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13 of the Best Beer and Brewery Tours Around the World

Sip, swirl, and savor the chance to go behind the scenes at popular breweries on these top-rated beer tours.
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Claire Bullen is an award-winning food, drinks, and travel writer and editor who has lived and worked in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, Paris, and London. She is the author of The Beer Lover's Table: Seasonal Recipes and Modern Beer Pairings, and the editor at Her writing has also appeared in Time Out New York, The Daily Meal, Pellicle Magazine, and beyond.

The best part about being a beer lover might just be the excuse to go traveling. From Prague to San Diego, Munich to London, Brussels to Asheville, the world’s top beer destinations are just a plane ride away. To help you plan the perfect globe-trotting itinerary, we’ve rounded up 13 of the world’s best beer and brewery tours. Wherever you go first, you’re guaranteed to discover memorable breweries, meet friendly locals, and indulge in world-class brews.

1. Go to the heartland of lager on a Bavarian beer tour

The land of the Reinheitsgebot, the birthplace of popular beer styles (ranging from the helles lager to the hefeweizen), and the home to atmospheric bierhallen and biergartens—not to mention beer’s biggest festival, Oktoberfest—Bavaria is a must-visit destination for beer lovers. You’ll do it all on this introductory evening tour, including a visit to the famed Hofbräuhaus, a stop at the Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, and a hearty Bavarian dinner.

3. Sample everything from Trappist beer to lambic in Brussels

Belgium is on most beer lovers’ bucket lists for a reason, and this immersive walking tour will introduce you to Brussels’ most evocative taverns and cafés, as well as the sheer plenitude of local brews available in the Belgian capital. Try everything from wild-fermented lambic to Trappist favorites such as Orval and Chimay—and line your stomach with cheese, chocolate, and cured meats as you go.

4. Soak up the Gemütlichkeit at Oktoberfest

Every autumn, more than 6 million beer lovers make the pilgrimage to the Theresienwiese in Munich to attend Oktoberfest, a defining city tradition since it first took place in 1810. The scale can be overwhelming if you plan to visit solo, but by booking tickets and a tour in advance, you’re guaranteed a spot at the famed Hofbräu-Festzelt tent, plus half a roast chicken and two liters of festbier. Don’t forget your lederhosen or dirndl.

7. Head to American beer’s heartland in Denver

Denver has been a must-visit destination for craft beer lovers for decades, thanks to its wealth of independent breweries (and the fact that it hosts the Great American Beer Festival—the country’s largest beer fest—every autumn). If you’re after an introduction to the Mile High City’s wide-ranging beer scene, this craft beer tour in Lower Downtown Denver will whisk you to multiple breweries and beer bars.

11. Go to one of the birthplaces of the American IPA

You can’t talk about IPAs without talking about San Diego. It was here that breweries the likes of Pizza Port, Stone, and Ballast Point honed their vision of the West Coast IPA as bracingly bitter, boldly hoppy, and crystal-clear. Today’s San Diego breweries are still pushing the culture forward, as you’ll discover on this craft brewery tour.

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