Great Breweries to Visit on Vacation

The last decade has seen an explosive growth of craft beer brewing across America, and it can be argued that we are now in the golden age of the art form. The number of breweries has tripled in the last few years, with budding entrepreneurs popping up all over the country, bringing the number of breweries in the US today to almost 8,000. Whether you are a milkshake IPA or a traditional Belgian stout fan, there is undoubtedly a craft brewery near you that promises to satisfy. Here are some of the top breweries in the United States from old-school favorites to new up-and-comers on the scene.

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers

Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers is a locally-owned and operated microbrewery in Framingham, Massachusetts that produces a range of lagers with unique smoothness and fullness. Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby aims to create distinctive lagers made with locally grown ingredients, traditional German brewing standards, and modern American innovation. Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers Brewery and Beer Hall & Kitchen offer 24 beers on tap to taste, including specialty releases that are only available at the brewery, along with wood-fired pizza and other light pub fare. Free brewery tours are offered on Sundays afternoons. 100 Clinton St, Framingham, MA 01702, United States, Phone: +1 508-872-0900

Laughing Sun Brewing Co.

Based in the historic Laskin Building in downtown Bismarck, the Laughing Sun Brewing Co. has been brewing and serving craft brews and ales since 2012. The brewhouse and pub span 1500 square feet, a quarter of which is devoted to the brewhouse, which is set behind glass and can be viewed when entering the building. The pub features a custom-made concrete bar that can seat up to 65 people for tastings and special events. There is a stage at the back of the room where local artists showcase original material each Wednesday and Saturday, and the south wall of the pub displays the work of different local artists every three months. Signature beers include the Feast Like a Sultan IPA and the Whippin’ Post Pale Ale.

107 N 5th St, Bismarck, ND 58501, USA, Phone: +1 701-751-3881

Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor

Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor is a hip and homey brewery with two locations in New York that is home to a craft beer bar and an art gallery and hosts an array of events throughout the year. With locales in Greenwich Village and Morningside Heights, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor serve an extensive beer list with 24 rotating taps and 35 to 40 bottles on offer comprised of a combination of domestic craft and imported brews, ciders, and regular beers. Patrons can choose from flights of six, 12, or all 24 drafts served on a special tray that keeps the glasses fresh and enjoy a host of events ranging from craft beer and wine tastings to art exhibitions and lectures.

26 W 8th Street, New York, NY 10011, Phone: (646) 678-5263

Lazy Hiker Brewing Co.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding mountains of North Carolina, Lazy Hiker Brewing Company is a locally owned and operated brewery in Franklin that takes its name from the nearby Appalachian Trail. Founded by a team with a passion for beer and a love of the great outdoors, Lazy Hiker Brewing is situated in Franklin’s former town hall and fire department and serves their range of delicious brews to hikers, locals and visitors alike. The 15 barrel brewhouse creates signature beers including Trail Mate Golden Ale, Slack Pack IPA, Wesser Evil Porter, Needmore Ale, Sunsplash Grapefruit IPA, Amblin’ Amber Ale, and Twentymile IPA.

188 W Main St, Franklin, NC 28734, USA, Phone: +1 828-349-2337

Lift Bridge Brewing Company

Lift Bridge Brewing Company is Minnesota-based craft brewery in Stillwater that produces limited-release and experimental beers, including the flagship beers Farm Girl Saison® and Hop Dish® IPA. Founded in 2008 by four homebrewing friends, the brewery has grown into the state’s seventh-largest craft brewery and now produces over 20,000 barrels every year. The brewery uses locally sourced and natural ingredients to create a range of brews, including a non-alcoholic craft root beer and Hard Seltzers in 12oz slim cans. Visitors to the Lift Bridge Beer Company can enjoy guided brewery tours and taproom tastings throughout the week.

