Best Beer Cities in America for Your Bucket List
#1: Portland, OR
For beer nerds, this ‘beervanna’ cannot be missed. Portland currently checks in with an impressive 66 breweries, making it officially the city with the most breweries in the world. Bridgeport Brewing and Widmer Brothers Brewing opened their doors in 1984 and quickly redefined the world of beer as we know it. Through their hard work and re-education of what should be delivered in our brown bottles, fantastic breweries such as Deschutes, Rogue and Hopworks were able to follow in their footsteps.
One of the world’s largest beer festivals, Oregon’s Brewers Festival, is held every year in Portland in late July and brings in over 80,000 beer enthusiasts. The festival judges beers from around the world and also showcases such unique beers as a Berliner Weisse, an IPA with grapefruit and coconut. For the truly adventurous you can even try a beer made with the yeast cultivated from a brewmaster’s beard.
The place to stay:
The Pearl District is a great area to stay when you are in the city. Once an industrial scene, it has now been turned into a chic part of town with art galleries, fine dining, and the historic brewing block. While in the Pearl District you can take a walking brewery tour of Deschutes Brewery & Public House, Fat Head’s Brewery, Rogue Distillery and Public House, BridgePort Brewing Co., Lompoc Tavern and Lucky Labrador Beer Hall that is about a mile from end to end.
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#2: Fort Collins, CO
Any beer lover would be greatly amiss to not visit Fort Collins and stop by one or all fifteen breweries that dot the city. From the hugely successful and completely employee-owned New Belgium brewery to the tiny specialty Saison brewery of Funkwerks, it is hard not to find a beer that pleases your taste buds.
Fort Collins is a town of many beer festivals, but one must see is the Tour de Fat – a biking, drinking, costume party festival sponsored by New Belgium that takes over the city every year. Hosted in September, the festival starts out with a group bike ride across town that gets you a specialty pin and a ton of comradery. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a life-long Fixie rider to enjoy because there are many other things to see and do. Just be sure to show up in your craziest costume or apparel.
The place to stay:
When staying in Fort Collins, a hotel room in Old Town is a must. Be sure you book weeks in advance because space is limited and rooms go quickly. Fort Collins is known for its fantastic biking lanes, so take full advantage and ride like the locals on two wheels.
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#3: Austin, TX
Austin has been known for many things, but beer was not usually one of them. Seeing this giant gap, brewers started filling it with a huge variety of new and classic microbrews. Many of the breweries are located in the majestic Hill Country just outside of Austin, but others are found right in the heart of the city such as Austin Beerworks, Live Oak Brewing Co and Adelbert’s Brewery.
In Austin, the festival to attend is undoubtedly South by Southwest. This festival usually falls around the same time as spring break and rooms will easily book out a year in advance. The entire town is taken over by a giant music festival for over a week where free beer, food, parties, and swag are the name of the game.
The place to stay:
Head down to Rainey Street in Austin and you can spend the afternoon and the evening tasting beers from all over the Hill Country. Hotels can be found on Rainey Street itself, but stay anywhere on Lady Bird Lakeand you’ll easily be able to walk or Uber (which you can access straight from the TripCase app) to the action. If you have the time, take a trip out to the Oasis on Lake Travis. The thirty thousand square foot restaurant not only boasts one of the most beautiful views in Texas, but also hosts a brewery on the top floor, over 450 feet above the lake.
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