A beer-centric getaway is a perfect theme for a guys trip. There is no shortage of amazing cities in the US for beer lovers. The explosion of craft breweries has taken over many US cities, cultivating unique beer cultures that are specific to each destination. If you love beer, you will not want to miss the chance to visit these fantastic cities.
The state of California is known for its impressive array of IPA beers and San Francisco is no exception. While hops still reign as the king, many of the city’s brewers are experimenting with Belgian styles, sours and rustic farmhouse ales. The City by the Bay boasts an impressive list of craft breweries. Popular destinations to consider visiting during your trip include the classic Anchor Brewing and the Cellarmaker Brewing Company for its continuously rotating list of small-batch brews. If you plan on taking in a Giants baseball game with your buddies, be sure to pre-game at the popular 21st Amendment Brewery and Restaurant. Located near Oracle Park, this brewery is a great place to grab a meal before or after the game while trying out their inventive year-round or seasonal beers.
The Mile High City is more than just the home to beer giant, Coors Brewery. According to the Denver Microbrew Tour, Denver has a deep history with beer, having first started brewing since the city’s founding in 1859. The first city’s government was formed in a saloon that still stands today. While in the downtown area, do not forget to make a stop at the famed Wynkoop Brewing Company, known as Denver’s first official brewpub. Some other choices to consider include the Great Divide Brewing Company, Prost Brewing, and Breckenridge Brewery.
This North Carolina gem is quickly making a name for itself on the beer scene. Asheville’s claim to fame is that it features more breweries per capita than any other US city. The area is also home to some of the country’s best beer festivals, providing the perfect centerpiece for any beer-centric trip. The stunning Blue Ridge Mountains provide the ideal backdrop for enjoying beer in a myriad of styles. Fort Collins, Colorado, favorite New Belgium recently chose Asheville as the location for its expansion, proving that Asheville is the new place to be when it comes to beer production.
As one of the most historic cities in the nation, it only makes sense that Boston would also boast a storied beer history. In addition to the iconic Samuel Adams Brewery, there is a bevy of smaller brewers who are making their presence known in Boston. Located in the diverse Seaport District, Harpoon Brewery is a must-see for any beer lover. An indoor beer hall and an outdoor keg yard are both fun places to kick back and connect with locals over a pint. Trillium Brewing Company recently added a 16,000 square-foot taproom to its facility in Canton, a sign of the expansion to come all over this dynamic beer city.
It is not just coffee that has put Seattle on the map. The Emerald City is a haven for beer lovers. Washington’s favorable conditions for growing hops make the IPA the top choice for beer enthusiasts in Seattle. You cannot walk around the corner in downtown Seattle without hitting a new brewery to hit up. Popular choices include Elysian Brewing Company, Fremont Brewing, Reuben’s Brews, and Pike Brewing Company. Be sure to leave room in your belly to sample some of the mouth-watering seafood offerings in this waterfront city.
While many beer enthusiasts rightfully flock to Portland to get their Oregon brew fix, the laid-back town of Bend is also a prime destination in its own right. This Central Oregon region is proving that big brother Portland is not the only place to indulge your love of beer. The Bend brew scene is led by the legendary Deschutes Brewery. Other favorites include The Ale Apothecary, Bend Brewing Co., 10 Barrel Brewing Co., and North Rim Brew Pub. You will love toasting your friends with a local Bend beer after a day spent exploring this outdoor lover’s paradise.
The self-proclaimed Beer City, USA has certainly earned this moniker. Visitors to this Michigan city can experience The Beer City Ale Trail, visiting more than 80 breweries along the way. Some of the most visited locations along the trail include B.O.B.’s Brewery, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, and the iconic Founders Brewing Company.
It’s always nice to go on a trip with your bros, wherever you go. Regardless of your destination, planning a trip centered on exploring local beer is sure to result in a good time. Cheers to an amazing and tasty beer vacation!