For centuries beer has been one of the most popular drinks in the world. According to sources, beer is the forth most consumed beverage behind coffee, tea and orange juice…excluding water of course. With beer’s worldwide consumption, and breweries big and small dotting the globe, where can the best brewery tours be found? Points Reckoning takes a look, so pour yourself a cold one and read on.
Guinness Storehouse Tour – Dublin, Ireland
Who doesn’t love a pint of Guinness? Drank the world over, Guinness is the most popular stout produced. Every night club around Dublin pours the black liquid for locals and tourists alike.
The Storehouse is for any beer fan visiting Dublin. There you can learn about the history of Guinness as you tour the different exhibits. In all, there are seven floors to explore. Visit the Perfect Pint Bar to pour your own perfect Guinness and then head to the Brewery Bar for a taste of real Irish cuisine. Wash it down with pint of Guinness like a real Irish lad or lass. Finish off the tour on the top floor at the Gravity Bar for a full view of the great city of Dublin.
Heineken Experience – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Heineken is synonymous with Amsterdam, and a visit to the city wouldn’t be complete without having a cold one at one of the city’s bar. Unfortunately, today Heineken is often overshadowed by Amsterdam’s marijuana-selling cafes and red light district. But Heineken helped make Amsterdam what it is.
Heineken’s Amsterdam brewery was the first one built by the company. Today, it features an interactive tour for beer connoisseurs. Take the tour and explore how the golden lager is produced. Once you have worked up your thirst, you will sample five of Heineken’s premium beers while nibbling on fine Dutch cheeses. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Coors Brewery Tour – Golden, Colorado
At one time, Coors beer was unavailable east of the Mississippi River. Due to pasteurization laws in the US, Coors was a rarity in the eastern half of the country. The inability to get the golden lager regularly caused it to gain a large following in some states. It also influenced plenty of people to hide it in their car’s trunk to transport it to thirsty beer drinkers who couldn’t get it in stores.
In fact, former US president Dwight Eisenhower would have the beer flown to him in the White House to consume. Amazingly, before 1976 Coors was only available in 11 states and didn’t become a national brand until ’91. But enough about the history, you will learn that on the Coors’ tour.
The Golden brewery is the world’s largest single-site brewery. There, you will be able to self-tour the site before finishing with some cold Coors’ samples. It’s a taste of the Rockies in the Rockies.
Becks Beer Tour – Bremen, Germany
Beer was first brewed in Bremen in the 11th century. It is safe to say Germans take their beer seriously, and Becks is one of the country’s most loved; especially in Bremen.
Before you get to sample the beers, the Becks’ tour offers visitors insight into the brand’s brewing techniques. There is also the chance to view the ingredient store and the brew house. Finish off with a look around the Becks’ museum and then lose yourself in delicious Becks beer samples. Es ist köstlich!
Stella Artois Brewery – Leuven, Belgium
Depending on where you reside, Stella Artois may be seen very differently. In the US it is a slightly upscale, hipster beer. In the UK, it is a beer to get drunk on thanks to its 5.2% alcohol content. Hence the reason Stella 4% was released in the UK and tastes even better.
In Belgium, Stella is a top brand in a country of beer lovers. In fact, many of the craft beers in the US have been influenced more by Belgium’s beers than by anyone else.
What makes the Stella tour great is there are different tours for people to take. Each tour is geared to a different audience. So, if you are keen to learn about the process of brewing the beer, there’s a tour for you. If you prefer to learn about the beer’s history, there’s also a tour for you.
When all is said and done, you can enjoy a cold Stella no matter which tour you choose.
Want to Learn More?
Take a look at The Beer Book: Your drinking Companion to Over 1,700 Beers, a great read while you’re crossing the pond.