A guide for your next Florida Road Trip for Beer
November 13, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment

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Tipples and Travel: Great Places to Drink Beer
August 22, 2014 – 2:34 pm | No Comment
Image by Quinn Dombrowski, used under Creative Commons license

Image by Quinn Dombrowski, used under Creative Commons license

By Holiday Hypermarket

Even though summer is winding down, that doesn’t mean that the fun is over just yet.

There are still places to go and things to see, not to mention beer to drink.

Whether you’re on the East Coast, West Coast, or anywhere else, you can still go on a road trip for beer on cheap holidays.

Here are three places in the United States that, whether it’s their quality of beer or just because it’s a cool city, you should stop by while the weather is still warm.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

I mean, the city’s professional baseball team is called the Brewers, so you know that they take their beer seriously. Besides being the home for MillerCoors, Milwaukee also has some of the best microbrews in the Midwest. You’ve got Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewery, and Milwaukee Brewing Co, just to name a few. So tailgate like a local and cheer on the Brew Crew, it is summer after all.

Tampa Bay Area, Florida

Tampa isn’t the first place that pops into mind when it comes to beer, but it’s become one of the most interesting beer cities in the country. With around 30 local breweries in the area, including the multi-award-winning Cigar City Brewing – and 4.5 million people to service, the market is far from saturated, leaving room for experimentation. That experimentation eventually led to the creation of the Florida Weisse, a light, refreshing variation of its German counterpart. Today, the Florida Weisse has become ubiquitous within Tampa, with many of the local breweries offering their own take on this refreshing beer.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

With the winter weather ranging from barely tolerable to “I never want to go outside”, Minneapolans have plenty of time to perfect their beer-making craft. With breweries that are as eccentric as the residents, the sheer diversity of the beer can be overwhelming. That’s why the people here really take to heart their unofficial motto, “Good beer is a fresh beer, drink local.” So pull a seat and order that IPA you’ve never heard of from local breweries such as Fulton Brewery or the offbeat Surly Brewing Company. Chances are you’ll like it.

If you want to explore outside of the USA, you can head to Europe. Belgium is renowned for its beer-producing prowess, or you can take a trip to Tenerife or other parts of Spain and sample the Spanish beers, or to Greece and chill with a beer among the crowds enjoying the lively nightlife. Whichever destination you head to, there’s plenty to drink.

This article was contributed by Holiday Hypermarket

Bed, Breakfast and Beer
April 5, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment
Bed, Breakfast and Beer

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Guest post by Brittney Oliver
Wine has sommeliers and beer has cicerones. The world of malts and hops is rapidly expanding and more and more microbreweries have been exploding onto the spirits scene. Emerging cults …

Brews Cruise will set sale for Alaska
April 4, 2014 – 12:59 pm | No Comment
Brews Cruise will set sale for Alaska

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Cary, NC – April 4, 2014 – What vacation could be better for beer lovers than a cruise revolving around beer? A brews cruise where you can sample beer and share notes with industry …

Beer gifts: A trilogy of craft beer books to make you smarter
December 20, 2013 – 11:42 am | No Comment
Beer gifts: A trilogy of craft beer books to make you smarter

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Beer gift lists proliferate on websites and beer blogs this time of year, and I hesitated to post one because they often are redundant, featuring the same gadgets and novelty items as beer gift …

A new way to keep a beer bottle cold
December 5, 2013 – 11:26 am | No Comment
A new way to keep a beer bottle cold

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Once a bottle of beer is opened, there are few options to keep it cold while you’re drinking it. You can either consume it before it gets too warm, or you use a beer …

A guide for your next Florida Road Trip for Beer
November 13, 2013 – 11:23 am | No Comment
A guide for your next Florida Road Trip for Beer

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A long road has been traversed that involved thousands of miles, dozens of beers and visits to every brewery in Florida from Key West to Pensacola for conversations with brewers, owners and managers.
My book …

Road Trips for Beer just became easier
November 13, 2013 – 11:07 am | No Comment
Road Trips for Beer just became easier

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Beer lovers, your prayers have been answered – visiting breweries just got easier.  Brew Trail (www.BrewTrail.com), the ultimate compilation of brewery information, has gone online and promises to make beer tourism a one-stop …

Great American Beer Festival 2013: We’re on our way
October 8, 2013 – 6:13 pm | No Comment
Great American Beer Festival 2013: We’re on our way

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It’s time to check another one off the Road Trips for Beer bucket list: a trip to the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.
I’ll be at three of the festival’s four sessions: Thursday night, …

Top five fermented grogs fer the pirate in ye (updated)
September 18, 2013 – 12:00 pm | 8 Comments
Top five fermented grogs fer the pirate in ye (updated)

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Avast, me hearties! Don’t ye forget that September 19 be International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
In honor o’ this most momentous event, Cap’n GerARRd o’ Sea Voyages for Beer will list th’ top …

Guidebook to Northern California Breweries is released today
September 1, 2013 – 1:24 pm | No Comment
Guidebook to Northern California Breweries is released today

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We’ve been on a hiatus here at Road Trips for Beer – don’t worry, we’ll be back soon – but I wanted to quickly post that Stackpole Books released today another in its series …

Dave & Buster’s offers road trip respite – with games!
July 31, 2013 – 1:26 pm | No Comment
Dave & Buster’s offers road trip respite – with games!

