9 Bucket List Beer Experiences Around the World That Every Beer Lover Needs to Try
Life’s too short to miss out on beer adventures! Check out these beer-themed attractions and activities for beer lovers and travel lovers around the world.
By Clara Jaide on Nov. 01, 2021
As the end of the year approaches, it’s the perfect time to start planning your bucket list. Obviously, the items on your bucket list should consist of beer attractions, activities and experiences, right?
We’ve compiled a list of 9 unique beer experiences from around the world that every beer lover needs to try at least once in their lifetime! If we’ve learned anything over the pandemic, it’s that life is too short to skip out on anything that has to do with beer.
The Best Beer Attractions to Visit From Around the World
Durango Brew Train
Do you like beer and beautiful scenery? And we’re not just talking about your regular ol’ hike! Durango and Silverton Brew Train is a historic narrow gauge train that takes you on a beertastic experience from Rockwood Station to Cascade Canyon. The train ride features tasting and some education from brewmasters all while enjo While at Cascade Canyon, guests will enjoy lunch, live music and more beer. During the return trip to Rockwood, dessert and coffee will be served. These are adult only trains. Everyone must be 21+ with valid ID.
Prague, Czech Republic
If you’re looking for some R&R (rest and recovery) on your beercation, then Prague should definitely be on your bucket list! Czech Republic isn’t just know for their Pilsners! “Beer spas” are a popular tourist attraction where you can feel rejuvenated with beer ingredients. Original Beer Spa also sells a line of handmade bath and body products made with ingredients like, brewer’s yeast and hop extracts which “possess excellent moisturizing, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities.”
Tour one of the world’s largest breweries–the home to Heineken Beer, right in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is already a must-visit city, but the Heineken Experience takes it to a whole new level. From a brewery tour to visiting some of Amsterdam’s most incredible attractions, The Heineken Experience is something that every beer lover needs to try out. “Start your day at the former Heineken® brewery in the heart of Amsterdam, where you’ll learn all about our perfectly brewed beer and the rich history of the Heineken® brand,” the beer giant says on their website. “It only makes sense to take a canal tour next and explore more of Amsterdam’s cultural heritage, where our tour guide will tell you stories about the city. You’ll end the day at the highest point in Amsterdam, at the A’DAM Lookout, where you’ll have a bird’s eye view of the historical canals and buildings.”
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Waking up in a brewery sounds like a dream! The DogHouse Hotels and Kennels Hotels are the world’s first chain of craft beer hotels created by BrewDog. The boutique hotel features a huge brewery, fascinating beer museum and incorporates beer in every aspect from the decor to the aromas. “From your room, you can see, hear and smell our sour beer feeders and take it all in.” The brewery says on their website. “Head down for a beer-paired breakfast. Spend time reading the latest brewing books. Even sit back with a draft beer poured from your room’s very own BrewDog tap.” That’s a beercation you’ll never want to leave!
Squamish, British Columbia
Okay, so this one isn’t entirely about beer, but it features some of the best craft beers that British Columbia has to offer, whilst enjoying incredible scenery. This gondola/BC tour features stops at Shannon Falls, the third tallest waterfall in BC and a ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola, which reaches heights of 885 meters above sea level. “You will be treated to a splendid view of Howe Sound area and surrounding coastal mountains, which will certainly take your breath away.” according to the Sea to Sky website. “We end our Squamish visit with a craft beer tasting at one of the local’s favorite breweries.” A must see? We think so!
Another beer spa for ya! Thermal Beer Spa in Budapest gives a unique “beer bath” experience incorporating beer ingredients! “The Bath Master will show you the dry ingredients: hops, malt, yeast and a beer salt that are added to your wooden bathtub filled with 36 degree hot medicinal water.” The spa says on their website, “The hops are probably the most well known ingredient of beer so it’s no surprise that this is the one that relaxes you.” The ingredients are said to have beneficial effects on the skin, immune system, blood circulation, and even helps treat sleeping disorders.*
Whether or not you’re a fan of Guinness beers, you know the brewery is monumental. Guinness offers 3-hour tours of their massive brewery that includes a walk through their underground passenger tunnel, exclusive beer sampling, beer and food pairing and you even get a cool little souvenir to take home! If you ever find yourself in Ireland, take a walk through the St. James’s Gate!
If you’re a true beer lover, you’ve likely heard of the famous “beer can house”. The home made entirely of beer cans was built in the 1960s by beer lover, John Milkovisch. The Houston home has since become a popular beer monument where beer lovers can go and walk through the home on guided tours. This is a sight every beer lover needs to see with their own eyes at least once!
You know we couldn’t leave the world’s largest Volksfest out of this list! Germany is one of the world’s biggest beer hubs, so naturally, a beer lover should have the whole country on their bucket list–however, to be more specific, Oktoberfest is every beer snobs dream. The German folk festival has an average of 6 million people in attendance every year, all coming together to enjoy a ton of beer! (And rides, food and so much more.)
Did we miss out on a beer experience? Dang!
There’s so many great ones around the globe! If you have one you’d like to share, let us know for a chance to have it featured on our list!
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