Multi-brewery tours are a great way to get your feet wet in a new city’s craft beer scene. These tours can provide in-depth knowledge of an unfamiliar area, as well as show you the best places to grab a cold, craft beer. They are especially valuable for new craft beer enthusiasts, who want to learn more about the many aspects of beer.
While there are hundreds of brewery tours around the country, there are a few that stand out from the rest. Getting from brewery to brewery on these tours could be a short walk, or even a boat ride down a river. So whether you’re new to an area or just visiting, be sure to check out these tours for a great time.
1. Milwaukee, WI: Riverwalk Boat Tours
Hop aboard the Brew City Queen II as it cruises down the Milwaukee River to visit places such as Lakefront Brewery and the Milwaukee Ale House. The Riverwalk Boat Tour’s Sunday Brewery Cruise is America’s only three-stop brewery tour by boat!
2. Detroit, MI: Motor City Bike & Brew Tours
Steve Johnson, president and founder of Motor City Brew Tours, recently combined his love of beer with his love of bikes. The 3-4 hour tours include about ten stops that visit brewery sites from the past and present. This tour is BYOB (Bring Your Own BIKE), but rentals are available.
3. Fort Collins & Boulder, CO: MyHandleBar
MyHandleBar offers tours on custom 16-passenger bikes for you and 15 of your closest friends (and a designated driver) . Riders are welcome to customize their own route and stops or sit back and let the guide plan the trip.
4. Portland, OR: The Portland BrewBus
The Portland BrewBus offers tours with three or four stops, and focuses on educating visitors about Portland, its history, and the importance of local ingredients in brewing. Find out exactly why Portland is often considered the number one beer city in America.
5. Asheville, NC: Asheville Brews Cruise
For three years running, Asheville has been dubbed BeerCity USA; and with eight breweries within city limits, there’s no question why. On the Asheville Brews Cruise, visit breweries such as Highland Brewing Co., Pisgah Brewing Co., and Asheville Brewing Company, as well as some of the local pubs and bars.
6. San Diego, CA: Brewery Tours of San Diego
San Diego County boasts about 30 craft breweries, so it’s easy to see how a craft beer visitor could be overwhelmed. With Brewery Tours of San Diego, visit places like Port Brewing, The Lost Abbey, Alesmith, and Karl Strauss Brewery for a taste of what San Diego has to offer.
7. New York City, NY: Urban Oyster NYC Walking Tours
Described as a “pub crawl with a purpose”, Urban Oyster takes visitors to the beer bars of Manhattan focusing on proper serving techniques, tasting tips, beer styles, and craft beer appreciation.
What multi-brewery tours you have been on? What was the best part of the tour?
Anthony Orig is the current Craft Beer Program Intern at the Brewers Association. He attends the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be graduating in December 2011 with degrees in Environmental Studies and Geography. As an avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys craft brews the most after long days of exploring in the mountains. Still new to the craft beer brewing world, he looks forward to learning more about the industry and meeting the people behind the beer. Follow his daily beer and mountain adventures on Twitter.