5 Great Get-Aways for Him

What Could Be Better Than A Beercation!? Finally, summer is nearly here and it’s time to think about getting away from the daily grind and having some fun! And who is more deserving of a break than the hard-working man in your life? If he’s a craft beer enthusiast, at least one of these destinations is sure to please. With the number of breweries operating in the United States expected to near 8000 by the end of 2019, there is no shortage of great beer destination vacation spots to visit with your BierGardeValise™. What better way to beat the summer sizzle than to mix great outdoor vacation activities like boating, hiking, and swimming with some of the best refreshing craft beer in the country?  Here are our top picks for some amazing and memorable man-centric vacations (but don’t worry ladies, you will love these too!):

Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado

[caption id="attachment_34860" align="alignnone" width="720"]Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado Odell Brewing Co., Fort Collins, Colorado[/caption] Did you know that Fort Collins is home to more than 20 breweries that produce 70% of Colorado’s craft beer and 7% of the nation’s? That’s why it has earned the designation as Colorado’s craft beer capital. In the summer, Fort Collins offers stunning views, great weather, crisp air and plenty of outdoor activities including exploring Old Town or hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Many of the city’s breweries are located within walking or biking distance of one another, making it easy to tour several breweries in a day. In the midst of Colorado’s beauty is Odell Brewing Co. Be sure to visit and taste their award-winning Easy Street Wheat while you enjoy the sprawling taproom, food trucks and live music. Odell Brewing is now the 22nd largest craft brewery in the country distributing beer to just 18 states. While the brewery crafts a variety of beers, its roots are built on British styles. They take great pride in the pioneering advances they have made in developing innovative beer styles and brewing techniques. To Book a Beer Tour: 800 East Lincoln Ave Fort Collins, CO 80524 970.498.9070 https://www.odellbrewing.com/

Prison City Pub and Brewery, Finger Lakes Beer Trail, NY

[caption id="attachment_34856" align="alignnone" width="700"]Prison City Pub and Brewery, Finger Lakes Beer Trail, NY Prison City Pub and Brewery, Finger Lakes Beer Trail, NY[/caption] The Finger Lakes Beer Trail makes the list as a great beat-the-heat summertime vacation spot for beer lovers.  There are a daunting 100 plus breweries/brewpubs and tap houses/tasting rooms to explore in this area. That’s plenty of great beer to sample when you’re not enjoying a lake cruise or relaxing on the beach. While there, you’ll want to visit Prison City Pub and Brewery where you can sample the wide selection of beers and enjoy a snack, entrée or dessert. In the short time, the brewery has been open, they have garnered National attention with:
  • A silver medal for their Belgian Pale Ale, Bleek Worden, at the 2015 Great American Beer Festival
  • Being declared Paste Magazine's #1 American IPA (out of blind taste of 247 submissions) in June 2016 with their Mass Riot IPA (a "New England Style" IPA).
In addition to these accolades, Prison City Pub & Brewery consistently grabs attention at brewfests around NYS and beyond with their other sour beers like Cherry Poppins and Cool Hand Cuke, along with fan favorites such as Puff Puff Shiv, a brown ale dosed with 50 boxes of Cocoa Cocoa Puff Cereal. To Book a Beer Tour: 28 State Street, Auburn, NY 13021 315.604.1277 https://www.prisoncitybrewing.com

Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine

[caption id="attachment_34857" align="alignnone" width="700"]Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, Maine[/caption] Along with being a foodie and beer mecca, Portland, Maine is one of the most gorgeous destinations in the United States, offering panoramic views of Casco Bay, cascading waterfalls at Jewel Falls, and dog-friendly rocky shore beaches. In the summertime, there is no shortage of great outdoor activities including fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, and whale-watching. And we can’t forget the beer! A visit to Portland would not be complete without a stop at Allagash Brewing Company. This Belgian-inspired brewery offers a year-round beer lineup representing the full spectrum of Belgian brewing-from interpretations of classic styles to original and unique creations. Make sure to try their celebrated Allagash White which is brewed with oats, malted wheat and unmalted raw wheat for a hazy, “white” appearance.  This signature brew is spiced with Allagash’s own special blend of coriander and Curacao orange peel to give it a complex but refreshing flavor. At Allagash, they would love to show you around and are open for beer pours and brewery tours seven days a week! To Book a Beer Tour: Allagash Brewing Co. 50 Industrial Way Portland, ME 04103 800.330.5385 https://www.allagash.com

Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, North Carolina

[caption id="attachment_34864" align="alignnone" width="700"]Highland Brewing Company, Asheville, North Carolina Highland Brewing Company Rooftop Bar accommodates 300 people[/caption] A visit to historic Asheville, North Carolina may be just the getaway you need! As a brew tour destination, Asheville’s 30 plus breweries offer something for everyone, from hoppy IPAs to dark stouts and everything in between. In 1994, Asheville’s original brewery, the Highland Brewing Company paved the way as the first brewery to open in Asheville since Prohibition. This independent, family-owned brewery is located on a hilltop in a rehabilitated manufacturing facility and is a stop you will not want to miss. Here visitors can enjoy limited release beers, tours, and live music 6 times a week.  A rooftop bar that can accommodate 300 people was added in 2016. Year-round beer selections include Highland’s Gaelic Ale with its rich, malty body that pairs well with any meal or the golden and crisp Pilsner that was named a “World Class” beer by Beer Connoisseur, just to name a couple. In addition to the incredible beer, there is no shortage of activities in the Asheville area. You can take a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, visit the 250 room Biltmore Estate, and enjoy great food, museums and outdoor markets. If you can’t make the trip this summer, a fall visit offers views of the beautiful fall color of the Blue Ridge Mountains.   To Book a Beer Tour: Highland Brewing Company 12 Old Charlotte Highway, Suite 200 Asheville, North Carolina 28803 828.299.3370 https://highlandbrewing.com

Level Beer, Portland, Oregon

[caption id="attachment_34866" align="alignnone" width="1500"]Level Beer, Portland, Oregon Level Beer, Portland, Oregon[/caption] When it comes to great beer, Oregonians have a saying, “Craft beer is not a beverage, it’s a lifestyle.” This is a place with clean, pure water and hops growing in abundance; a place that was instrumental in pioneering the way to today’s craft brewing industry. In Portland and the Portland metro area alone there are over 140 craft breweries to choose from, making this city one of our top picks for a ‘must do’ beercation destination. One of the newer breweries you will not want to miss is Level Beer, located on a 2-acre former produce market in Northeast Portland. Level Beer was founded in 2017 with the mission to bring easy drinking, lower alcohol ales, and lagers to the masses of East Portland and beyond. With a penchant for nostalgia and a raucous sense of humor, Level aims to provide a family-friendly, relaxed atmosphere with beer styles for all. Here you can enjoy a tasting room, greenhouse beer garden, food carts, and a large outdoor space with games and a hop field. The brewery has a 20 barrel production brewhouse as well as a 2.5 barrel pilot system which allow for continued experimentation and innovation. Hoppy beers, barrel-aged beers, and sour beers are all included in their line-up. Pay them a visit and see which one is your favorite! To Book a Beer Tour: Level Beer 5211 NE 148th Avenue Portland, OR 97230 503.714.1222 https://levelbeer.com/ Whether you prefer to taste your way to that perfect IPA, Wheat or Saison, the perfect get-away is out there waiting! Craft beer tourism or “Beercations” are about discovery, passion, and community. Beercationers love to meet and share their experiences and their passion for the art that is craft beer making. Are you ready to pack up and go yet? When you are, make sure to take along your VinGardeValise® suitcase with beer inserts or your BierGardeValise™ suitcase so you can bring the memories home with you.
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