Friday, August 7, 2015

How to Find (& drink!) Great Beer While Traveling

Happy International Beer Day! For those of you who aren't familiar with this holiday, it occurs the first Friday of August each year. Founded in California by a couple of guys in 2007, this is now one of my personal favorite holidays- and I'm totally for the vote that it should be a paid day off work! Unfortunately, I don't think my company quite agrees with that sentiment- so today I'm going to give a quick overview of how to find great beer while traveling!

1. Research, research, research. If finding great beer while traveling is important to you, do a little research beforehand! All around the U.S., craft breweries are really popping up. I know Minnesota has a huge presence of them, especially in and around Minneapolis. Even in Des Moines there are a few. Simply Google "city name brewery" and you will likely find a few hits directing you to the best beer in the area. Otherwise, head to places well known for their beer- such as Oktoberfest in Munich! 

2. Belly up! If for some reason, your research has failed you- belly up to the closest bar. Chances are, the bartender will know the local beers they are serving, or even have recommendations for a close brewery. Bartenders are definitely your friends and can share a wealth of knowledge with you. 

3. Ask a local. If bellying up to the bar fails, asking a local is your next best bet. People who live in the area will best be able to help you, and may even let you in on a few lesser-known secrets for finding great beer wherever you travel. Plus, you may just hear a couple of great stories or make a new friend!

4. Stay close. Once you have found a great place, make sure your travel accommodations are close to the great breweries and pubs you have found. Doing this will allow you to safely enjoy more great beer, and not have to worry about driving home or paying for transportation.

Growler from a great Minneapolis pub- Insight Brewing!
5. Take it home! Found a beer that you love? Grab a growler or 6-pack and take it back to the hotel with you! Who doesn't love to have a little nightcap before bed? 

6. Find pubs that offer beer flights. Usually, these will be smaller pours- anywhere from 4-8 ounces- but you will be served several different beers. This is a great way to try a variety of beers and find a new favorite!

Fellow beer lovers, how do you find great beer while traveling? How are you celebrating international beer day? 


  1. I love this post! My husband and I love craft beer, and we're always on the hunt when traveling. Sometimes I do research before hand if I know we'll have time to check out breweries, but usually our method is usually going to a local bar and asking for the local brew. I think the reason I love beer (and wine) so much is because it varies so much depending on location - just another way to experience a new place!

    1. You are definitely going to be around tons of great beer this year! Good luck on the journey over to Germany today- have so much fun! Chances are you'll also be able to find some nice German rieslings too :)


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