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The top 7 breweries to celebrate National Beer Day

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There is only one way to celebrate National Beer Day—with a bucket list of breweries you can plan to visit as the world slowly opens up. Ours is a country blessed with a dizzying array of breweries. And, if we are being honest, beer is one of the things that has made the last year bearable. Our breweries list is far from exhaustive, but it’s a start to help you plan your next adventure. We narrowed our picks by selecting breweries in places that are destinations all on their own, offering travelers more than just amazing beer. Whether you’re a sport’s fan, beach seeker, a family, dog or art lover, when you are ready to travel again, you’ll know of the perfect place for beer.

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Best breweries to celebrate National Beer Day with the family

Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California

Located in Sonoma Valley, America’s wine country, Santa Rosa is truly a destination all its own, especially for families. The Russian River Brewing Company tops every beer enthusiast’s list, and with good reason. First, it creates unforgettable, award-winning brews, and second, it’s super family-friendly. Sip critically acclaimed creations like Blind Pig, Pliny, Consecration and Sonombi while the kiddies enjoy the outdoor and indoor spaces and an appetizing kid’s menu.

After, swing by the Charles M. Schulz Museum to check out original Peanuts strips, as well as other cool artworks by Schulz and those who were inspired by him. Keep minds and hands busy with interactive exhibits at the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County. Head to Bodega Bay for some whale watching. Go wild at a 400-acre private wildlife preserve—Safari West—where you can see exotic animals such as gazelles, zebras, cheetahs, antelopes and giraffes, and even spend the night in a glamping tent!

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Best brewery to celebrate National Beer Day for art lovers

Hudson Valley Brewing in Beacon, New York

Located 60 miles north of NYC, and easily reached by train, Hudson Valley Brewing is Beacon’s second crowning jewel. The first is the DIA: Beacon, a stunning art museum housed in a former Nabisco box printing factory. It sits royally on the banks of the Hudson River. After taking a tour, head to Hudson Valley Brewing, a small, innovative brewery where you can discuss art over colorful sour IPAs and ales, laced with notes of blueberry, vanilla, peach and rose petals. No doubt the conversation will turn to the high-design cans—works of art in both flavor and presentation.

Then, stroll down main street where an array of boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries and restaurants—all housed in historic buildings—are sure to inspire. Should you be tempted to spend the night, and you will, stay at the elegant Inn and Spa at Beacon.

Please note: At the moment, the brewery is only open for curbside pick-up.

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Best brewery to celebrate National Beer Day for sport fans

Unknown Brewing in Charlotte, North Carolina

TVs tuned to major sporting events, a vast tasting room, a rooftop bar with incredible views of the Charlotte skyline, Unknown Brewing looks and sounds like a typical sports pub, but its blends are far from traditional. Creative seasonal releases can feature anything from catnip or key lime juice to bourbon-soaked red cherries and cocoa nibs. A permanently parked food truck, Passport Dough & Co., serves pizzas topped with global flavors such as kimchi, harissa, shawarma or coconut curry, which pair perfectly with the brewery’s bold flavors.

Weekly events at the brewery include workout boot camps, bike rides around Charlotte (at the moment suspended due to COVID) and trivia nights. Charlotte’s South Side is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Bank of America Stadium. If you are up for it, hit the Charlotte Rail Trail or go wall climbing at Inner Peaks Climbing. You’ll likely be very tired, and the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown is the perfect place to get some rest.

Best brewery to celebrate National Beer Day with yoga

Rhinegeist Brewery in Cincinnati, Ohio

If any brewery can host yoga classes, it’s Rhinegeist. Housed in the former bottling plant of the historic Christian Moerlein Brewing Company, it encompasses 250,000 square feet! That means when the brewery isn’t hosting late morning yoga sessions (sometimes in the company of baby goats) it makes space for a corn hole set up, indoor Wiffle ball games, motorcycle shows, concerts, craft market, ping pong tables and many other cool events and activities.

On tap are awesome ales, such as Truth (IPA) and Zen (Session APA) along with unique barrel-aged beers like the Añejo Borealis, aged in tequila barrels. The brewers at Rhinegeist are also REALLY into fruit, so you’ll find plenty of fruited ales (try Moonburst), ciders and delicious, effervescent beer-wine crossovers like the Bubbles Rosé Ale (cranberry and peach) and Slangria (pomegranate, blueberry and lime).