1900 Tower Dr. W, Stillwater, MN 55082, United States, Phone: +1 888-430-2337

Barley Brown’s Brew Pub

Barley Brown's Brew Pub is a family-owned brewery and restaurant that produces a range of small-batch, hand-crafted beers and delicious farm-to-table cuisine in a laid-back and relaxed setting. Boasting a comfortable yet lively atmosphere, the large brewery has tin ceilings, and wooden booths where visitors can sample the range of tasty brews on tap and tuck into mouthwatering cuisine such as jalapeño chicken pasta, Kobe burgers, and eggplant Parmesan. Owner Tyler Brown has won numerous awards for his IPAs, and now produces other highly acclaimed brews such as a killer imperial stout and unique chili beers. Barley Brown's Brew Pub is open every evening except Sunday.

2190 Main St, Baker City, OR 97814, United States, Phone: +1 541-523-4266

Confluence Brewing Company

Confluence Brewing Company is a microbrewery in Des Moines, Iowa that produces a range of year-round, seasonal and limited release, barrel-aged, and bottle-conditioned creations. Founded by John Martin and Sean McClain in 2012, Confluence Brewing Company focuses on creativity and craftsmanship when producing beers. The taproom is in the same building as the brewery and features views of the brewing equipment, adjustable table and booth seating, and a dog-friendly deck and beer garden that backs onto the Gray’s Lake bike trail. Visitors can enjoy guided tours of the brewery, sample over 30 brews on tap, along with a limited selection of wines, and frequent live music events throughout the year.

1235 Thomas Beck Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315, United States, Phone: +1 515-285-9005

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co. is a down-to-earth brewpub that creates handcrafted, artisanal beers using locally sourced ingredients from Arizona’s vast agricultural community. Inspired by the beautiful and diverse state of Arizona, the Gilbert-based brewery was founded by Jonathan Buford and Patrick Ware, who first began producing high quality, artfully-crafted, and wildly creative beers in 2010. Today, the brewery produces about 2,000 barrels a year, including over 100 one-of-a-kind specialty beers such as the unique Picacho Pecan Pie Brown Ale, which is made with six whole pecan pies, maple syrup, vanilla beans, and hand-cracked pecans. The tasting room on Arizona Avenue is open Monday through Sunday, and brewery tours can be arranged.

721 N Arizona Ave, Gilbert, AZ 85233, United States, Phone: +1 480-497-273

Blackfoot River Brewing Co

Founded in 1998 by three passionate homebrewers and beer-lovers, Blackfoot River Brewing Company is a vibrant microbrewery and taproom that produces a host of craft beers that can be enjoyed in a hip taproom and outdoor patio in the summer months. Using the highest quality ingredients and a 15bbl brewing system, Blackfoot River Brewing produces German-inspired beers, wheaty ales, and smooth dunkels, such as Strawberry Mint Kolsch, a Kolsch-style ale infused with fresh strawberry puree and mint leaves; a Mexican Chocolate Stout inspired with chilies, chocolate, cinnamon sticks, and vanilla bean; a Haskap Berry Cream Ale infused with fresh Haskap berries; and a Azacca dry-hopped Organic IPA with mango, pineapple and some pine and tangerine-style qualities. Blackfoot River Brewing Company is open seven days a week and offers ten beers on tap, a traditional beer engine each week, free popcorn, and growlers to go.

66 S Park Ave, Helena, MT 59601, USA, Phone: +1 406-449-3005

Chandeleur Island Brewing Company

Named for the Chandeleur Islands off the coast of Mississippi, Chandeleur Island Brewing Company is a locally-owned and operated brewery based in a beautifully restored historic building in downtown Gulfport. The brewery has a laid-back pet-friendly taproom that serves a full lineup of draft beer, including seasonal IPAs, regular brews, and pre-released beers, and visitors can enjoy both public and private group brewery tours, which includes a beer of choice and a pint glass or snifter glass to keep. Chandeleur Island Brewing Company hosts a variety of events each week from live music, trivia nights, teacher nights, and more.

