With Thanksgiving just around the corner, more travelers than ever are trekking to different parts of the country to spend time with friends and family…You might want to add in a visit to one of America’s nation’s almost 6,000 craft breweries this holiday.
And we’ve five ‘must visit’ brewery suggestions fot you, along with the beers ‘must’ try when you’re there.
Hill Farmstead Brewery (Greensboro, Vermont)
Any great beer destination is a combination of quality and vibe…Ideally the beer’ going to be excellent, but a cool location and atmospheric taproom setting just makes for an even better experience. And New England’s Hill Farmstead Brewery’s got all that and more.
Founded by Shaun Hill and built on his family’s Vermont farm in rural Greensboro, Hill Farmstead is just a spectacular place to enjoy serious beer and it’s even more remarkable at this time of year. Must Beer Suggestion: Shirley Mae (On Nitro): American Session Porter
Samuel Adams Brewery (Boston, Massachusetts)
Boston is a prime Thanksgiving destination, and Boston Beer’s Samuel Adams Brewery offers a series of tours that are some of the best in the country.
The Morning Mash-In Tour (every morning at 9:30 am) affords visitors the eye-opening opportunity to explore the brewery and visit their special Innovation Brew House before things get crowded…And who doesn’t enjoy a light beer buzz at 10 in the morning? Also don’t miss the just opened The Bier Keller: Samuel Adams Barrel Aged Experience. Must Beer Suggestion: American Kriek 2015 Vintage
Jester King (Austin, Texas)
Located in Texas’ beautiful Hill Country region, Jester King is an authentic farmhouse brewery committed to mixed culture and spontaneous fermentation and their tasting room is a one-of-a-kind drinking experience.
Their beers are crafted to incorporate their natural surroundings and local agriculture, and they are uniquely tied to a time, place, and people. Must Beer Suggestion: Bière de Syrah, a barrel-aged sour refermented with Texas Syrah grapes
Stone Brewing (Escondido / San Diego. CA)
Stone offers a number of brewery tours and taproom experiences and they’re all wonderful to visit for different reasons. But their two Southern California locations are exceptional.
The mothership Stone Brewing in Escondido is a great place to start, and I’s also home to the original Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens which has now thoroughly grown in and become a beautiful SoCal drinking oasis. Must Beer Suggestion: Stone Xocoveza Winter Spice Mocha Stout
And don’t miss their downtown San Diego Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station location either. It’s an architectural masterpiece located in what was once a US Navy installation and they’ve an independent experimental brewery there, that’s uber-innovative! Must Beer Suggestion: Stone Liberty Station Smoked Baltic Porter
Stone Escondido image credit: Robinson Brown Design