Whether you consider yourself a beer expert, cicerone or just a simple beer lover, downing a pint (or two) at one of the best beer destinations in the world should be in your travel plans. Sip on Belgium beer during brewery tours in Brussels, or sign up for the Heineken Experience in Amsterdam. Some cities are best known for their unique craft beers, while others pride themselves on longstanding traditions. Discover six beer destinations that feature unique tastes and attractions for beer lovers everywhere!
Best Beer Destinations | Brussels, Belgium
Brussels is not only one of the easiest places to grab an age-old brew, it also is a fantastic place to study beer history. Travelers to Brussels will find scads of pubs in any part of the city, but Grand Place in the central square is a great place to start. The historical quarter is lined with local bars and classy clubs, and it’s also the perfect place to sign up for a pub crawl, where tourists can visit area pubs and taste the best beers in Brussels.
Things to do in Brussels for beer lovers
- Brasserie Cantillon, Rue Gheude 56, 1070 Anderlecht – this traditional brewery has not changed its process since the establishment began barreling beer in 1900. Tours include tastings, viewing original brewing equipment and walks through beer cellars.
- Brasserie de la Senne, Chaussée de Gand 565, 1080 Molenbeek-Saint-Jean – sample bold concoctions brewed by Brussels natives Yvan de Baets and Bernard Leboucq. The duo promises unpasteurized, additive-free goodness in every glass.
- Brussels Beer Project, Rue Antoine Dansaert 188, 1000 Bruxelles – a bar growing a reputation through its passion for beer and community, Brussels Beer Project prepares daring bottles of ale for casual beer drinkers.
- Schaerbeek Beer Museum (Musée schaerbeekois de la bière), Louis Bertrandlaan 33/35, 1030 Schaarbeek – what started as a collection of 300 bottles of Belgium beers is now a full-blown museum that features antique beer-making equipment, tools and vintage signs. And the original bottle collection? It now numbers more than 2,000!
- Belgian Brewers Museum, Grand Place 10, 1000 Bruxelles – get a sip of traditional Belgium brew in a beer café after touring displays of 18th-century brewing tanks, kettles and bizarre tools.
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Best Beer Destinations | Dublin, Ireland
Travelers don’t need to wait until St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy a beer in Dublin. The Guinness Storehouse is open year-round as are the countless bars and pubs throughout the city. Make a toast at The Church, which was literally a church until 1964, and engage in Irish history.
The Church café, bar and restaurant has famously stood at the junction of Marty Street and Jervis Street since the early 18th century, when it was called St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. Several historical figures graced the grounds of the early church. Some famous attendees include George Frederic Handel, who regularly used the organ at the church, and author Jonathan Swift, who attended regular services there. Arthur Guinness, founder of the Guinness brewery, was married in the church, and John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, gave his first Irish service in the pulpit in 1747.
Things to do in Dublin for Beer Lovers
- Guinness Storehouse – take a lap around this brewery that features tales of Irish brew, beer tastings and a rooftop bar.
- Plan a DIY pub crawl – sample some of Dublin’s finest ales at Camden Exchange, The Beer Market and 57 The Headline. Add a few local choices to the list as well!
- Explore brew pubs – pull up a barstool at some of Dublin’s most popular micro-breweries. Start with The Bridge 1859 in Ballsbridge Hotel, Porterhouse Temple Bar and Guinness Open Gate Brewery.
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Best Beer Destinations | Portland, Oregon, USA
It’s hard to visit Portland when there’s not a beer festival in full swing, and this city prides itself on hole-in-the-wall bars as much as it does classy craft beer joints. The city is home to more than 80 renowned breweries, many of which offer unique brews alongside one-of-a-kind cuisine. Wash down creative dishes with organic beer at Hopworks Urban Brewery, and book a bus tour with Brewvana to discover the best breweries, cideries – and even donut shops! – in Portland.
Best micro-breweries and craft beer houses in Portland
- Level Beer, 5211 NE 148th Ave. – established in a former greenhouse, this brewery serves up refreshing beer with unique twists.
- Baerlic Brewing Company, 2235 SE 11th Ave. – try an oat beer in this no-frills bar that specializes in craft beer and craft beer only.
- Culmination Brewing, 2117 NE Oregon St. – tap into a refreshing microbrew at this modern bar that serves up beers alongside locally-sourced bar grub.
- Breakside Brewery – NW Slabtown, 1570 NW 22nd Ave. – quickly climbing in popularity, this microbrewery has a chic taproom and rooftop patio, perfect for sipping beers and chowing down on American bar food.
- Cascade Brewing Barrel House, 939 SE Belmont St. – considered one of Portland’s finest brewpubs, this bar serves handcrafted sour beers on an open, street-side patio.
