Whether it’s cheers, prost or cin cin, drinking beer is a time-honored tradition the world over. But few things beat sipping a brew straight from the source, and brewery tours offer behind-the-scenes looks at production facilities and the processes that go into crafting those sudsy treats. From big beer conglomerates that offer an overview of their expansive operations to smaller craft gems, these brewery tours are a great way to learn about the world’s best beers and even sample a few.
The brewmasters at Chicago’s Goose Island offer a behind-the-scenes tour every Sunday that includes beer samples, pizza and a souvenir glass for $60. Guests can also taste specialty beers at the brewery, including its Bourbon County Stout and IPA. You don’t have to fly to Dublin for a Guinness brewery tour; this Baltimore location offers hour long guided tasting tours that cover the company’s heritage and barrel aging program.
You don’t have to be in Denver for a brewery tour of one of the country’s oldest craft breweries; Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo and Comstock offer free brewery tours daily that include the chance to smell hops and walk through the production facilities. You can even learn how to make a home brew with this company’s DIY kit.
You can get an intimate view of the brewing process at this small brewery that makes just 2,000 cases per day. This brewery offers guided tours that are limited to 15 people at a time and you can make reservations 3 months in advance. During the tour, you’ll get to see how the brewery is made and even taste its flagship beers, such as Torpedo and Strainge Beast.