Tour De Beer: Breweries Worth Taking a Vacation For

Craft breweries are popping up left and right across America, but there are some that stand out among the others. We’re on a mission to uncover the very best breweries and cities worth road tripping for. Grab your growler and come prepared to taste the freshest of pints. Let’s road trip!

Brooklyn, NY

Our first stop is to Brooklyn, New York, where once-booming warehouses have been converted into condos, restaurants, shops and breweries. It is no surprise that we’ll recommend a day at Brooklyn Brewery. Take a tour of the brewing facilities on Friday, Saturday or Sunday – be sure to check out their tour times online. Make note, all tour-goers must wear closed-toed shoes! Follow up with the freshest pour in their tasting room. Payment runs on a token system, which you can pick up at the company store in the front of the brewery. Add a t-shirt and hat while you’re at it! Take the time to explore our other recommendations in the Williamsburg neighborhood.

Another local favorite is Sixpoint Brewery located in the Red Hook neighborhood. Although they don’t currently have a taproom (tours and taproom are opening in mid 2018), you can find Sixpoint brews in many city establishments. Just download the Sixpoint Beer Finder app for locations that sell drafts and Nanokeg cans nearby. Try the Hi-Res or the Sweet Action.

Want to stop for more great beer? Check out Tørst, Threes Brewing and Brouerweij Lane.

Cleveland, OH

Ah, Cleveland! One of the most underrated cities in America. This city has seen a revitalization within the past decade with craft breweries and tap houses sprouting up everywhere you turn. Not to mention, the city has one of the best art museums in the country and restaurants from award-winning chefs.

One of Cleveland’s greatest anchors is located just across the Cuyahoga River in the Ohio City neighborhood. Great Lakes Brewing Company sits comfortably near the historic West Side Market in one of the best dining areas around town. This Victorian-era building once was the popular watering hole for the “untouchable” Elliot Ness. Ask your bartender to point out one of the bullet holes that are rumored to be shot by Ness himself. For just $5/person on Friday or Saturday, you can take a tour and try four 5 oz. beer samples of your choice. You can’t go wrong with a Conway’s Irish Ale or, if you’re visiting in the season, a Christmas Ale.

The award-winning Fatheads Brewery is just a short drive from the city. Test out the Head Hunter IPA or a refreshing Hop Juju. If you don’t like beer very much, Bumbleberry has your name on it. This light and refreshing ale infused with blueberries is sure to delight even the pickiest of non-beer drinkers.

There’s more where that came from. Carve out time to visit Platform Brewery , The Brew Kettle and Thirsty Dog.

San Diego, CA

There’s something amazing brewing in San Diego. Maybe it’s the sun, maybe it’s the people, but their beer tastes so darn good! Founded out of love for science and beer, Ballast Point Brewery is our first stop in San Diego. In fact, there are three locations in the city – Headquarters in Miramar, Scripps Ranch and Little Italy. Each worth a visit! To learn more about their brews and R&D, find their detailed tour info. Savor the flavors of the Grapefruit Sculpin (or any other Sculpin flavor-of-choice), refreshing heavy-hitter Watermelon Dorado or their drinkable go-to Longfin Lager. Ballast Point’s online beer list is worth checking out for their delicious food pairings.

Another trailblazer in the San Diego area is Green Flash. Folks can enjoy over 30 beers, including seasonal and special releases, on tap in their tasting room and beer garden. You can either take a public or private tour of their facilities for $6.50/person. Book online.

Needing more San Diego brews? Visit Stone Brewing, Coronado Brewpub and Monkey Paw Brewing Company.

Denver, CO

There’s never a shortage of great beer stops in Denver. One stop-worthy brewery is The Great Divide. Take a tour and sip some cold ones at one of their two locations – at the Ballpark brewery and taproom or at their new barrel bar and packaging facility in RiNo. You must try at least one of their Yeti Imperial Stouts – Chocolate Oak Aged, Oatmeal, Espresso Oak Aged or Oak Aged. If stouts aren’t your thing, try the Titan IPA or Colette Farmhouse Ale.

Sour lovers rejoice! Crooked Stave crafts beautiful and unique sours for your enjoyment. Try the Persica – the beer that put them on the map. You’ll love the atmosphere this progressive, artisan brewery has created.

Also try Avery Brewery, Falling Rock Taphouse and TRVES.

Road tripping for great craft brews and unique flavors is well worth it. Make friends with the locals, enjoy good company and the views all around. Cheers! Prost! Salud!