2711 14th St, Gulfport, MS 39501, United States, Phone: +1 228-701-9985

Founders Brewing Co.

Located in the heart of the Cass Corridor in Detroit, Michigan, Founders Brewing Co. is a famous Grand Rapids brewery and hip taproom that produces and serves seasonal, house-brewed beers, and classic American bar fare. The brewery produces a wide variety of brews, including year-round, nitro drafts, seasonal and barrel-aged series, limited and mothership series, all of which can be sampled in the tasting room. The brewery boasts a massive, industrial space with a large bar, and a patio with fire pits, and a Founders store for beer and merchandise to go, and the taproom hosts an array of events such as live music, special breakfasts and more.

456 Charlotte St, Detroit, MI 48201, United States, Phone: +1 313-335-3440

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Founded by Eric McKay and Patrick Murtaugh in 2011, the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is an award-winning producer of brews and drafts in Richmond, Virginia. Located across two buildings between the Diamond and the Fan districts in Richmond, the brewery prides itself on being eco-friendly and sustainable, with 100% of their electricity coming from renewable energy sources such as wind, biomass, and solar power. The 12,0000 square-foot warehouse space produces a variety of brews including Single Belgian Abbey-style Blonde Ale, Cream Ale, Pils German-Style Pilsner, Capital Trail Pale Ale, and reserves such as Sidamo Coffee Stout, Peach Tripel, and Raspberry Stout. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has three taprooms in Richmond, West Creek, and Charlottesville, and hosts an array of events each week.

820 Sanctuary Trail Dr, Richmond, VA 23238, United States, Phone: +1 804-418-3548

Icicle Brewing Company

Icicle Brewing Company is a rustic brewpub that produces a range of award-winning craft brews using locally sourced ingredients such as water from Icicle Creek, malted barley from a maltster in Vancouver, Washington, hops from the Yakima Valley, and yeast from a lab in the Columbia River Gorge. The Icicle Brewing Company Tasting Room boasts views over the Production Facility, which features large stainless-steel tanks full of future ale and lager, and a chilled cavern housing the ready-to-drink brews. Knowledgeable, beer-loving staff are in the tasting room to answer any questions and assist visitors on their craft brew journey. The tasting room is open Monday through Sunday.

935 Front St, Leavenworth, WA 98826, United States, Phone: +1 509-548-2739

Marble Brewery

Founded in 2008, Marble Brewery is a 30,000-barrel brewery in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that produces classic and seasonal styles, including the signature Double White. The brewery is the second largest in New Mexico, producing a range of award-winning brews that can be sampled at two satellite taprooms in the Northeast Heights and on the West Side, as well as at its main brewery and taproom in downtown Albuquerque. Signature beers include Double White, India Pale Ale, Red Ale, Pilsner, Wildflower Wheat, Oatmeal Stout, Cholo Stout, Desert Fog, and Passionate Gose, along with a selection of exclusive and seasonal beers.

111 Marble Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, United States, Phone: +1 505-243-2739

Mother’s Brewing Company

Mother's Brewing Company is a friendly, locally owned and operated craft brewery located in Springfield. Based inside a historic building dating back to 1902, the brewery’s stylish interior was designed and built using reclaimed materials, including wood, lamps, and other accents taken from the original building. The brewery produces an excellent selection of brews and ales, including the year-round Towhead, an American blond; London’s Burning, a smoky porter; and the seasonal Spring Batch, a delicious farmhouse-style ale. All of these beers and more can be tasted and enjoyed in the tasting room, and guided tours of the brewery are available on request, offering visitors the chance to learn more about the beer-making process, the ingredients used, and the industry as a whole.