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Best Beer Destinations | Munich, Germany
Munich is an obvious choice for taking brewery tours, even when it’s not Oktoberfest. The city features some of the oldest breweries in the world, and brew halls can be found around every corner. Kick back under chestnut trees at Augustiner-Keller, one of the oldest beer gardens in Munich, or plan your own tour and include stops at Hecker-Pschorr Brauhaus and Olympiapark near Munich Olympic Stadium.
Best beer halls in Munich
- Hofbräuhaus München, Platzl 9 – a tourist favorite, this 16th-century beer hall is three stories high and features evening shows in an upscale atmosphere.
- WEISSES BRAUHAUS, Tal 8, 80331 München – choose an outdoor table to enjoy handcrafted beers and late-night food.
- Augustiner Bräustuben, Landsberger Str. 19 – this Bavarian restaurant sticks to tradition with wooden paneling for décor, classic dishes on the menu and German beer on tap.
- Löwenbräukeller – Das Original, Nymphenburger Straße 2 Stiglmaierplatz – a longstanding brewery with a restaurant, Löwenbräukeller – Das Original features a large beer garden and plenty of Bavarian dishes on the menu.
- Beer and Oktoberfest Museum, Sterneckerstraße 2 – explore a 14th-century townhouse and enjoy beer tasting and Oktoberfest exhibits.
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Best Beer Destinations | Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam’s roots in beer were firmly established in the late 1800s with the production of Heineken and Amstel beers. From that point on, the city has been known as one of the best beer destinations in the world. Beer lovers flock to Amsterdam for the Heineken Experience, a hands-on tour that delves into the region’s brew history and ends with beer tasting. Besides big-name establishments, however, Amsterdam sports dozens of hidden treasures. Take a lap around the central canals to find local pubs laced with Dutch tradition and ales that can only be found in Amsterdam.
Best Craft Beer Bars in Amsterdam
- Oedipus Brewing, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 85, 1021 KP – with colorful beer bottle labels to match the décor, this pub is famous for its unique creations, particularly Mama pale ale, a house favorite.
- Butcher’s Tears, Karperweg 45, 1075 LB – guests won’t find attractive décor or rowdy crowds at this pub, but they will find a selection of fantastic beer, and that’s all that matters here.
- Proeflokaal Arendsnest, Herengracht 90, 1015 BS – with a view of Herengracht Canal, this traditional pub pumps out more than 100 draught beers under copper pipes and wood-paneled walls.
- Bierfabriek Amsterdam, Nes 67, 1012 KD – order a private tap of craft ale at your table, and enjoy the naughty thrill of throwing peanut shells on the floor!
- Kauffmann – Falafel & Beer, Reinier Claeszenstraat 4b, 1056 WJ – as the name suggests, this late-night bar offers handmade falafel alongside craft beers from neighboring Netherlands.
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Best Beer Destinations | Prague, Czech Republic
Leading the world in beer consumption for the last 25 years, the Czech Republic features two can’t-miss beer destinations just an hour and a half apart. Of course, Prague is a beer destination worth exploring, but don’t forget nearby Pilsen, where Budweiser beer was born. Each May, the 17-day Czech Beer Festival draws millions of tourists to the region, but beer enthusiasts who miss the event can find plenty of places to quench their thirst.
Stop by U Fleků, known for its Medieval atmosphere and dark lagers, or spend an evening at Letna Beer Gardens (Letná Zahradní restaurace). This outdoor venue focuses on a few select beers that guests can enjoy from a quiet corner in Letna Park, which overlooks Vltava River. Riegrovy Sady beer garden is another great place to find a variety of pubs and brewhouses, and beer enthusiasts should definitely make a trip to Hospůdka Na Hradbách, located just inside the gate to Vyšehrad castle.
Best breweries to visit in Prague
- Strahov Monastic Brewery (Klášterní pivovar Strahov), Strahovské nádvoří 301/10, Hradčany, 118 00 Praha-Hradčany-Praha 1 – this 17th-century brewery was restored and opened in 2000 as a craft brewery with an open courtyard.
- The Three Roses (U Tří růží), Husova 10/232, 110 00 Staré Město – one of the oldest breweries in the country, The Three Roses brews six beers on site and offers a menu of local dishes.
- U Medvídků, Na Perštýně 345/7, 110 00 Staré Město – stop for a beer or spend the night in this hotel that hosts one of the oldest beer halls in Prague.
- The Two Cats (U Dvou koček), Uhelný trh 415/10, 110 00 Staré Město – enjoy live accordion music while sipping on regional beers in the former historic Coal Market. The restaurant dates to the late-1700s and is centered in historic Staré Město, or Old Town.
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