Craft beer in America is more popular than ever. Today’s drinkers become more educated by the day and the breadth of choices available to them has never been so extensive. This is great for lovers of beer, and beneficial on the supply side in addition to a high-quality product created by friendly, local brewers means consumers will pay for good beer.
It is no longer uncommon for enthusiasts to plan a brewery visit into their vacation. In fact, the opposite is trending: Plenty of people actually plan their vacations around a great beer destination. Here are 10 recommended cities to visit on your beer-based travels.
- San Diego, California
AleSmith’s consistently excellent IPAs, stouts, porters, and barleywines impress critics year in and year out.
Right down the road from AleSmith is one of SoCal’s better-known craft breweries: Ballast Point, with 27 taps and specialty drafts.
Green Flash Brewing is also in the neighborhood, and bring your appetite: there’s often a food truck waiting outside.
A short drive east down the I-8 leads to the Alpine Beer Company, home of some of the world’s best IPAs. It is not well established why the best IPAs seem to come from rural breweries (Hill Farmstead, Kern River, Alpine), but they are.
2008 saw San Francisco’s acclaimed Toronado open a sister location in San Diego. This craft beer bar has 56 draft lines and an impressive bottle list. Plus, they often create excellent limited brews for their special events.