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The Best Craft Breweries in America

by Travelbag on 01 December 2017, 10:12AM

From bootlegging and prohibition in the Twenties, to California’s world-reknowned wines – America’s love affair with booze has had its ups and downs. Right now, though, beer is on the up. In 2016, America had a record 5,000 breweries open nationwide. Not a great time to be going into the beer business, but it's a great time for beer-drinkers to visit the States.

We’ve assembled a short list of some of our favourite craft breweries. We’ve gone for real craft – by which we mean traditional, small-time, non-mechanised production of distinctive beer. So, if you’re planning a holiday to San Francisco, Boston or California’s San Diego, read on and add a tasting tour to your American itinerary.


Mikkeller, San Diego

Gypsy brewer Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and his Ale Smith Brewing Company accomplice Peter Zien have been collaborating out of their San Diego brewery on Cabot Drive since April last year. The Raspberry Blush from the core range is an intensive first-of-the-day beverage but Mikkeller will have you starting earlier than you’d planned with their Beer Geek ‘Breakfast’ and ‘Brunch’ brews.

Find other great things to do on your American West Coast holiday.


Harpoon, Boston

Best known for its India Pale Ale, Harpoon produces numerous award winning beers. If you’re on holiday in Boston, call in for a year round, seasonal or special batch pint at the Harpoon Beer Hall. Take in the Boston skyline as you alternate between the salty crunch of German style pretzels that inspires thirst and the cool refreshing beer that quenches it.

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Fremont, Seattle

Fremont has three locations across the Emerald City. The Fremont East and West breweries take care of production and the Urban Beer Garden a short walk from Gas Works Park is open from 11am – 9pm every day. There’s ‘games to play’ (we assume this is board and drinking games) and the staff are friendly and well informed. ‘Bring your own food’ rules apply, excluding the complimentary apples and pretzels.

Planning an American getaway? Take a look at our other USA holiday options.


Ommegang, upstate New York

Belgian wheat beers in the heart of upstate New York. The nearby Inn at Cooperstown offers the Bed & Brew; transportation and a multi-course food and beer pairing dinner. Otherwise, there are tours and inexpensive tastings daily. It’s a ten minute drive between the Inn and the Brewery but if you’re here in the fall, ditch your driver and walk the two hours back to your accommodation, taking in the colours of the autumnal foliage along the way.

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Rogue Ales, Oregon

Started back in 1988, Rogue Ales is as involved in the farming process at is the brewing; they grow their own hops and malting barley and any other ingredients they require for their beers, such as pumpkins and honey. Their flagship brewpub overlooks Newport’s bay front and has a party room for birthdays or gatherings. It’s also perfectly situated for a before/after walk into Yaquina State Park which has a historic lighthouse and acres of ocean dunes and forested bluff.


Book your holiday to the USA today. Or, for more beverage-related inspiration, read about the top 5 wine destinations in America and Canada.

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