BEER TOURISM in the US is a growing trend. According to a Travelocity survey last year, more than three-quarters of those who participated said they would like to go on a trip where they visited craft breweries and sampled local beer. Recognizing this interest, Travelocity enlisted the expertise of the Brewers Association to find America’s best beer destinations by creating the first Beer Tourism Index. By examining the location of all breweries in the US, and looking at other factors important to a successful “beercation,” including the availability of rideshare services, accessibility via air and the average cost of lodging, this index identified the best large and small metro areas to sample some of the nation’s best craft beers. The full list can be found at Travelocity.com/beertowns.
THE TOP 6 LARGE METRO AREAS
Portland-South Portland-Biddeford, ME
Colorado Springs, CO
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
THE TOP 6 SMALL METRO AREAS
Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
Burlington-South Burlington, VT