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The 15 Best US Breweries to Tour and Taste

Back Forty Beer Company: Gadsden, AL

Alabama craft beer pioneer, Back Forty Beer Company, got its start on borrowed equipment, brewing in Lazy Magnolia’s facility in nearby Kiln, Mississippi. Today, you can visit the brewery and taproom in Gadsden, Alabama. They also serve up eats, like the Bearded Burger alongside Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale.

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Service Brewing Co.: Savannah, GA

Service Brewing Co. is a veteran-owned and operated business that gives a portion of its revenue to charities that support U.S. armed servicemen and women. Labels like Ground Pounder Pale Ale, Compass Rose IPA, and Scouts Out Honey Saison echo the patriotic vibe of this brewery. 

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Lazy Magnolia: Kiln, MS

For some, a beer-brewing kit can make a nifty Christmas gift. For Mark and Leslie Henderson, founders of Lazy Magnolia, it made a business. The oldest packaging brewery in Mississippi and the first since Prohibition, Lazy Magnolia’s tours come complete with samples and swag.

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Fullsteam Brewery: Durham, NC

This plow-to-pint brewery and tavern uses local grains and produce—a practice that gives its beer a distinct southern flavor and supports North Carolina farmers. This pooch-friendly establishment welcomes kids till 9 p.m. The bar has snacks, but feel free to bring your own grub or hit up the food trucks parked outside.

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Jester King Brewery: Austin, TX

This quaint farmhouse brewery is nestled in beautiful Texas hill country. Native yeast and local grains and fruits are the key to Jester King’s interesting and delicious wild ales and beers. Snörkel is one such product. It is a farmhouse ale brewed with local oyster mushrooms and alderwood smoked sea salt. 

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The Rare Barrel: Berkeley, CA

Pucker up for the offerings at this sour-only brewery. Since its 2013 debut, The Rare Barrel has been aging batches of sour beer in oak barrels, each for an average of 9 to 12 months. Pair the vanilla-strawberry-peachy Dubious Pursuit or citrusy Arrows of Neon with a $5 grilled cheese and pickle.

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Upright Brewing: Portland, OR

Oregon’s first farmhouse brewery ferments a variety of yeasts in open-top vessels. Upright Brewing’s German-inspired production methods turn out flavors such as, the tart-tasting Four Play, hint-of-orange Donuts, and spicy, smoky Young Saison Vert. 

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Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project: Denver, CO

An open fermentation process produces these sour beers, porters, wild ales, and other artisan brews. Visit The Source, a cool building in Denver’s River North District, to grab carry-out from an artisan food vendor and bring it to Crooked Stave’s tap room. You can savor the flavors of Nightmare on Brett, Petite Sour Reserva, L’Brett d’Or, and many more.

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Maui Brewing: Kihei, HI

Hawaii’s largest brewery produces labels like Coconut Hiwa Porter, Blood Orange Lorenzini, and Bikini Blonde Lager. Maui’s beers are available at both brewpub locations, Lahaina and Waikiki. A $15 tour includes a visit to the facilities, a taste of the flagship beers, a souvenir glass, and a token for a regular-size beer. 

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Samuel Adams Brewery: Boston, MA

Jim Koch brewed the first batch of Samuel Adams Boston Lager in 1984 and helped start the craft beer revolution. Tour this award-winning brewery any day except Sunday to taste the malts, smell the hops, and sample brews. The tour is free, but a $2 suggested donation benefits families in the community. 

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Pottsville Brewery: Pottsville, PA

America’s oldest brewery was established in 1829 by German immigrant David Yuengling. Still operated by the Yuengling family, Pottsville Brewery crafts ales, lagers, pilsners, and porters. The closed-toe-shoes-required tour will take you through fermentation caves.

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Selkirk Abbey: Post Falls, ID

The Belgian-style beers served up in this abbey-themed taproom are brewed over an open fire. Named for northern Idaho’s beautiful Selkirk Mountains, Selkirk Abbey is situated at the southern base. It’s beers have religious-themed monikers such as, Chapel, Deacon, Infidel, and Guilt.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.: New Glarus, WI

This green beer biz is committed to the environment. Their sustainability practices are illustrated by two solar arrays, which they use to heat the water for the beer. Glacial Trail IPA and Mud Puppy Porter are just a couple delightful drinks you can enjoy in the taproom. Plan your free tour for Friday at 5 p.m. or Saturday at 3 p.m. 

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Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.: Gilbert, AZ

The first brewery in Gilbert, Arizona crafts an always-changing artisanal selection. The taproom has a robust menu designed with perfect pairings for Peloncillo Porter, Refuge IPA, Superstition Coffee Stout, or whatever chaser you choose. 

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Rooftop Brew Co.: Seattle, WA

Located on the Ship Canal Bike Trail, this dog and kid-friendly brewery and taproom is open seven days a week. Try interesting brews like Glorious Basker, a blood orange wheat beer. Bring your own food or grab something from the Curbside Burgers & Brats food truck in the driveway. 

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