Nothing says summer better than a good old-fashioned road trip. But how do you choose where to visit? There are plenty of historic locations in our country worth exploring. Still, we think that seeing the sites should be complimented with a cold, refreshing beer. So, we’re here to help you plan. We’ve narrowed down seven ideal destinations keeping one thing in mind—that each pit stop has been rated one of the best U.S. cities for beer.
Often referred to as “America’s original beer town,” Boston is a thriving historic city filled with delicious eats and beautiful architecture. But that’s not all. Breweries such as Sam Adams, Harpoon and Trillium rule the area. Take a tour and enjoy some free samples—you won’t be sorry.
Next stop, the city of brotherly love. In Philly’s Center City, you’ll find momentous beer-filled taverns that have dominated the streets since the city’s founding. Not to mention the many breweries to explore, such as the ever popular Pilsner or Nodding Head, a tasty microbrew. Once you’ve had your fill, you’ll probably want to make a trip to Jimmy’s on South Street for a traditional Philly cheesesteak.
In this youthful center, many bars and restaurants reside around booming Sixth Street. Beer paradises like Black Star Co-OP thrive among Austin’s relaxed culture. Some breweries even have a strong eco-focus—Hops & Grains uses recycled grains to produce dog biscuits. So join the crowd and discover Austin’s entire assortment of distinctive brews.
San Diego, CA
Complete with thirty plus breweries and its own IPA category, sunny San Diego contains several beachside breweries. From Mission Brewery, to Lost Abbey, there’s a selection for everyone. Dying to be near the ocean? Check out Stone Brewing and their newly opened waterfront location right in downtown San Diego. As the day dwindles to an end, don’t forget to visit Hotel Solamar’s craft brewery night—it’s the perfect way to complete your beer-filled evening.
San Francisco, CA
Within San Fran’s Bay Area exists many micro and nano-breweries. Specializing in local flavors, breweries like Moonlight Brewing Company utilize ingredients such as redwood twigs and cedar bark in their mixtures. Nearby is also Anchor Steam Brewery and New Albion Brewing, the first microbrewery to open in the nation. At the well-known Clift hotel, the Redwood Room bar is the ultimate place to wind down at the end of your day.
Further North in Portland, you’ll find more breweries concentrated in one location than any other city in the world. From Deschutes Brewery to Hopworks Urban Brewery, there are numerous craft beers to taste. Portland’s quirky hipster culture makes the city an exceptional destination and a worthy candidate for the number one best U.S. city for beer lovers.
Denver’s copious amount of beer options will make you feel like you’ve already had too much to drink. Still, you should start your brewery hop at none other than the city’s original craft brewing company, Wynkoop. From there, stop by Denver Beer Company, Blue Moon Brewing Company, and the famous Coors headquarters. If you’re road trip happens to extend into the fall, spend some time at the Great American Beer Festival, the largest and most popular celebration of beer in the entire country.
So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag, jump in the car, and buckle up.