As the homemade beer movement roars across America, more and more people are showing an interest in brewing their own. The New York Times‘ article “Make Your Beer and Drink It, Too” revealed that beer enthusiasts are going far beyond a basic brewery tour, incorporating trips to craft breweries and even international adventures,
“Last summer, Boston Beer partnered with Abercrombie and Kent to create a weeklong excursion to Bavaria’s beer country. The itinerary included visits to various biergartens; the centuries-old Stanglmair Farm and Hops Field, just north of Munich; and the Weihenstephan Brewery, which dates back to the year 1040”
But if you can’t spend the money to make your way overseas, there are plenty options right throughout the country.
“…about 1,500 visitors had attended Woodstock’s brewery weekends. Guests can take part in every step of the brewing process — including the messy work of removing hundreds of pounds of processed grain from the “mash tun,” where grain and water are mixed. The early morning brewing leads into a hearty Saturday lunch (featuring bread made from the spent grain); later, there’s a five-course dinner and souvenirs. (Breakfast is included in the cost of the room.)”
Some options include:
Woodstock Inn Station and Brewery (135 Main Street North, Woodstock, N.H.; 800-321-3985; woodstockinnnh.com). Brewery Weekends are offered in April and May; $118 per person, not including lodging. The weekend package includes a Friday reception, meals on Saturday and the chance to brew with professionals.
Samuel Adams/Copley Plaza package (138 St. James Avenue, Boston; 800-441-1414; fairmont.com/copleyplaza). The brewery experience package is offered January to May and September to December, subject to availability. Doubles start at $429.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales has a weekend package through the Inn at Canal Square (122 Market Street, Lewes, Del.; 888-644-1911; www.theinnatcanalsquare.com) that includes a brewery tour and a $50 dinner certificate for the Dogfish Head brewpub. Packages start at $480, double occupancy, depending on the season.
Rogue Ales (Chatoe Rogue Micro Hopyard, 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence, Ore.; 503-347-8288; www.rogue.com). Double rooms at the house on this hops farm start at $90 per night.
Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Budweiser Brewery Tours (12th and Lynch Streets, St. Louis, Mo.; 314-577-2626; www.budweisertours.com). General tours are free. Beermaster tours are $25 for those 21 and older and $10 for ages 13 to 20.