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Old 03-14-2013, 02:18 PM   #1
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Mar 2012
Mansfield, TX
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With small breweries popping up like weeds it seems here in Dallas/Ft Worth, you can't throw a rock on any Saturday without hitting a brewery tour.

My favorite?

Franconia Brewery in McKinney TX.

It's a small, regional brewery that's almost 100% "Green" in every aspect. You can sample (and I mean REALLY tickets or wristband-tabs) the beers while the tour is going. They also do a great job educating the folks on the history and the processes.

Rahr Brewing in Fort Worth is one of the older breweries in the area and do 2 tours a week. The Saturday tour gets PACKED but they've expanded the area so space isn't too much of an issue. They usually have a band playing, food trucks set up in the back lot and plenty of port-a-potties!

One I kick myself in the ass for missing? Yuengling. I grew up in Central PA and never did a tour up in Pottsville, even though it was only 90 minutes or so away.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:20 PM   #2
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If you ever get down to Austin, check out Jester King. Pretty cool place.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:23 PM   #3
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Denver, CO
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The Lagunitas tour was a blast. Lots of samples, funny stories about the start of the brewery and just all around good atmosphere.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:34 PM   #4
Jan 2013
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Southern Tier Brewery in Lakewood, New York!

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:48 PM   #5
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Dragonmead Brewery in Warren Michigan. Our homebrew club was given an awesome tour.

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Old 03-14-2013, 02:54 PM   #6
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New Jersey
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Hmm let me think of the ones I've been to: Heineken in Amsterdam (not really brewery but fun), Climax Brewery in Roselle NJ, Flying Fish in NJ, and Sierra Nevada in Chico CA.

Sierra Nevada was an amazing experience, spectacular tour and learned alot. Worth the 2 hour drive up from SF if ever in the area. Climax was great to since it was just me and the Brewer Dave. If ever in Amsterdam def gotta goto Heineworld, more like a museum but just alot of fun. Flying fish was eh. Lol.

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Old 03-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #7
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Jan 2012
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Monday Night Brewing Very low key, very informative, and really cool atmosphere. Atlanta, GA

Great Divide Brewing Building was built in the 20's and it isn't a very efficient brewery, but the staff was a blast. Denver, CO

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Old 03-14-2013, 03:24 PM   #8
Oct 2010
Sisters, Oregon
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Saya Beer Tour in La Paz, Bolivia, especially since I convinced them to add the zwickle shots. If you ever make it to La Paz, you can do the tour from either the Adventure Brew Hostel (thurs/sat) or get on the party micro from Loki (fridays).

This is the most irresponsible beer tour in the world.

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:45 PM   #9
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Erlanger, KY
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For a big brewery, New Belgium in Fort Collins. They do a nice job. Very professional and they provide good info for folks that don't know brewing.

For a small brewery, Country Boy in Lexington KY. One of the owners took three homebrewers through and answered all our questions.

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Old 03-14-2013, 04:49 PM   #10
Jan 2011
Pine Grove, PA
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Yuengling's tour is the sh*t. I grew up in Pottsville.

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