Five Of The Best US Cities For Beer Lovers

After a busy day of exploring, there’s little more satisfying than sipping on a nice cold beer. Intimate watering holes, inventive brews and craft culture is rife across the States. And if that sounds like heaven to you, then you’ll love exploring these beer-centric cities on the East and West coasts…

 

Portland

Craft beer brewery in Portland, Oregon

When a city has a motto like ‘keep Portland weird’, you know a couple of days here could get interesting. And with 60+ breweries, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To get a real taste of the beer culture here while working off those hops, jump aboard a BrewCycle tour and explore ‘Beervana’ in all its glory.

Our faves: Widmer Brothers, Upright Brewing, Hair of the Dog, Gigantic Brewing Company

Visit on our Cities, Sights & Craft Beer Delights (West) tour

 

Asheville

Beer in window in Asheville, North Carolina

Okay, you might not have heard of it – but Asheville, North Carolina, is in the top three U.S cities in terms of breweries per person. In 2009, Asheville was first named ‘Beer City USA’, and has beer styles to suit every taste – from hoppy IPAs to quirky stouts.

Our faves: Asheville Brewing Company, Burial Beer Co, Wicked Weed Brewing Pub

 

Seattle

Neon beer sign in Seattle, Washington

It’s not just Starbucks and Nirvana that made their name in Seattle – in recent years, craft beer has become more and more popular, with plenty of creative ales from all over the world, as well as close to home.

Our faves: Pelican Brewpub, No Anchor, Reuben’s Brews, Pike Brewing Company

 

New York

Brooklyn Brewery

As well as being excellent for just about everything else, New York, unsurprisingly, has a brilliant beer scene. Mix sightseeing with tastings as you see the city, staying in the hip Brooklyn neighbourhood, where craft beer is king.

Our faves: Brooklyn Brewery, Brouwerij Lane, Circa Brewing Co., Covenhoven

Visit on our Cities, Sights & Craft Beer Delights (East) Tour

 

San Francisco

Toronado bar sign in San Francisco

The ‘City by the Bay’ is home to one of the most famous breweries in craft beer’s history – Anchor Brewing, the country’s first and oldest craft brewery. Explore the hip streets of Haight Ashbury, and take a stroll along the stretching seafront – with plenty of sipping stops along the way!

Our faves: Anchor Brewing, Cellarmaker, Toronado, Thirsty Bear, Seven Stills 

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