America's Best Breweries to Visit

04/16/2013 04:13 pm ET | Updated Jun 16, 2013

2013-04-16-2marylandflickr_AmberWavesRally.jpgSpirited travelers, take heart. Vineyard vacations, those storied but staid trips filled with incomprehensible tasting notes and pricey takeaways, are not the only option. These days, some of the hottest trips for thirsty travelers are decidedly closer to home (Photo Credit: Flickr/Amber Waves Rally).

Welcome to Beer Country, USA. From Ommegang's all-star beer game in upstate New York to sustainable brews and bikes in Portland, Ore., the country's best craft breweries are bringing elevated taste to beer. Following up on our list of 50 Beers in 50 States (below), we traverse the country while highlighting some of the best breweries to visit.

These trips might not be Robert Parker-approved, but will rank highly on any culinary traveler's radar. Depending on where you visit, you can take a tour, frequent nearby food trucks, catch a concert, play a game of pool, or take home a few liquid souvenirs. Many offer family friendly visits, too. So, leave your passport at home. We're headed on a coast-to-coast tour of America's best craft beer scenes.

- Emily Saladino, The Daily Meal

America's Best Breweries to Visit