There are more than 4,000 breweries in the US and more than 1,400 in the UK. With so many, how do you decide where to visit? Consider if you'd like to stay in the States or venture abroad. Are you an india pale ale fan, a dark lager aficionado or do you have a tendency to appreciate the lighter pilsner brews?
Sam Adams Brewery boasts six generations of brewing and clearly it has perfected the process. Sam Adams offers more than 50 styles of beer. Plan a brewery tour at the main plant in Boston, Massachusetts. Daily tours are free to the public. You will sample special malts, smell the Hallertau hops, learn about the history of the company and of course, taste some of its award winning beers.
Perhaps many of us associate Guinness with St. Patrick's Day because of its Irish origins, but this brewery should be on your international tour list because of its taste. As Ireland's most popular tourist attraction, it is well worth a visit. The brewery is in Dublin and offers one of the best experiences available. For around $20 you can visit its tasting room and delve into a multi-sensory, flavor journey.
Are you a Yuengling lover? If so, visiting Pottsville Brewery in Pennsylvania should be on your vacation itinerary. Pottsville brewery is America's oldest brewery. Its guided tours take you to the hand-dug fermentation caves that were used to store the beer before refrigeration. Yuengling ages its beer a little longer and uses choice Cluster and Cascade hops that create its unique flavor. With six unique blends, your palate will be delighted.
Pabst Brewing is one of America's oldest beers. It is also the largest American-owned brewery with the Blue Ribbon known to Americans since 1844. Pabst has been a familiar brand, from the streets of Milwaukee to the edges of the nation. Beyond America, Pabst is notable and well-known at the most renowned beer award and cup ceremonies. For a cold, prize-winning brew, visit its brewery and taste more than 30 styles of beer.
Tsingtao is the No. 1 best-selling beer in China. To keep up with demand, it has 69 breweries operating within the country. Tsingtao is partnered with Panda's International and is in the process of adopting a giant panda. The company's belief that it is important to protect these endangered species. Yet another reason to love Tsingtao!
Heineken pilsner is 1 of 3 of the world's largest brewers. It was built in Amsterdam in 1864 and today offers the "Heineken Experience" tour 365 days of the year. Enjoy the interactive experience followed by 2 pilsners at the end of the tour.
Visit the place that brews Corona, Pacifico and Negro Modelo! The Modelo Brewery Tour in Mexico City is available Monday through Friday at 9am, 11am and 3pm. Corona is a pale lager and is 1 of the world's top selling beers. Tours are not available for walk-ins, but you can call or email ahead of time for a reserved spot.
Since 1842, Pilsner Urquell has been creating its blonde lager. It was the first of its kind. Located in the Czech Republic, you can visit their brewery and experience first-hand the unfiltered and unpasteurized taste of their Pilsner Urquell straight from the tap!
Contact one of AAA's travel experts to start planning your brewery touring adventure today. With a multitude of travel opportunities and packages available, they are sure to put together the best itinerary for you.