Craft Beer: Behind the Scenes Tours
Beercations are a great way to enjoy two of your favorite things: Beer and Vacation. Plan a brewery tour or take advantage of the many organized city-wide brewery tours that big beer cities have to offer. We are sure you won’t regret it.
By Shira Kogut on Jul. 18, 2017
On Beercations, most people plan to visit their favorite breweries for a drink, but something people often underestimate is the power of an awesome brewery tour. Making the time for a tour or tasting, if it is offered, enhances the total beer experience. You’ll learn how your favorite brew was made from start to finish often from the brewers themselves. This is an incredible opportunity to ask questions that have always been on your mind like:
“What inspired you to make this beer?”
“Of the beers you make, what’s your favorite & why?”
Brewers love awesome questions like those because it gives them the opportunity to tell you and other consumers about their passion which is something that goes beyond the small blurb on the bottle.
Want something a little more in depth?
Try a city brewery tour!
These tours offer you the opportunity to visit several breweries in one day as opposed to just one. You can find them in a city you are visiting or even play tourist in your own city. You may be surprised to learn about some new breweries that have popped up.
Here are some examples:
Organized tours are great because they take all the planning and logistical work out of the equation. You can just sit back and enjoy. If, like me, you are a sucker for planning or want to visit other breweries not on their lists; go the Do-It-Yourself route.
How to Plan DYI Brewery Tour
- Pick a destination
- Choose a few of your favorite brewers in that city
- Check if they offer tours and then book yourself on those tours
- Make sure that you read carefully how long the tour takes and give yourself enough time between each one.
- We highly recommend booking a cab or an uber between each place, so that you can enjoy all the beers you want and also not worry about getting lost and missing your tour. Here are more suggestions for drinking responsibly.
Here are some Ale Trails to help you with your planning:
PDX Ale Trail (Portland)
Check’em out and let us know what you thought!
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