Best Brewery Tour (2022)


The only thing better than sipping a pint of your favorite brew is getting a behind-the-scenes look at where it's made. 

  • Tröegs Independent Brewing

    Tröegs Independent Brewing
    Hershey, Pennsylvania

    Visitors in Hershey can choose between three tour options at Tröegs Independent Brewing, a free self-guided tour through the heart of the brewery, a guided production tour or a Splinter Tour exploring the brewery's barrel-aging program. The popular production tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at the wood-aging cellar, mill room, hop cooler, brewhouse, fermentation cellar and packaging line. A welcome beer is included.
    Photo courtesy of Tröegs Independent Brewing

  • Yards Brewing Co.

    Yards Brewing Co.
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    A tour of Yards gives beer lovers an inside look at how one of Philadelphia’s most popular beers is made. These humorous (and entirely wheelchair accessible) tours take guests through the production facilities, with tastings along the way and last about 40 minutes.
    Photo courtesy of Yards Brewing Co.

  • Bell's Brewery

    Bell's Brewery
    Comstock, Michigan

    Bell’s, one of the oldest craft breweries east of Colorado, started out with a 15-gallon soup pot in 1985. Today, visitors can tour the facilities free of charge at both the Comstock and Kalamazoo locations to learn more about the processes of brewing, fermentation and packaging. Tours include complimentary samples.
    Photo courtesy of Bell's Brewery

  • Guinness Open Gate Brewery

    Guinness Open Gate Brewery
    Baltimore, Maryland

    You don’t have to fly to Dublin for a behind-the-scenes Guinness experience, thanks to the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore. Hour long tours of the facility cover Guinness heritage while offering a glimpse at how the iconic stout is made today, stateside. Each tour includes a complimentary keepsake.
    Photo courtesy of Steve Vilnit

  • Samuel Adams

    Samuel Adams
    Boston, Massachusetts

    Samuel Adams has long been a giant in the Boston beer scene, and visitors are invited to learn more about the history of the company and its famous Boston Lager during 60-minute tours of the brewery. After hours tours let guests see the facilities with a cold one in hand. Other themed tours focus on the brewery’s history and barrel aging program.
    Photo courtesy of Sam Adams Boston Brewery

  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

    Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
    Milton, Delaware

    The first-come, first-served free tours of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery offer a laid-back journey through the working brewhouse, cellars and bottling line for a chance to watch the magic happen. For beer lovers, grain to glass tours go into normally off-limits parts of the facilities, including cold storage, the grain handling room and the barrel-aging room.
    Photo courtesy of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

  • New Belgium Brewing

    New Belgium Brewing
    Fort Collins, Colorado & Asheville, North Carolina

    Visitors to the New Belgium facilities in both Fort Collins and Asheville are in for a treat. Free 90-minute tours include beer sampling (of course) as well as stories of the brewery's history. After the tour, guests are invited to enjoy beers in the tasting room or grab a bite to eat from a rotating list of visiting food trucks.
    Photo courtesy of New Belgium Brewing Company

  • Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.

    Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co.
    Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

    Visitors to this Chippewa Falls brewery have two options for tours. The hour long Legacy Tour covers the 150-year history of Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, with a stroll through the modern facilities and a visit to the Leinie Lodge, where historical photos and vintage brewing equipment sit on display. The Behind the Scenes with the Family tour is led by a Leinenkugel family member for a more personalized experience.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Chalffy

  • Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
    Chico, California and Asheville, North Carolina

    Sierra Nevada beer fans have the opportunity to tour brewing facilities in either California or North Carolina. During each 45-minute interactive tour, visitors trace the process from grain to bottle. Smell whole-cone hops, sample sugary wort and finished with a guided tasting of Sierra Nevada beers. Heritage, Beer Geek and Hop Head tours go further in depth.
    Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

  • Spoetzl Brewery

    Spoetzl Brewery
    Shiner, Texas

    Spoetzl Brewery, the pride of Shiner, Texas, dates back to the early 1900s. Those who take the 45-minute brewery tour will be introduced to the history of Spoetzl, learn about the impact its success has had on the town of Shiner, and have the opportunity to witness the brewing process up close. Tour packages start at $20 per person over 21 years old and include complimentary pours of Shiner beer. 
    Photo courtesy of Portra // Getty Images


The top 10 winners in the category Best Brewery Tour are as follows:

  1. Tröegs Independent Brewing - Hershey, Pennsylvania
  2. Yards Brewing Co. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  3. Bell's Brewery - Comstock, Michigan
  4. Guinness Open Gate Brewery - Baltimore, Maryland
  5. Samuel Adams - Boston, Massachusetts
  6. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery - Milton, Delaware
  7. New Belgium Brewing - Multiple Locations
  8. Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
  9. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. - Multiple Locations
  10. Spoetzl Brewery - Shiner, Texas 

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning breweries!

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