Are you a craft beer lover and looking for the best cities to visit for your next vacation? Why settle for just one. With the rise in popularity of craft beers, there are so many cities across the U.S.; it wouldn’t be hard to create an itinerary for the ultimate craft beer road trip. You can even visit some of the coolest roadside attractions that America has to offer along the way. Places like the Beer Can House outside of Houston, or if you stop at Melvin Brewing in Jackson Wyoming, you can see The Devil’s Tower along the way if you’re coming from the east.
If you love craft beer and adventure, here are some of the best places you must travel to.
Denver, Colorado, has the distinction of owning the most breweries and microbreweries per capita. They also host The Great American Beer Festival, which features more than 3,000 beers and holds the Guinness World Record for largest beer event. Unless you plan on visiting the Denver area for a month, don’t even bother trying to fit in every brewery tour. But while you’re there, don’t miss the top establishments, including Breckenridge, Great Divide, Crooked Stave, Trve, Denver Beer Co., Bull & Bush, Renegade, and Dry Dock.
Richmond, VA, is quickly becoming a craft beer lovers paradise. With more than 30 breweries in the city, everyone has something. Whether you are a fan of IPAs, sours, lagers, or stouts, Richmond has you covered. The best part is that the Richmond Beer Trail makes it easy to hit all the best spots. So tourists can grab a map and start exploring. Some spots of note are The Veil, The Answer, Hardywood Park, Strangeways, Väsen, and Lickinghole Creek.
Reno Tahoe, NV
This area is home to various unique breweries, with Brew Brothers being the highest-selling microbrewery in North America. Reno Tahoe offers beer lovers a one-of-a-kind experience with scenic backdrops and championship brewmasters. While in town, be sure to check out The Depot, Under the Rose, Great Basin, Lead Dog, Stoneyhead, and Pigeon Head. And if you’re looking to stay in the area, Eldorado Resort & Casino has a brewery on site.
Milwaukee, WI, is a great city for craft beer lovers. The city was once known as ” The Beer Capital of the World” since it was the home base for four of the largest breweries in existence. Even their baseball team is called the Brewers. And while the craft beer industry has an unofficial rivalry with “big beer,” brewing roots run deep. Visit this pretty city on the shores of Lake Michigan to tour microbreweries including Sprecher, Lakefront, Milwaukee Brewing, and Sugar Maple. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites was once part of the Pabst brewing complex and makes the perfect place to hit the hay after a long day of touring and sampling.
This charming New England city is home to some of the best breweries in the country, including Smuttynose, Four Pines, and Throwback. In addition, there are many great brewpubs and beer bars, making Portsmouth a perfect destination for a beercation.
There are microbreweries all over the city, and each one offers a unique selection of beers that you cannot find anywhere else. Some of the most famous breweries in Austin include Live Oak, Real Ale, Jester King, Twisted X, Blue Owl, and Save the World. Not only are the beers amazing, but most of these breweries also have beautiful taprooms that you can visit. You can also go on a Beer and BBQ tour to sample some of Austin’s best food to offer.
Bowling Green, KY
Brew lovers will feel at home in Bowling Green, KY. This Southern city is known for its craft beer, which you can enjoy at microbreweries like White Squirrel and Blue Holler. In October, be sure to check out the Bowling Green Bourbon and Brewfest- it’s a great opportunity to try lots of different beers!
San Francisco, CA
Wine lovers have Napa Valley; Beer lovers have San Francisco. The city has a ton of breweries that produce some of the best beer in the country. Some of the most popular breweries in the city include Laughing Monk, Seven Stills, Headlands, 21st Amendment, Cellarmaker, Anchor Public Taps, Barebottle, and way too many more to mention. So if you’re looking for a great beer city to visit, San Francisco should be at the top of your list.
With so many breweries to choose from, it isn’t easy to know where you can find the best beer in America. But with this article and a little research, you should be able to find your favorite brewery anywhere in the country!