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Sometimes a little rest and recreation is in order while on a Road Trip for Beer, especially if you’re taking side trips while on a family vacation.
And if blowing things up, racing cars and …

Plot your medal-winning Road Trips for Beer with The Roaming Pint
July 18, 2013 – 6:24 pm | No Comment
Plot your medal-winning Road Trips for Beer with The Roaming Pint

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We wanted to point our readers to this very cool graphic created by our friends at The Roaming Pint, the travel/beer blog run by RV nomads Brian and Maria who are making a point …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for July 19 to 23, 2013
July 18, 2013 – 1:48 pm | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for July 19 to 23, 2013

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First, Road Trips for Beer apologizes for those of you who submitted your festivals for last week’s Weekend Beer Festival Forecast. To keep it as timely as possible, I compile most of each one …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for July 5 to 7, 2013
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Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for July 5 to 7, 2013

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What do beer festival organizers do on a long Fourth of July weekend? Apparently stay home and barbecue.
As is typical around the holiday, the schedule is light. Three U.S. fests on our calender, two …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 27 to 30, 2013
June 26, 2013 – 9:00 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 27 to 30, 2013

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Whew! Things are hot, eh?  Especially when you’re talking about the growing number of beer festivals. Three of the festivals listed are in their first year, and several more are in their second or …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 21 to 23, 2013
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Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 21 to 23, 2013

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The summer solstice falls on Friday, meaning this is the first Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for Summer 2013. As summer beer festival season kicks off, it becomes even more important to remember to two …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 14 to June 16, 2013
June 14, 2013 – 9:56 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 14 to June 16, 2013

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Hello Road Trips for Beer readers! Before we get to this weekend’s festivals,  I have a favor to ask you. I’m in the running to win a beer blogger contest to the CanFest in …

Add Snowmass to your last-minute beer trip itinerary
June 7, 2013 – 11:33 am | No Comment
Add Snowmass to your last-minute beer trip itinerary

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Unless you live in Colorado, it may be a bit late to make a last-minute decision to attend the 10th annual Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest today and Saturday.
But if you can, do …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 6 to 9, 2013
June 6, 2013 – 11:55 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for June 6 to 9, 2013

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This is the first weekend of the 2013 hurricane season, and Tropical Storm Andrea is making sure we know about it. Right now, the fast-moving storm is forecast to sweep across Florida and up …

Please take pity and help send me to CanFest
June 3, 2013 – 9:49 pm | No Comment
Please take pity and help send me to CanFest

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(UPDATE: The link for the contest is now live. Please click here and vote for Road Trips for Beer. Thank you).
Third time’s the charm, or three strikes and I’m out. It could go either …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 31 to June 3, 2013.
May 30, 2013 – 9:37 pm | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 31 to June 3, 2013.

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Asheville Beer Week, Philly Beer Week and Detroit Craft Beer Month are all happening this weekend. These multi-day celebrations of a region’s craft beer scene present an excellent opportunity for Road Trips for Beer.
It’s …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 24 to 26, 2013
May 22, 2013 – 11:08 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 24 to 26, 2013

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The Weekend Beer Festival Forecast publishes each Wednesday to alert beer road trippers about beer festivals and other brew-related events during the upcoming weekend.
Click on the links to learn more.
If you would like your …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 17 to 21, 2013
May 17, 2013 – 11:01 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 17 to 21, 2013

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We hope everyone is enjoying American Craft Beer Week 2013. What better way to finish it off that attending a beer festival to rub elbows with fellow beer geeks and the folks that make …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 10 to 13, 2013
May 8, 2013 – 8:30 am | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 10 to 13, 2013

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With plenty of beer festivals this weekend, it sure will be nice to get back to real life and not have to worry about missing an awesome craft beer happening, right? Wrong.  American Craft …

Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 3 to 6, 2013
May 2, 2013 – 5:34 pm | No Comment
Weekend Beer Festival Forecast for May 3 to 6, 2013

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Two big events happen Saturday. The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby and Star Wars Day on May the Fourth (get it, get it?) Our advice is to find some great local beer to …

Craft beer guide to Louisville, a.k.a. Derby City (from the archives)
May 2, 2013 – 11:41 am | No Comment
Craft beer guide to Louisville, a.k.a. Derby City (from the archives)

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Louisville, Kentucky equals bourbon, mint juleps and the Kentucky Derby, right? Wrong. The town offers so much more, and the traveling beer geek has plenty of local craft brew destinations to explore.
We spent a …