Best spots for alcohol tours in the US
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
We all know drinking and driving don't mix, but drinking and RVing is a different story. There are all types of breweries, wineries and distilleries to visit while traveling across the United States.
And don't ignore the smaller locations. Each one has something to teach and a slightly different taste to savor. Plus, you can chat with a local or fellow traveler while sampling their products.
Let's take a look at some of the best tourist spots for alcohol.
Fermenter vat at Woodford Reserve in Kentucky.
The Bourbon Trail is an amazing list of 10 bourbon distilleries in Kentucky. However, "trail" is a bit of a stretch — you are not meant to visit all of them in one day. Based on times of the tours and considering imbibing samples at each distillery, that is way too much!
The website suggests doing the trail in 3-4 days and using a tour company to drive. We've visited the area twice, and visited two distilleries each time.
Every tour is a bit different with large distilleries (Jim Beam) and small but old ones (Woodford Reserve). They all make bourbon but stress different things on the tours or samplings. By the way, look for the dark trees in the area. It is a fungus that grows in the presence of alcohol. This was used to find moonshiners in the past.
George Dickel Distillery tour in Tennessee.
Tennessee is home to multiple whiskey distilleries, including the Jack Daniel Distillery and the George Dickel Distillery. Tennessee also has its own Whiskey Trail with 30 distilleries spread across the state.
Grapes in the Finger Lake region in New York.
Wine regions are located throughout the country. Napa Valley in California is the most famous, but other areas with multiple wineries in the area include Finger Lakes in New York, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and the Austin-New Braunfels-Fredericksburg area in Texas.
Some locations have tours and museums explaining the process, others just samplings. It is all a good way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania.
Beer breweries are scattered throughout the country. Anheuser-Busch is the largest brewing company and has 12 breweries throughout the U.S. — my favorite is the oldest in St. Louis. The oldest brewery is the United States is Yuengling founded in 1829 in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. Smaller craft breweries are found everywhere now. These are great to find new favorites.
Of course, don't drink and drive. But do enjoy learning and sampling the wines, liquors and beers throughout the country. Here are some websites to use for more information:
- Go-Wine's U.S. wineries by state
- Craft Beer's brewery finder
- American Distilling Institute's craft spirits database
- Craft Distillery Tours' distilleries by state and city
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