As the craft beer industry grows, more and more breweries are opening up their facilities for brewery tours. These brewing adventures give visitors the chance to learn about the process of beer-making, and often include tastings. Brewery tours can be as short as a few minutes to as long as three hours. They are usually free and offer guests a behind the scenes look at a brewhouse, cellar, kegging line, barrel library, laboratory, bottling line and more.
Anchor Brewing Company, the first American craft brewery to open, offers two tour times a day, Monday through Thursday. The free hour and a half tour gives you a brief history of the brewery, a walk through its three floors and of course, tastings. Allagash Brewing, the maker of the elusive 60 Minute IPA, also offers a free, hour-long tour. This tour also includes four healthy samples. The New Belgium Brewery in West Asheville has a few different brewery tours, but the most in-depth is the Beer Geek Tour. This three-hour experience allows guests to learn about the brewery’s history and connection to Asheville, and get a full production facility tour.
The brewery of the world’s oldest beer, Weihenstephan, in Bavaria, Germany, also offers brewery tours. This free, 90-minute experience gives visitors a glimpse into the oldest brewery in the world, which was founded in 1040. The brewery is now home to a museum and an expansive brewery, where tourists can learn about the brewing process in a relaxed environment.