Best boozy tours in America
Sure, Brooklyn’s Williamsburg is now known for its incredibly vibrant nightlife but, at the turn of the 20th century, the neighborhood had a lot less cocktail lounges and a ton more breweries, including Threes Brewing, Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint. On this three-hour tour, you’ll get to taste several local craft favorites as a guide leads you and a small group to watering holes across town. The ten tastings also include appetizers and snacks—which you’ll need to keep those feet moving. Sat at noon; $74.Photograph: Courtesy Flickr/CC/Kevin Gessner
If you spend your weekends throwing back a few brews and chowing down on some indulgent fatty breakfast foods, this hearty tour of the Windy City is right up your alley. As you travel through two of the city’s most iconic neighborhoods, Lakeview and Lincoln Park, you’ll stop in several historic and new hot spots for local brews and international imports. Along the way, three of the tastings will be paired with different kinds of bacon to bring out those aromatic flavors. You might want to opt for the Sunday brunch tour, which includes the same tastings in addition to your choice of meal. Double yum. Meets at Harrigans Pub. Sat at 3:30pm; $65. Select Sun at 12:30pm; $77 including brunch.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/opacity
Let’s face it: Los Angeles can be a daunting city to navigate for first-time visitors—unless you enlist the help of an expert guide. Sign up for this afternoon of fun as craft beer experts drive you around Downtown and Central L.A. in a comfy 15-seat van, taking you to three of the best local breweries (tour stops vary by date). At each venue, you’ll enjoy four tasting flights and have the chance to order some scrumptious food at at least one of the breweries. The tour lasts 4.5 hours. Departs from Union Station. Sat at noon; $69.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Umberto Brayj
Grab a getting-to-know-you drink with your fellow tourists before heading on a walking tour of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. Gaze at murals by world-famous artists like Chor Boogie, Retna and Trek 6 and then follow your guide inside a variety of different galleries displaying stunning contemporary art. Discuss your favorite pieces over a complimentary signature cocktail and Spanish snacks before picking back up with the tour. Meets in Wynwood Arts District. Various dates and times; $63.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Phillip Pessar
See how your favorite Philly beers and spirits get made on this tour of three local breweries and distilleries. Hop aboard the minibus, where a knowledgeable, funny and friendly guide will take you to stops that include Flying Fish Brewing Company, the Philadelphia Brewing Company, the Lunacy Brewing Company, the Dock Street Brewery and Cooper River Distilling (tour stops vary by date). Admire the breweries’ equipment and ask all the questions you’ve ever had. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and includes Philadelphia pretzels. Meets in front of the Philadelphia Convention Center. Sat at 10:30am; $65.
For many people living in Austin, craft beer is just as essential to life as water and taco trucks. In a city that prizes individuality and entrepreneurialism, the amount of local breweries turning out small batches of refreshing suds should come as no surprise. On this tour, learn about Austin’s brewing scene, developed over the past few years, while visiting three local facilities. Expect to travel by van and stop at Live Oak, Adelbert's, Zilker, Independence, 4th Tap, Jester King and Last Stand (tour stops vary by date). Meets at Craft Pride. Wed-Fri at 4pm; $80.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Phanatic
Forget politics and appreciate what really brings Americans together: beer. On this tour of D.C., you’ll stop by three of the capital’s breweries and distilleries and sample 12 different brews and spirits. A local hand-rolled pretzel will help fortify your stomach while the guide points out historic buildings and special memorials. Meets at Donald W. Reynolds Center for Art and Portraiture. Various days at 4pm; $80.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Fickr/gkrew
Bostonians love their beer. Given the whole lot of local breweries to visit, this tour offers both a day and an evening option. Both include trips to spots like Sam Adams, Cambridge Brewing Company, Night Shift, Mystic Brewery, Downeast Cider and Beer Works (tour stops vary by date). Opt for the lunch tour to visit Meadhall, a gastropub with 100 beers on tap, or sign up for the night session to dive into the nano-brewing scene, which includes very small batches of experimental drafts. Meets at Charles Street Liquors. Various dates and times; $90-$95.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Edgar
Hop aboard this tour’s open air, 12-seat vehicle to see, and taste, San Francisco like you never have before. The tour goes up and down scenic hills, through charming neighborhoods and to smaller, off-the-beaten path eateries for unusual food and the perfect beer pairing. Along the trip, you’ll chow down on local delicacies like tacos dorados, bourbon ice cream and a Chomp Dog, and get a behind-the-scenes look at a local brewery. Don’t worry about getting drunk on the views and brews—this tour includes drop-off service at select hotels. Departs from select downtown hotels. Various dates and time; $159.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Dan K.
This adventure through the City of Destiny, Tacoma, Washington, will open your eyes to the spirit, and spirits, of the Pacific Northwest. Bring your own bike or rent a set of wheels from the tour guides for a four-hour, five-mile excursion through Grit City. The guides will point out historical spots, like Prohibition-era ruins and former underground opium dens, as you pedal to four craft breweries and a distillery, where you will wet your whistle with tastes of cold suds and more. For tourists visiting Seattle, Tacoma is only a 40-minute drive away and includes beautiful views of the water and mountains. Departs from Old Soldier Distiller. Sat at 1pm, June-November; $55.Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Travis Wise