What better way to get to know the locals than by finding a city’s hidden watering holes. Take a one-day beer tasting tour in some of the country’s popular metro areas and have a great time socializing, learning about the rich cultural history of the town, and tasting some of the best local brews. The best part of these guided and escorted tours is that you’re free to enjoy yourself without worrying about transportation or getting lost.
Portland’s small scale breweries have helped create a laid back social atmosphere in the unique city. Many of the city’s microbreweries only distribute their beers locally, so if you want to sample Portland’s finest, you must travel to them. Take the Fermented Northwest Tour in Portland and visit three breweries and choose to enjoy either a pint of your favorite beer, or get the sampler to experience a full taste of what Portland has to offer.
Take the Philadelphia Local Beers Tour and get to know Philly on foot while searching for the town’s best beers. This walking tour begins in the evening at City Hall and ends at bustling Rittenhouse Square. Learn Philadelphian’s rich cultural history as you sip beer and mingle with the local after-work crowd. The tour includes stops at 3 happy hour hotspots, with one beer at each stop, for a total of 3 beers, included with the tour.
Begin your Historic Downtown Houston Pub Crawl Tour at the historic Lancaster Hotel and wander through the streets of Houston with the freedom to decide which bars and pubs you want to stop at. Learn about the ghosts of Commerce Ave., visit the trendy art district, and, finally, end at Stage Canteen, a World War II circus-themed bar in the basement of the Lancaster Hotel.
San Diego, California
While not strictly a beer tour, the San Diego Old Towne Trolley Tour is a great way to get to know one of California’s top microbrewery hotspots. Buy a pass and from 9am to 5pm you can get on and off the trolley wherever and whenever you please. Some local hotspots that shouldn’t be missed include Rockbottom Restaurant and Brewery, AleSmith Brewing Co, and Karl Strauss Brewing.
Enjoy one of these adult-friendly vacations with a group of friends or your sweetie, either way you will get a taste of local life in these bustling U.S. cities, and possibly walk away with a new favorite brew.
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