Traveling to a new city is generally a pretty exciting time. Some destinations are sexier than others, bro trips are wilder than business trips, and you never really know what you’re going to get when visiting family for the first time.
Regardless of the city, your companions, or the reason you are travelling, you owe it to yourself to give this new place a real chance to impress. Take a stroll through the downtown area, spend time finding out what the locals are in to, and avoid chain establishments whenever possible.
Finding the true flavor of a new city can be difficult, especially if your time is limited. Through years of dedicated research, we’ve discovered that the best way to meet a city is by visiting the local breweries.
First and foremost, breweries generally have affordable beer on tap. In a lot of cases, a brewery may offer several experimental recipes in house that aren’t served anywhere else in the world. This provides you with a unique experience to expand your horizons and diversify your palette.
Depending on how often you drink craft beer, you may have a pre-conceived notion that all styles are dark, bitter, and heavy – This isn’t really the case. Or maybe, you have discovered that you’re an IPA person and prefer hoppier beers – Nothing wrong with that. Either way, start out with a sampler ‘flight’ and give everything a try, especially the rare stuff.
You’ll walk away with a better understanding of what you do like, what you don’t like, and you may even discover a new beer that you simply can’t live without. You never know when this new knowledge will come in handy, and after all… Knowledge is power.
Besides picking up a light buzz while getting smarter, breweries also provide a very relaxing, intimate environment that is often a favorite local hangout. The world ‘local’ is very much intertwined into the craft beer culture and many brewers have set up shop in their hometowns. Breweries frequently partner with local restaurants, food trucks, farmers, artists, and even other breweries to host parties, events and festivals – Check these out whenever you get the chance.
Good people, good times, and good beer are three characteristics we’ve found time and time again while visiting breweries and meeting brewers. Brewers appreciate your business, love telling their story, and are generally more than willing to share the inside scoop on what their city has to offer. Find breweries, drink local – It’s the best way to meet a city.