America’s 5 Best Brewery Tours
Gone are the days when spending time in a bar having a few drinks was enough. The ongoing love affair with craft beers has caused people to be curious about what goes on behind the scenes at the breweries where these beers are produced. The good news is that there’s plenty of scope to see exactly what goes on, and still taste a few beers along the way.
Many breweries are opening their doors to customers. They recognize how valuable this can be in developing and maintaining good customer relations. If you have an event coming up, such as a bachelorette party or a birthday, why not take advantage of this openness and try out one of the 5 best brewery tours we have identified.
The Atxcursions Brewery Tour in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is home to a brewery tour which takes in more than one brewery. This brewery tour in Austin by Atxcursions provides an excellent opportunity to take a look behind the scenes at three local micro-breweries. Anyone participating on the tour gets to samples some beer. You don’t have to worry because the price of the tour includes transport to and from your pre-arranged pick-up and drop-off points, as well as throughout the tour. The tour can also be customized to meet the needs of the group.
Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory in South Burlington, Vermont
It’s free to take a tour of the Magic Hat Brewery and Artifactory. If you want an experience that’s a little different then this just may be for you. You can take one of the guided tours, or just take to the tour ramp yourself. From here you can have a look at what is going on behind the scenes. You won’t forget this fun and quirky tour in a hurry.
Lagunitas Brewing in Chicago, Illinois
Lagunitas is a familiar sight in California where it’s based. Now it’s moved to Chicago and opened its doors for you to take a look. Tony Magee, the founder of the brewery, is a Chicago native and has taken the brand home. The building itself is vast and a little magical. Visitors are even greeted by the strains of “Pure Imagination” from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It’s a pretty cool viewing experience for anyone who has an interest in beer and its background.
Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, Missouri
There are several different options to choose from if you want to take a tour of Boulevard Brewing Company. You can take part in a public tour which is completely free of charge, during which you get to see the brewing process. You can also opt to take a tour which is inclusive of food and drink. A third tour option gives you the chance to immerse yourself even further into the workings of the brewery.
Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, New York
Cooperstown is probably best known for being the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, but it’s also the venue for Brewery Ommegang. The tour of this brewery has a reputation for being both entertaining and amusing. The tour is free but there is a charge if you want to take part in the optional beer tasting.
Whether you want to stay near to home, or you want to go further afield to try some of the beers that people often travel to taste, a brewery tour is a great experience. It’s a lot of fun and can be educational at the same time.
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