Best Brewery Tour

USA Today has a poll for Best Brewery Tour:

The only thing better than sipping a pint of your favorite brew is getting a behind-the-scenes look at where it’s made. You have UNTIL MONDAY, DEC. 1 at NOON to vote for your favorite brewery tour. Our expert, craft beer journalist Tara Nurin, hand-picked 20 of the nation’s top beer producers where visitors can see production in action and sample draught beers from their source. Vote once per day until the contest ends.

I’ve been on the Sierra Nevada (regular and beer geek), Stone, People’s, and North Coast tours. North Coast and People’s didn’t make this list, and while they’re nice tours they can’t compete here. Between Sierra Nevada and Stone I would definitely say Sierra Nevada has the better tour. Stone’s restaurant and beer garden are heavenly, but the Sierra Nevada tour is more polished and the brewing facilities in Chico are very impressive.


The other breweries in the poll are:

  • Abita
  • Anchor
  • Ommegang
  • Budweiser
  • Dogfish Head
  • Flying Dog
  • Great Lakes
  • Lagunitas
  • Magic Hat
  • New Belgium
  • Olde Mecklenburg
  • Oskar Blues
  • Philadelphia
  • Rogue
  • Samuel Adams
  • Susquehanna
  • Tröegs
  • Yuengling

I’ve heard good things about the Budweiser, Lagunitas, and Rogue tours. I’ve never heard of the Great Lakes, Olde Mecklenburg, Philadelphia and Susquehanna breweries…but I don’t get out of California much.

What brewery tours have you been on? Which was your favorite?

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