TripAdvisor, the world's
largest travel site, today announced the top ten brewery tours in America,
according to TripAdvisor editors and travelers. Lager-lovers with a thirst
for knowledge and an appetite for ale will be in their element at these
entertaining establishments, which offer travelers the opportunity to sample
tasty brews, while soaking up the sudsy surroundings.
1. Beechwood Best: Anheuser Busch Brewery Tour, Saint Louis, Missouri
In addition to offering free tours that take in the legendary Budweiser
Clydesdale Stable, Beechwood Lager Cellars and historic Brew House, true
hop-enthusiasts can also opt for the more exclusive "Beermaster Tour." This
behind-the-scenes look at the brewing of Budweiser even offers travelers the
opportunity to taste samples directly from a finishing tank. Tour tickets
are $25 for over-21 year-olds and $10 for 13- 20 year-olds.
2. Revolutionary Pour: Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston, Massachusetts
All of the senses are put to good use on this hour-long tour, as
travelers taste their way through the special malts used to brew Samuel
Adams beer, smell the hops and discover the secrets of the entire brewing
process - from start to finish. Tours run every 45 minutes or so and are
free of charge, although a voluntary donation of $2 is suggested, with all
proceeds going to local charities.
3. Rocky Mountain Merriment: Coors Brewery, Golden, Colorado
Founded in 1873, Coors' Golden operation is today the largest single-site
brewery in the world. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary, 30-minute
self-guided tour of some of the site's highlights, accompanied by an audio
device which details the malting, brewing and packaging processes. Once the
walking is done, thirsty travelers can cool off in the "fresh beer room,"
and sip a cold sample while resting on ice-cube benches in a refrigerated
4. Waterside Libations: Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Founded in 1987, Lakefront Brewery believes there is a direct correlation
between attention span on beer tours and drinking beer. As a result,
travelers visiting this inventive microbrewery can expect to sample an array
of brews right from the get-go, including what was the first beer to be
certified organic in the U.S. Tour tickets are $7 and include a souvenir
pint glass, four pours of beer and a coupon for a complimentary beverage.
5. Beer on the Banks: Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., Chippewa Falls,
Boasting a picturesque riverside-setting, travelers visiting this old-world
Germanic brewery can enjoy spectacular scenery and award-winning flavors.
Free tours take in the history of the company, which dates back over 140
years and has been led by five generations of Leinenkugels, in addition to
the brewing process. Travelers can round off their visit at the historic
sampling bar, or enjoy an al fresco taste on the covered patio.
6. Rocking Refreshments: Stone Brewery, Escondido, California
Travelers seeking a thirst-quenching experience just north of San Diego can
enjoy a complimentary, 45-minute guided tour of Stone Brewery - a 55,000
square foot working brewery, founded in 1996. After a journey to the heart
of the operation to learn about the craft brewing industry, visitors are
invited to participate in a guided tasting of a selection of year-round and
7. Hop-Filled Flavors: Terrapin Brew Company, Athens, Georgia
For travelers seeking to soak up some sweet sounds with their cold brews,
Terrapin Brew Company offers live music and a festive atmosphere. The
brewery, which introduced its first beer in 2002, runs educational tours and
tastings Thursday through Saturday evenings, offering visitors a sneak-peek
at the 40,000 square foot brewing facilities. Entry is $10 and includes a
souvenir pint glass and tasting tickets.
8. Mass Malts: Harpoon Brewery / Mass Bay Brewing Co., Boston,
Located within minutes of downtown Boston, travelers visiting this historic
city can add extra flavor to their trip with a hop-tastic tour of Harpoon
Brewery. Complimentary weekday tastings are held in the Tasting Room,
overlooking the brewery - while weekend tours, conducted when Harpoon is not
brewing or packaging beer, give beer-lovers the opportunity to join a guided
walk through the brewery. Tour tickets are $5 and include a glass and
9. Delicious Draughts: New Belgium Brewing, Fort Collins, Colorado
Boasting a Belgian brewmaster, New Belgium Brewing adds a dash of
continental flair to Fort Collins. Free tours, which operate Tuesday through
Saturday, offer visitors a 90-minute tasting and a stroll around the
brewery, which has been creating imaginative blends since 1991. Seven years
later, the operation became the first wind-powered brewery in the U.S. - and
with sustainability integral to the company, this is an interesting spot for
10. Froth-Filled Fun: Boulevard Brewing Company, Kansas City, Missouri
No one wants to get left out in the cold, when there's beer to sample - so
TripAdvisor travelers recommend booking a free tour of the largest specialty
brewery in the Midwest, plenty of time in advance. After taking in the
sights and soaking up Boulevard's history on a 45-minute, guided
walk-through, visitors can enjoy a tasting of an array of beers, including
seasonal specialties and year-round brews.
"With travelers seeking indoor entertainment as temperatures start to drop,
a brewery tour makes for a fun and informative fall outing," said Karen
Drake, senior director of communications for TripAdvisor. "In addition to
offering visitors fine flavors, these breweries offer a fascinating,
behind-the-scenes look at the age-old art of crafting great beers."