The explosion of the craft brewery scene over the past few years is stunning. According to the Brewers Association, at the end of 2017, there were 6,266 craft breweries in the U.S. Of that 6,266, 2,252 are brewpubs, 3,812 are microbreweries, and 202 are regional craft breweries. With so many places available to check out, you want to be sure you are hitting up the most interesting ones of all. What’s awesome about craft breweries is that many of them will host trivia or game nights, have events, and live music. There are those few out there that go above and beyond that, offering extremely unique tours. Which ones you ask? Keep reading to see the best of the best craft breweries that offer the most epic adventures!
The First Craft Brewery
What a dream come true to see the first and oldest craft brewery in America. Anchor Brewing in San Francisco was there when people flocked to California in search of gold. Their tasty suds are handmade from an all-malt mash in their traditional copper brewhouse. While Anchor Brewing still holds true to their roots, they’ve added some state-of-the-art methods. Their highly-recommended brewery tour includes a recap of their long history, a walk through the three floors of the brewery, and of course, a tasting!
A Haunted Brewery
If you are a craft brew fanatic and love a good scare, head over to the Maumee Bay Brewing in Toldeo. Once a hotel and now a tap room, the Oliver House was one of the first buildings in Toledo as the city was in the midst of growing. The hotel eventually became a medical center during the Spanish-American war. Soldiers either walked out its doors with a clean bill of health or passed away within its structure. It is said that some of these spirits stuck around and many visitors claim to see a ghostly soldier figure known as “The Captain” walking about the hallways. You’ll want to visit in October when the brewery hosts haunted tours. Will you see The Captain?
A Church Brewery
Church turned brewery? Hard to believe, but it’s true! The Church Brew Works in Pittsburgh, PA took over the St. Johns church after it was put under an act of suppression by the Diocese of Pittsburgh due to lack of funding. Church Brew Works took over the dormant building and revamped it into a brewery. All it needed was a little TLC to bring the beautiful architecture back to life. The brewery features four quality brews to enjoy while exploring the building and its history.
Bed & Breakfast & Brewery
Make a weekend out of touring a craft brewery by visiting one that pairs as a bed and breakfast. The Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont not only offers beer but a ton of activities to experience in the area, making it the perfect getaway. The story of the brewery’s history dates back to WWII when the Trapp family fleed from the Nazi’s in Germany. They eventually settled in Vermont and opened up a lodge. It wasn’t until 2010 did the idea of having a brewery onsite arise. What makes it even more fun is that the history of the Trapp family was the inspiration of the infamous movie, The Sound of Music. Rent the movie while sampling a flight of all 12 of their beers.
As you wind down the end of the year reflecting on the breweries you visited, consider taking a trip to one of these in the coming new year. You won’t want to miss out on these epic tours!