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America's Best Breweries to Visit

Posted: 04/16/2013 3:41 pm

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).

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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.

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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

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When Belgian conglomerate InBev acquired St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch in 2008, beer enthusiasts feared for the fate of American brewing. Schlafly Bottleworks, the Gateway City’s proudly independent craft brewery and tap room, presents a bold counterargument. The 20-year-old brewery produces some 50 handcrafted beers per year, half of which are available exclusively in St. Louis. Free tours run on the hour every Friday through Sunday, guiding guests through Schlafly tastings as well as its on-site "brewseum" of St. Louis beer history.

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