Mother’s Brewing Company, 215 S. Grant, Springfield, MO, USA, Phone: +1 417 862 0423

River City Brewing Company

Set along the St. Johns River with spectacular views, River City Brewing Company is a fine-dining restaurant and brewery on the Southbank of downtown Jacksonville that serves contemporary cuisine and handcrafted brews. The casually elegant 325-seat restaurant serves a menu of dishes created with global flavor, including fresh seafood, tender steaks and chops, creative chicken dishes, handmade pasta options, and Chef’s daily creations. The brews menu features handcrafted beers made with traditional brewing methods, including Jackson Pale Ale, Kentucky Bourbon, the seasonal Nutty Floridian Pecan Brown Ale, the Laughing Lizard Lager, and the Grand Raspberry Wheat.

835 Museum Cir, Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States, Phone: +1 904-398-2299

Tired Hands Brewing Company

Tired Hands Brewing Company is a Belgo-French cafe-brewery in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, that specializes in Belgian and French farmhouse ales and American hop-forward ales in small batches. Founded in 2011 by Jean Broillet IV, the locally owned and operated independent brewery in Ardmore produces just 1,000 barrels per year, while a second more massive brewpub known as the Fermentaria produces 10,000 barrels per year. Both locales have tasting rooms and brewpubs where visitors can sample the award-winning ales and enjoy delicious farm-to-table fare such as locally produced cheeses, meats, pickled items, and seasonal produce with freshly baked artisanal bread.

35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, PA 19003, Phone: (484) 413-2983

Wasatch Brew Pub

Established over 30 years ago, Wasatch Brewery & Utah Brewers Cooperative paved the way for the Utah craft beer scene, despite the strict state laws allowing such establishments to exist. Located in Park City, the brewpub was the first of its kind in the state, and today is enjoying wide popularity with its attitude-filled brews that are inspired by local culture. Founded in 1986 by Greg Schirf, the company currently operates five brewpubs and a wine and ale house with a wealth of award-winning brews that are well-known all over the state. Signature beers include the Polygamy Porter: a dark, brown porter whose name plays on Utah’s history of polygamy in the 19th century, and the light, crisp German pilsner, Provo Girl. Wasatch draft and packaged beers are available in several states across the country.

Wasatch Brew Pub, 250 Main Street, Park City, UT, USA, Phone: +1 435-649-0900

3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Brewer and producer, 3 Floyds Brewing Co., has been creating and serving award-winning, handcrafted beers for the past 23 years. Founded in 1996 by a father-and-son trio, the iconic brewery began as a dilapidated five-barrel system in the mid-1990s and has grown into one of the best-known breweries on the scene, cracking the ‘Top 50 list of Brewing companies’ in 2018. Located in Munster, Indiana, the brewery produces a variety of beers with Floyd's Dark Lord being the premier barrel-aged beer, comprised of coffee, Mexican vanilla, and Indian sugar and dubbed as a ‘demonic Russian-Style Imperial Stout.’ 3 Floyds Brewing Co. brewpub is open seven days a week for tastings and tours.

Munster, Indiana

Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Brewing Company is a Belgian-style brewery in Portland that produces a rotating selection of limited-edition German and British style beers brews. Founded in 1995 by Rob Tod, the small, 15-barrel brewery produces a variety of bottle-conditioned, double fermented ales with hints of Curaçao orange peel, coriander, wheat, barley, and other spices. Signature brews include Black - a Belgian-style stout; House - brewed in the style of a traditional of Belgian house; Saison – a Belgian farmhouse-style ale; Dubbel – a Belgian-style Dubbel; Tripel -a Belgian-style Tripel; White – a Belgian-style wheat beer; and CURIEUX - Belgian Tripel aged in bourbon barrels for seven weeks. The brewery is open for tastings in the retail store every day, where visitors can sample three-ounce pours of four different beers for free.

