Brewery Tours That I've Done
In no particular order (although Yuengling is my favorite) here is a list of brewery tours that I've participated in since I was of age.
1. Yuengling Brewery
Since my grandparents lived in Pottsville their whole life, I've probably been on the Yuengling brewery tour close to a dozen times.
As America's Oldest Brewery, there is quite a lot of history to discover here. Especially interesting is the caves that you get to walk through as part of the tour where they used to store the beer.
On my latest trip to the brewery, I made a vlog episode on my YouTube channel. Check it out.
2. Samuel Adams Brewery
Another great brewery tour is the one at Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston. The guide for my particular tour in 2016 was very knowledgeable and engaging.
|A picture of the barrels, vessels, and tanks from inside Samuel Adams Brewery|
Sam Adams Brewery tours are only open Thursday through Sunday at certain time, so plan ahead.
3. Kona Brewing
In 2014, I went on the Kona Brewing Company tour on the Big Island of Hawaii. During our three hours there, we had a small tour and tasted lots of beer.
|The front of Kona Brewing Co. on the Big Island of Hawaii.|
In addition to complimentary tasting glasses, we walked out with an aluminum growler full of Liquid Aloha to go.
4. Brooklyn Brewery
A few of my friends and I made the trip from Hoboken over to the Brooklyn Brewery back in July 2016. After waiting in line outside for a while to get in (please note it was a Saturday in the heart of the summer), we finally got inside and did the tour.
|Panorama inside the Brooklyn Brewery in NY.|
Currently, tours of the Brooklyn Brewery run Tuesday through Friday with free tours on Sunday.
5. Grand Teton Brewing
As part of our vacation that year, my family and I stopped by the Grand Teton Brewing Company in 2015 for a quick tour of the facility and a few tastes. We spent less than an hour there, but got to see the brewery in action.
|Bottle production inside the Grand Teton Brewing Company.|
While they don't formally offer tours on their website (probably because of the pandemic), they do have a taproom and it's worth a stop to see things in action if you are passing through.
6. Lancaster Brewing
This relatively small brewery and restaurant in the heart of Lancaster offers tours by request during the week and by reservation on the weekend.
|A flight of a dozen Lancaster Brewing Co beer with the on tap menu in the background.|
I went here with my friend in August 2015 and we polished off a flight of 12 Lancaster Brewing Co beers. This was before I realized I had a phone interview with Google that afternoon! I took the interview in the parking lot of the brewery. The beer must've helped because I got through to the next round.
7. Tröegs Brewing
In addition to $12 brewery tours, Tröegs has a taproom with a wide selection of draught beer available for tasting.
|Flight of beer at Troegs Brewery in Hershey, PA|
Also in August 2015 (actually on the same day that I visited Lancaster Brewing), my friend and I visited Tröegs in Hershey.
8. Guinness Open Gate Brewery
The Guinness Brewery in Baltimore is very unique as it is the only Guinness brewery in America. This large facility includes a brewery, taproom, restaurant, store, and beer garden.
|Sign at the Baltimore Guinness Brewery.|
I visited the Guiness Brewery in Baltimore during the after party for one of my friend's wedding in December 2018. This was only months after the brewery
While we didn't do a formal tour, we did a self-guided tour and got to see a lot. Even though I'm not a huge Guiness fan, I would definitely like to go back.
9. Double Nickel Brewing Company
Pennsauken Township, NJ
The bachelor party for the aforementioned friend's wedding above was a tour of Philadelphia brewery tours. The company City Brew Tours took us around Philly and even into New Jersey for an hour tour and tasting at four different breweries. This was the first stop.
Double Nickel doesn't seem to offer brewery tours to the public, but you can still do there to their taproom.
10. Roy Pitz Brewing Company
Roy Pitz was the second stop of the bachelor party for the aforementioned friend's wedding above.
As of August 2022, Roy Pitz has been rebranded to Liquid Art Brewing Company.
11. Yards Brewing Company
Yards was stop #3 of the bachelor party, and at this time because of the pandemic, brewery tours have been suspended. The taproom is still open.
12. Love City Brewing
The last stop of the bachelor party in Philly was Love City Brewing. Like the others, tours don't seem to be available to the public; however, the taproom is open for tasting and food.