In case you haven’t noticed, craft beer is becoming what our current president’s favorite word is: “HUUUUGGGE”. From wheat beers, IPAs, lagers, and even stouts, Americans are drinking craft beer more than ever. I hardly see anyone grabbing the ole Miller Lite these days. It’s all about the most unique flavors you can pack into a 16oz glass. Hey, as a beer lover, I’m not complaining. Which is why I’ve got my own list on some awesome brewery towns you have to add to your next road trip.
Pittsburgh may seem like a surprise, but with over 15 breweries, it’s worth checking out. You can grab a Camp Slap Red IPA from the family owned and ran Grist House Brewery, where you’ll be sure to spot some dogs at this dog and kid friendly hangout. Or you can grab a Ginga Wheat, for the folks not obsessed with IPAs like myself, at Roundabout Brewery. Be sure to save room for dinner, because you’ll want to fill up on some meat pies at this brewery.
That’s right y’all, Kentucky isn’t just known for the derby, fried chicken, and amazing bourbon. It’s time to hit up Louisville for some amazing brews too. Venture over to Bluegrass Brewing Company, the oldest brewery in the city, and grab a Dark Star Porter, or even a Raspberry Mead. Or try out Apocalypse Brewery, where the beers are created with the environment in mind, even down to the recycled equipment.
Portland’s friendly neighbor, Bend, is the place for beer and adventure. Whether you spent a long day hiking the trails, or are partaking in apres-ski, the beers here will warm you up or cool you down, depending on your preference. This small town has over 20 breweries, all ready for you to explore! Take your dog to the ever popular Deschutes Brewery with its two story tall pub. Grab some Mirror Pond Pale Ale and relax after your afternoon adventures. Or enjoy some Dark Side Stout with live music over at Silver Moon Brewing.
So yes, this is my current town, but this beer town reputation has been hard earned. Whether it’s from Great Lakes Brewing Co. opening up in the 1980’s, thus starting Cleveland’s Renaissance, or the new breweries popping up like Forest City, you cannot go wrong with beer in this town. In the neighborhood of Ohio City, there’s several breweries on one street! Brewery crawl anyone? First things first, you have to grab either a Barrel Aged Alberta Clipper or Christmas Ale (depending on the season) at Great Lakes while looking over at West Side Market. Then, have a beer flight or glass of mead over at Forest City. I could go on and on, but the beer here is amazing.
Okay, we get it Pacific Northwest, not only do you have gorgeous mountains, you’re on the coast, there’s tons to do outdoors, but you’re also known as being the catalyst of the craft beer movement! Not sure why this portion of the country is full of some of the best breweries around, but I won’t complain, so long as I can get a flight of beers at Fremont brewing. Or head to Reuben’s Brews for the Crikey IPA. Either way, a town with amazing beer and coffee is an alright town to me.
San Diego, CA
Aside from the wonderful year-round sunshine, the brews in this town are next to none. Check out Green Flash Brewing Company for their IPAs and Belgian ales. Or take your taste buds on an adventure with The Lost Abbey, where they come up with new barrel aged or sour beers.
I’m so glad I got to check out this smaller city. I heard so much about this place and came in with high expectations. Thank goodness they not only met, but exceeded all of them! Great beer? Check. Great views? Check. Oh and food? Double Check. A visit to this town means stopping by the ever so delicious Wicked Weed and trying out the Barrel Aged Milk and Cookies or whatever you prefer. Then, you have to check out Bhramari Brewhouse and the amazing Native Violet. You don’t have to wander far to find breweries in this town. They are everywhere and I love it!So there you have it. Amazing brew towns in the US you need to visit. Which ones have you been to? What’s your favorite beer? Let me know in the comments!