50 Industrial Way, Portland, ME 04103, USA, Phone: +1 207-878-5385

Black Tooth Brewing Company

Located at the base of the majestic Big Horn Mountains in the heart of the Wild West, Black Tooth Brewing Company is Sheridan Wyoming’s most highly awarded brewery that has been producing handcrafted quality craft beers for the past eight years. Owned by chef-turned-brewer Travis Zeilstra, the small-town Wyoming brewery opened its doors in 2010 as a small 10-barrel brewhouse and quickly grew to the multi-million-dollar production facility that produces more than 50,000 barrels a year. Flagship beers include Bomber Mountain Amber Ale, Saddle Bronc Brown Ale, and Hot Streak IPA, while seasonal offerings range from Copper Mule Lime and Ginger Cream Ale to Tour Bus Passion Fruit and Blood Orange Summer Ale. Black Tooth Brewing Company is open seven days a week for tastings and tours.

312 Broadway St #3917, Sheridan, WY 82801, United States, Phone: +1 307-675-2337

Firestone Walker Brewing Co.

Firestone Walker Brewing Company is a regional brewery in Paso Robles that produces a range of exceptional pale ales and craft beer. Founded by Adam Firestone and David Walker in 1996, Firestone Walker Brewing Company provides a variety of seasonal beers, including the Lion and Bear, Proprietor’s Reserve and Vintage Series, and ‘Collabrewtives.’ Visitors can enjoy daily guided tours of the brewhouse and cellar, learn about the history of the brewery and the beer-making process, and sample some of the beer, followed by a delicious bistro-style lunch at the Taproom Restaurant. Weekday tours are complimentary and last about 30-45 minutes while weekend tours charge a small fee. Space is limited for the trips, so it is recommended to booking advance.

1400 Ramada Drive, Paso Robles, CA 93446, Phone: (805) 225-5911

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse

Highlands Hollow Brewhouse is a laid-back brewpub in Boise, Idaho, that serves handcrafted beers on tap and casual American fare in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Opened as the Brass Lamp in 1992, Highlands Hollow Brewhouse is the oldest microbrewery in Boise and has been a North-End favorite for years with exposed wooden rafters and an extensive collection of coasters from seven western states. The brewhouse serves a range of award-winning brews, including ales, pale ales, stouts, IPAs, porters, and amber ales, along with hearty farm-to-table fare and fresh-baked artisanal bread. Live music and other events are hosted at the brewhouse throughout the week.

2455 N Harrison Hollow Ln, Boise, ID 83702, United States, Phone: +1 208-343-6820

Russian River Brewing Company

Russian River Brewing Company is a brewery in downtown Santa Rosa, California, that specializes in strong India pale ales and sour beers. The 50 barrel production brewery has a 20 barrel brewpub and distributes its beers throughout California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Oregon, and has tasting rooms in Santa Rosa and Windsor. Signature brews include American Aud Blonde, Pliny the Elder Double India Pale Ale, Russian River Porter, Benediction Abbey-style Double, Damnation Golden Ale, and Erudition Saison. Barrel-aged brews include Beatification, Compunction, Framboise For A Cure, and Sanctification, and an array of beers can be tasted in the tasting room in Windsor, which has long, communal tables, an open kitchen, and comfortable outdoor seating.

700 Mitchell Ln, Windsor, CA 95492, United States, Phone: +1 707-545-2337

Wooden Legs Brewing Company

Wooden Legs Brewing Company is an independent craft brewpub in downtown Brookings, South Dakota, with 21 taps of local and regional craft beer and a menu of farm-to-table fare such as gourmet deli sandwiches, hoagies, and wood-fired cracker-crust pizzas. An industrial-style taproom is spacious and bright with comfortable seating, and an open kitchen creates a variety of delicious cuisine for lunch and dinner. House taps include Wild Hare Ale, Deadwood Gold, Farmhouse Ale, Little Red Top Irish Ale, Mellotron IPA, Without A Doubt, and more. The taproom also serves a small selection of ciders and casual wine and is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

309 5th St #100, Brookings, SD 57006, United States, Phone: +1 605-692-2337