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With summer in high-gear, the opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors with a cold craft beer is upon us. We’ve highlighted five different breweries and campgrounds that are worth exploring one sip at a time.
Because of all the ports and harbors that line the coast, hundreds of tourists visit this region every summer. Between the crab and lobster in Maine and the clam chowder in Boston, beer enthusiasts will love being able to pair their beer with the delicious food of the Northeast.
What to Drink: Wachusett Brewery - Westminster, MA 01473
The Wachusett Brewery has been making distinct and delicious beer for the past 20 years. With 18 varieties to choose from including a summery blueberry ale and dark milk stout, no palate will be bored. The brewery tour is incredibly popular, so reservations are recommended.
Where to Stay: Lamb City Campground
Located just 19 minutes from the brewery, Lamb City Campground is bordered by the Johnny Appleseed Trail and the Mohawk Trail. With ample room for activities, guests can enjoy swimming, fishing, basketball and volleyball tournaments, biking and hiking trails, and canoeing.
When in the South, it’s usually all about country music and BBQ. But with the help of Cigar City Brewing in Tampa Bay, Florida, a reputation for quality craft beer is developing.
What to Drink: Cigar City Brewing - Tampa, FL 33607
This brewery boasts more than 24 varieties of brews including sours, IPAs, lagers and more poured in a spacious tasting room. The brewery is known for its impeccable Imperial Stout and its inventive concoctions such as the Right Side Up Pineapple Cake Lager, Guava Grove Sour Ale, and Chicory Dickory Choc Brown Ale.
Where to Stay: Bay Bayou RV Resort
Located just 25 minutes from the brewery this campground is also close to the beaches, and only one mile from Busch Gardens so guests have ton of options when it comes to choosing vacation activities.
The Midwest has a multitude of breweries to choose from, and being surrounded by lakes, forests, and open land, makes for great camping opportunities too.
Where to Drink: Summit Brewing Company - St. Paul, Minnesota 55102
Before tap rooms were seen as a neighborhood staple, Summit was quietly tucked away in St. Paul. Now, Summit continues to put out new brews that are considered some of the most sought after beer in the region.
Where to Stay: Town and Country Campground
Located just 20 miles from the brewery, Town and Country Campground has all the features that guests would expect while staying in the land of ten-thousand lakes. The campground is surrounded by stunning biking, hiking and nature trails with plenty of water activities like swimming and fishing as well. Campers are also a short drive from the Mall of America, The Minneapolis Zoo, and Mystic Lake Casino.
With the Rocky Mountains as a backdrop, there are tons of places to enjoy a craft beer in this region. Some of the country’s most well-known breweries can be found here, as well as hundreds of smaller up and coming options.
What to Drink: New Belgium Brewing Company - Fort Collins, Colorado 80524
New Belgium began in 1989 when the founder was still delivering beers on his bike. The brewery quickly turned into one of the most respected in the country and now offers free tours of the facility. While Fat Tire is the flagship beer of New Belgium, there are plenty of other varieties to enjoy here as well.
Where to Stay: Riverview Park
Less than 20 minutes from New Belgium’s brewery, Riverview Park sits in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains along the Big Thompson River. In its backyard is the gorgeous town of Estes Park and Big Thompson Canyon where there is a multitude of activities available from hiking and biking to rock climbing and fly fishing.
With dramatic cliffs along the coasts and an abundance of lush forests, its easy to find somewhere to explore when visiting the west coast. And for craft beer lovers, this region is jam-packed with many of the best breweries in the country.
What to Drink: Elysian Brewing Company - Seattle, WA 98108
Elysian Brewing Company has been brewing since 1996 when it opened in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The company now operates four area restaurants as well as its full production brewery where you can taste their innovative beers like the hoppy Star Dust IPA.
Where to Stay: Trailer Inns of Bellevue
Take a quick 20 minute drive from the brewery to find Trailer Inns of Bellevue, the perfect place to explore the scenery of the stunning Pacific Northwest. Enjoy views of the Olympic and Cascade Mountains and the inspiring 14,410- foot Mt. Rainier while getting active with options that include fishing, rafting, horseback riding and swimming.