Since yesterday was #NationalBeerDay, that got us thinking. How can we book a better beercation? According to Conde Nast Travel writer Amy Plitt, there are a handful of American cities that are killing the craft beer game. Lucky for travelers, these cities are often under loved, meaning low prices on both flights and hotels. We’ll break down this hot list of prime hops and places to crash so you can enjoy some sours and savings on your next craft beer expedition.
1. Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland has become the San Francisco of craft beer with small batch startups dominating the scene. Check out local offerings from Nano, Market Garden and Platform to make the most of your Cleveland stay.
2. Asheville, North Carolina
North Carolina is steeped in beer history with its first brewery opening up in 1774, the Single Brothers Brewery in Salem. Now Asheville is the go-to hotspot for Beer Aficionados who want to sample snappy sours or get serious with a Skillet Donut Stout. Start at Wicked Weed to taste test and take it from there!
3. Minneapolis, St.Paul, Minnesota
Mark my words, Minneapolis is going to be the Portland of next year. The craft brew scene is blowing up so check out 612 Brew, Indeed Brewing and Dangerous Man Brewing to try offerings like Let it Ride IPA and Payback Oatmeal Porter.
4.Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dubbed America’s craft beer city in 2012 and 2013, Grand Rapids owns its status as a craft beer mecca. Check out brewery tours at Founder’s Brewing, HopCat and Grand Rapids Brewing Company for insider brewing tips and tricks.
5. San Diego, California
Hip Hip Hooray for sunshine and good beer. The preferred beer type in San Diego is definitely IPA and you’ll find numerous types on tap at Societe Brewing Company, The Lost Abbey and Stone Brewing Company.