San Diego, Portland, Bend, Denver, Fort Collins, Asheville, San Francisco and Portland (Maine). What do all of these have in common? They’re all great beercation destinations. But what if you’ve already visited all of these destinations or can’t afford to fly across the country and visit some of these places? Are you doomed to repeat the same trips? Or do you never go on another beercation again? Absolutely Not!
The amazing thing about the craft beer industry is that there are always breweries popping up in cities across the nation, creating new beercation destinations for you to visit. Here are 9 great up and coming beer destinations that you may not know about, but need to add to your list for your next beercation.
Often overlooked by Portland and Bend, this college town is another Oregon craft beer destination that should not be missed. Eugene is the home to the famous Ninkasi Brewing, but with over 14 breweries and cider houses, a fantastic food scene and the Oregon Ducks, Eugene makes for one hell of a beercation for any college sports lover.
Along with being the actual capitol of Virginia, Richmond should also be considered the capitol of Virginia craft beer. With its 13 breweries and numerous historical sites such as the Capitol Building and the Edgar Allen Poe Museum, this destination is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts who enjoy taking a step back into the past of the South.
Phoenix and its surrounding cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Gilbert, makes for the perfect beercation desert oasis. With over 30 breweries in the Phoenix area, multiple golf courses and spring training games, this destination is perfect for any all American craft beer lover.
Nestled right in the heart of Texas, this town is perfect for any music loving craft beer enthusiast. Nicknamed Music City for a reason, one can catch a show, go line dancing, get crazy on 6th street and in between, visit to some of the 26 breweries currency brewing in Austin.
5.Los Angeles, California
In the last year, L.A. has really puts itself on the craft beer map thanks to its growing number of breweries in the downtown and South Bay area. In between visits to the beach, stop by a few of the 11 breweries of the South Bay or walk around and admire the murals of downtown’s Art District while walking to and from the the district’s breweries.
This beercation destination is perfect for those of us who are both coffee connoisseurs and craft beer aficionados. Spend the morning trying all the city’s cafes and their morning brews and then spend the evening visiting some of the city’s 55 breweries. Just don’t forget to drink some water in between!
7.St. Petersburg, Florida
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, St. Petersburg is the perfect beercation destination for spring breakers. Spend all day on the Florida white sandy beaches, eat your weigh in Cuban food, catch a little spring training baseball and most importantly, visit some of the 20 quality breweries along the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail.
8.Orange County, California
This county is so much more than whatever the O.C. or Laguna Beach portrayed. This beercation destination is great for those who love the beach, want to do something after their day at Disneyland or basically just want to enjoy the Southern California weather. With 27 breweries and counting, there is something for everyone.
9. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home to our nation and many of it’s founding fathers, Philadelphia is the perfect beercation destination for those who want to learn about our country’s history and beginnings all while enjoying some good old American craft beer. Don’t forget to pay a visit to City Tavern and try a beer flight with beers made from our founding fathers’ own personal recipes.