Breweries have become a common attraction for those who understand the value of high quality, locally crafted beers. With that in mind, here’s a list of three cities that have become some of the greatest beer destinations in the U.S.
Fort Collins, Colorado
If you’re a history lover as much as you are a beer drinker then New Belgium Brewing is the place to go as one of the first sour beer programs in the U.S (sour beer is beer which has an intentionally acidic, tart or sour taste). The program is used to intentionally create beer with a more acidic taste oftentimes having more tart or sour flavors. Make a visit to their tasting room before taking a tour of their impressive brewery. For a peek into Fort Collins culture and New Belgium Brewing, visit during their annual Tour de Fat where people enjoy a wide range of beers and celebrate their namesake: the bicycle.
Another Fort Collins stop is Black Bottle Brewery. With a total of 40 taps and unique brews, they have the finest selection of brews made both locally and globally. They provide a true brewery experience, producing the beer in the basement right under your feet. With a fabulous patio and vibrant atmosphere, you won’t want to miss this spot.
To round out your trip, visit Maxline Brewing. A favorite spot for locals and tourists, the brewery has a large patio and a dog-friendly tap room. Bring your dog and sip on some incredible brews while getting a view of three fermenters working on new additions to their selection.
Goose Island is widely regarded as the best brewer in the Midwest, and with two locations on the North side of Chicago, there is no excuse not to try it. With a beautiful tasting room and energetic atmosphere, it’s no wonder that they house some of the rarest beers in the world. Check out this Chicago staple and enjoy experiencing its unique heritage.
In an up and coming neighborhood nearby, Marz Community Brewing Company is a young and trendy brewery that holds a deep appreciation for the city of Chicago and its hidden gems. With local art decorating the walls and live music, it’s the perfect way to get to know the city of Chicago from those who know it best. Check out their Karaoke on Marz every other Thursday night or place an order for one of their unique blends online for pick up and skip the long line.
New York City, New York
If you find yourself craving a new kind of beer, then Big aLICe Brewing Company is the place to go. A farm brewery located in both Brooklyn and Queens, their menu includes foods like sweet potato and lemongrass, making their blends unique, creative, and truly one of a kind. Check out their tap room and get to know the local community.
Another place unique to New York is Coney Island Brewing Company. Located in the heart of Coney Island itself, visitors can enjoy a beer from one of their eight brewed beers on tap before catching a tour of the on-site brewing facility. Go and check it out in person to try some of their limited release brews and then head directly to the amusement park for some fun rides and laughs.