After yoga, explore the Over-the-Rhine district, overflowing with unique shops (definitely stop by Mica 12/v), trendy restaurants and bars. Swing by Findlay Market and then a stroll through Washington Park, where something is always going on, including more yoga. Stay at the Symphony Hotel and Restaurant, a gorgeous restored mansion where you’ll be a stone’s throw from the Cincinnati Music Hall.

Please note: At the moment, yoga classes have been put on hold, however, other socially distanced events such as trivia night are taking place.

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Best brewery to celebrate National Beer Day with your dog

Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado

While some breweries allow dogs on their outdoor seating areas, Avery Brewing Co. offers something a little extra—it’s adjacent to an off-leash dog park with a dog-friendly swimming pond! At Avery, your buddy gets its very own water bowl, but you get to choose from 30 rotating taps, complemented by an excellent brewpub menu. Try the award-winning Ellie’s Brown Ale, which features a chocolate Lab on the label, or the White Rascal, a Belgian-style white ale. Just make sure to share your pork poutine, cheeseburger or brisket.

Boulder is home to more than 30,000 acres of parkland, so you and your best will have lots of opportunities for adventure. Spend the day at Chautauqua Park, where you can hit the trails or lounge on verdant lawns surrounded by the splendid Flatiron mountains. Head downtown for a stroll on Pearl Street, where you’ll find plenty of pet-friendly restaurants with patios. Bed down at Basecamp Boulder Hotel, where pets of all sizes are welcome.

The brewery to celebrate National Beer Day with the best beer in the world

Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro, Vermont

Out of the way and farmland as far as the eye can see, a dirt road leads up to Shaun Hill’s (founder and head brewer) generations-old family farm. Coming here is on par with the Camino de Santiago, only you’ll be driving. Hill Farmstead is very much a shrine, and Shaun Hill the apostle of beer. The beers—predominantly American Pale Ale, IPA, Porter and Saison—are named after Hill’s ancestors and the philosophers Hill studied in college. Don’t worry, thought, it’s not all deep thoughts and hops on this farm, the brewery sometimes hosts food trucks and cultural events.

Hill Farmstead’s beers, made from wild yeast and water from the family’s well, are only distributed within Vermont. And, since you’ve made the pilgrimage to the “Best New Brewery in the World,” swing by Jasper Hill Farm whose Bayley Hazen Blue was named “Best Unpasteurized Cheese.” Stay at the cozy Highland Lodge, where you can reflect on this most mystical beer experience.

Please note: The brewery is taking a short hiatus this year, and is set to reopen in mid-April.

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Best Brewery to celebrate National Beer Day on the beach

Pelican Brewing Company in Pacific City, Oregon

Spring’s finally here, and the days are getting longer and warmer. Can you think of anything more satisfying than a beer in your hand and your toes in the sand? The Pelican Brewing Company in Cape Kiwanda is literally on the beach, with breathtaking views of Pacific City‘s Haystack Rock to boot. Sip on a rye whiskey barrel-aged imperial stout (Father of All Tsunamis) or the refreshing Kiwanda Cream ale. Watch surfers battle the waves and anglers try their luck in these gorgeous waters.

If it’s more beach and dramatic ocean views you seek, drive north on the Three Capes Scenic Route, stopping first at Cape Lookout Park, where you’ll likely spot paragliders and hang gliders launching off cliffs. Then, to Cape Mears for a walk on the beach and a tour of the lighthouse. Stay at the Inn at Cape Kiwanda (across the street from the brewery), where you’ll glimpse the most spectacular sunsets.

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Frequently asked questions

When is National Beer Day?

National Beer Day is April 7th and commemorates the day the Cullen–Harrison Act was enacted, legalizing the sale of beer and wine in the U.S. with an alcohol content of 3.2%.

What’s the strongest beer in the world?

According to, the strongest beer title goes to BrewDog / Schorschbräu, which has a staggering 57.8% alcohol content. For perspective, typical beers are usually about 5% alcohol and wine is around 12%.

Which state has the most breweries? has individualized California as the state with the most craft breweries, but when it comes to the state with the most craft beer breweries per capita, Vermont comes in at #1, with 14.2 breweries per 100,000 adults ages 21+!

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