Love Beer? Here Are 5 of America’s Coolest Brewery Tours to Hop into on Your Next Trip! Suzy Guese October 27, 2016 Food & Drink, Top US Destinations This blog post was updated on July 28, 2021. If you’re a beer fan (and really who isn’t these days?) then brewery tours can be a fun and unique way to sample brews made on site and also to see the process for making quality beers. So if you want to know what really goes into that bottle in your hand and to throw back a few cold ones, make a point to take a brewery tour. Of course, not all brewery tours are equal — some just take their tours to a level way above others. From visits that take you right through the hop fields to a glimpse at the first wind-powered brewery in the U.S., here are five of America’s coolest brewery tours! Anchor Brewing A photo posted by Anchor Brewing (@anchorbrewing) on Oct 2, 2016 at 2:03pm PDT While you will need to make a reservation perhaps months in advance, the Anchor Brewing’s tour is worth the wait. Two guided tours are offered each weekday by reservation. You’ll walk through three floors of the brewery and experience the taste of San Francisco history. Lasting around 1.5 hours, Anchor’s tours also include a tasting. The brewery remains the first and oldest craft brewery in the U.S. with roots dating back to the California gold rush. Post tour you can sip on a flight of selected Anchor beers, all handmade from the malt mash in their traditional copper brewhouse. Brewery Ommegang A photo posted by Brewery Ommegang (@breweryommegang) on Sep 8, 2016 at 8:29am PDT Set up in Cooperstown, New York, Brewery Ommegang showcases a different side to brewery tours. Cooperstown was once the epicenter of U.S. hop production in the 19th century. The brewery, in fact, occupies the former grounds of a hop farm. Started in 1997, Brewery Ommegang presents a farmstead brewery across 136 acres. It became the first farmstead brewery built in the U.S. in over a 100 years. Tours include hop field demonstrations and a visit to the open fermenter. What makes Brewery Ommegang even cooler is its HBO partnered line of Game of Thrones themed beers. Lakefront Brewery Set up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Lakefront Brewery has become a sort of landmark in the city. What began in 1987 is now one of Milwaukee’s most beloved spots to grab a cold one. The 45-minute brewery tours go through the entire brewery. While you will have to fork over $9 on weekdays for the tour and $10 on weekends, you’ll also take home a souvenir pint glass and a sampling of 4 6-ounce pours of beer. What makes Lakefront Brewery unique is that you can see where the first beer to be certified organic in the U.S. was made, the Organic ESB. Lakefront Brewery also offers more technical tours on Sundays. Geared toward the home-brewer, these tours are a bit more in-depth and conclude with a food pairing with Lakefront brews. New Belgium A photo posted by New Belgium Brewing (@newbelgium) on Oct 14, 2016 at 2:34pm PDT Right in Fort Collins, Colorado, New Belgium tends to be a favorite brewery tour experience in the U.S. The 90-minute tours around the brewery are appropriately accented with beer samplings along the way. You might even get to sample a beer that hasn’t been released yet. Producing top quality Belgian style ales, New Belgium is unusual in that it was the first wind-powered brewery in the U.S. The lively tours can be accompanied with a beer in the on-site tasting room, before or after the tour. You may also like: Must-See Sites to Add to Your Munich Oktoberfest Agenda! Dogfish Head A photo posted by dogfishhead (@dogfishhead) on Oct 21, 2016 at 6:38am PDT Ready to book cheap domestic flights to coastal Delaware? Well, if you love beer you definitely should, because Dogfish Head has long made a name for its quirky brews! You will be greeted by steam punk tree houses on the front lawn of the brewery, all the way from Burning Man. The tours then take you through the brewhouse, cellars and bottling area for around 60 minutes. If you imbibe a bit too much, there is even a Dogfish Head inn down the road to check into for the night. The brewery tour here is more serious than some others as you’ll need to wear closed toed shoes. Have you been on a cool brewery tour in the U.S. that we missed? Share your favorite brewery tour with us in the comments section below!