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10 Best Beer Tours in the World

Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo, Japan

The only beer museum in Japan is a Hokkaidō Prefecture Heritage site that welcomes over 150,000 visitors every year. The comprehensive Sapporo point of interest features myriad exhibits, a restaurant, bar and beer garden. All in all, a fabulous attraction for anyone in the fifth most populous city in the country.

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Heineken Experience, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Perhaps the most famous beer museum and tour on the planet, the Heineken Experience is a wildly popular landmark in Amsterdam. Happily, the Netherlands icon delivers on the hype. Perhaps unwise to visit before a tour of the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum, however.

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Carlsberg Brewery, Copenhagen, Denmark

A venerable and colossal brand on the global beer stage, Carlsberg serves up a class brewery tour experience in the Valby section of Copenhagen.

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Red Stripe, Jamaica

Red Stripe is as sacrosanct in Jamaica as Bob Marley and ackee and saltfish. While the company’s brewery is not quite as tourist-ready as others on the list, lovers of the lager can still make a pilgrimage.

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Guinness, Dublin, Ireland

The holy grail of stouts is a must-see, if not touristy, staple in Dublin. St. James’s Gate Brewery, home of the Guinness Storehouse, is a world beer mecca and the view of your Dublin hotel from the lofty Gravity Bar is well worth the price of a second pint.

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Leffe, Dinant, Belgium

Belgium’s monastic beer culture is a significant part of the country’s heritage. With innumerable producers, from lambic to Flemish red, dark to pale lager, one of the indomitable household names outside of Belgium is Leffe. The original abbey, Notre Dame de Leffe, is a terrific landmark in the province of Namur and the town of Dinant also operates a Leffe museum.

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Stella Artois, Leuven, Belgium

Still in beer-heavy Belgium, the famous Stella Artois brewery in Leuven, a town of 90,000 people 30 km east of capital Brussels, is a marvel. Leuven is the headquarters of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the number one brewery conglomerate on the planet.

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Kiuchi, Ibaraki, Japan

From a massive brand to a much more diminutive label that still clings to traditions of yore, we turn to Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, where the Kiuchi Brewery in Naka produces legendary beer, sake, and shochu. The Ginger Ale, Red Rice Ale and Espresso Stout stand out as three of the most inventive products in the company’s arsenal.

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Weihenstephan Brewery, Freising, Bavaria, Germany

It is impossible to discuss international beer tours and not mention Bavaria. The foremost region of Germany is a bona fide metonym for beer, from Munich’s annual Oktoberfest to a litany of abbeys that still pump out premium suds. The early 9th Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising is one such ancient beer abode and comes with the kind of fairy tale backdrop you would expect from Bavaria.

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Weltenburg Abbey, Kelheim, Bavaria, Germany

Another, also in Bavaria, is the grand Weltenburg Abbey, which competes with Weihenstephan for the title of “world’s oldest brewery”. The Benedictine monastery regularly triumphs at international beer competitions.

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6 Comments for "10 Best Beer Tours in the World"

Wayne Nagle says on February 8th, 2011 at 12:14 am:

Great selection but I propose the HotelClub Top 11. If you love a festival and want to sample liquid gold by the stein, you can not go past Oktoberfest. For a truly memorable experience, combine Oktoberfest with a 16 seat Beer Bike Tour around Munich. Ride around this beautiful city until the keg is dry, priceless.

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