A List of Guided & Self-Guided Brewery Tours
The new pub crawl, a brewery tour gives you some fun beer education alongside your craft brew bevvies.
A decathlon of beer-drinking feats that test your strength and fortitude.
Arguably the Greatest of All Drinking Games.
Brew tours are given in three different ways. They include:
- Guided Tours (Multiple Breweries)
- Guided Tour (Single Brewery)
- Self-Guided Tours
What are brew tours good for?
Brewery tours are great for Bachelor/Bachelorette parties, Club Outings, Corporate Team Building events, Engagement Parties, and of course, pub crawling in general. It's best to keep the group manageable, so 6-12 people is ideal. If your party is larger, see if you can book a second (or third) Party Bus.
You could throw your good buddy a super soft birthday party by chartering a brewery tour where every craft beer sampled was a kettle sour with added sugar making it taste like a funfetti cupcake.
What do you "tour" in?
A typical brewery tour will be conducted in a Party Bus. Up in Portland, Maine, some folks run walking brew tours. Either is fine and both have benefits and drawback.
And then sometimes you just conduct your own tour.
How long does a typical tour last?
In general, guided brewery tours take approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. 3 seems to be the magical number, as you will generally stop at 3 breweries as well. You will also probably receive 3 beer tickets. It's the Law of Three in full affect.
Who offers tours?
All of the large breweries offer tours, including Anheuser-Busch, Coors, and Yuengling, the oldest brewery in the U.S.. However, not all tours are alike, as the Budweiser brewery tour is vastly different than touring the Cisco Brewery on Nantucket (above).
In short, if you're in a major city in America and it's Saturday, you can find a tour.