popular brew tasting and tour venue include Harpoon Brewery, Beer Works Brewery and Backlash Beer Co. Preview the best microbreweries from popular Boston Beer Crawls here.

Burlington, Vermont – Hidden gem choice! Most scenic! Travel to a gorgeous and compact downtown for beer drinking. On the South end Burlington is Zero Gravity Beer , recently featured in Beer Connoisseur.

Denver, Colorado– Lower downtown Denver is said to be the “Napa Valley of Craft Beer” . There is a fine art to the brew at any one of the 100+ breweries, brewpubs and taprooms. The Mile High City is also home to the Great American Beer Festival. Nearby Denver in the city of Golden, don’t miss a visit to Coors Distillery.
Check out Colorado Beer Girl’s blog on choice beer hangouts.

Chicago, Illinois – Call the “Windy City” also ” Big Beer & Cider City “. Chicago is where the most beer is consumed in the nation with some 170 breweries. Many neighborhoods are great for beer tasting but the premier one is said to be Ravenswood, known as ” Malt City”. Breweries considered top of the hops include Dovetail, Half Acre Beer Co, Maplewood Brewery & Distillery. Want to stock up on a fine choice bottles? Bottleshops are also plentiful in the city.

Wisconsin (Milwaukee-Madison-Green Bay) – Saving the best for last with WI? Well, historic and geographically, there is no equal in the U.S.A. to Milwaukee, which is home to major brew giants – think Schlitz, Pabst, Blatz and Miller. A smaller but standout brewery highlighted in BC mag is Lakefront Brewery, the first certified organic brewery in the US. Elsewhere in the state, the college town and WI capital, Madison offers up plenty of stops like Next Door Brewery. While over in Green Bay, you can’t go wrong chugging it up at Copper State Brewing Co and other choice breweries, beer bars, and gardens (best to imbibe during a Packer or Badger football game always!)

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