With Munich’s Oktoberfest, the biggest beer festival on the planet, autumn is prime time for beer lovers to indulge. But if you or your clients couldn’t dig out your lederhosen and join the crowds in Munich to enjoy Oktoberfest, celebrate the beer-drinking extravaganza any time of year with a tour or tasting at one of these top breweries instead. Whether your clients may be heading to Europe or staying stateside, Viator knows all the best destinations for beer tasting and brewery tours. Here are our top picks.
Andechs Monastery, Bavaria
Bavaria’s beer-making heritage is second to none and there are few more atmospheric settings for a beer tasting than the Andechs Monastery. Perched on a hilltop overlooking Ammersee Lake, the Benedictine monastery has been brewing its own beer for centuries and visitors can sample the exclusive brews, handmade by the monks of Andechs Abbey.
Sipping a one-liter stein of beer at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall is a quintessential Munich experience, but it’s also possible to join a guided tour of the Hofbräu München brewery (by reservation only).
Schlenkerla Brewery, Bamberg
Beer lovers won’t want to miss a taste of one of Germany’s most unique beers: Bamberg’s traditional smoked beer. At the Schlenkerla Brewery, visitors can discover the age-old brewing process and sample Schlenkerlabeer tapped directly from barrel.
Allagash Brewery, Portland, Maine
Portland has finally made the list of America’s great beer cities, with a thriving craft beer scene and a dozens of small-scale breweries and brewpubs to check off your clients hit list. recommend them a beer tasting tour by bike or suggest your clients to join one of the daily tours at the popular Allagash Brewery, where your clients can explore the independent brewery and sample their Belgian-inspired beers.
Anchor Brewing Company, San Francisco, California
On the west coast, Anchor Brewing Company holds the title of the oldest craft brewery in the US, and its award-winning craft beers are still handmade in a traditional copper brewhouse. Of course, it’s not advised to drink on an empty stomach, so foodies can combine San Francisco‘s best craft beers with an array of local delicacies on a beer and food tasting tour.