50 States Series: Top Wineries & Breweries Worth Traveling For

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Who doesn't enjoy/need a massive beer or a towering glass of wine after a stressful day, week, month, or even year? (Cue Friends theme song.) While some drinkers prefer to guzzle down cheap, mass produced swill from a can or (gasp) even a box - many others treat their livers much better by being choosey with their booze. Hops and grapes are so revered they not only affect our plans locally, but when we are traveling abroad too.

A day at a gorgeous winery in beautiful weather tasting delicately crafted vino simply can not be topped. Well, except maybe by a visit to a brewery, in awe of the impressive bottling efficiency and drinking enough craft samples that you stumble out smiling. We’ve searched through every state in the U.S. to find the top brewery or winery currently operating. Most are award-winners for their atmosphere or their original concoctions, and all of them deserve a visit from travelers for a tasting or a tour. So check out our list below and start planning a tasting trip around the country:

Alabama (Gadsden): Back Forty Beer Co.

Alaska (Fairbanks): HooDoo Brewing Co.

Arizona (Flagstaff): Mother Road

Arkansas (Springdale): Saddlebock Brewery

California (Escondido): Stone Brewing Co.

Colorado (Fort Collins): ODell Brewing Co.

Connecticut (Guilford): Bishop's Orchards

Delaware (Milford): Mispillion River Brewing

Florida (Homestead): Schnebly Redland's Winery & Brewery

Georgia (Atlanta): SweetWater Brewing

Hawaii (Lahaina): Maui Brewing Co.

Idaho (Boise): Fraser Vineyard

Illinois (Chicago): City Winery

Indiana (Indianapolis): Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co.

Iowa (Letts): Ardon Creek Vineyard

Kansas (Paxico): Prairie Fire Winery

Kentucky (Louisville): Against the Grain Brewery

Louisiana (Abita Springs): Abita Brewing Company

Maine (Portland): Allagash Brewing Company

Maryland (Mount Airy): Elk Run Vineyards

Massachusetts (North Truro): Truro Vineyards

Michigan (Traverse City): Chateau Chantal

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Boom Island Brewing Company

Mississippi (Kiln): Lazy Magnolia's Mississippi Brewery

Missouri (Cottleville): Exit 6 Brewery

Montana (Missoula): Ten Spoon Winery

Nebraska (Lincoln/Omaha): Granite City Food & Brewery

Nevada (Reno): Great Basin Brewing

New Hampshire (Amherst): LaBelle Winery

New Jersey (Pilsgrove): Auburn Road Winery

New Mexico (Santa Fe): Blue Corn Brewery

New York (Lake George): Adirondack Winery

North Carolina (Mocksville): RayLen Vineyards & Winery

North Dakota (Buffalo): Red Trail Vineyard

Ohio (Akron): Hoppin' Frog

Oklahoma (Watonga): Whirlwind Winery

Oregon (Hood River): Full Sail Brewing

Pennsylvania (West Chester): Boxcar Brewing Co.

Rhode Island (Pawtucket): Foolproof Brewing Company

South Carolina (Charleston): Edmund's Oast

South Dakota (Hill City): Miner Brewing Co.

Tennessee (Nashville): Jackalope Brewing Company

Texas (Garland): Lakewood Brewing Co.

Utah (Salt Lake City): Epic Brewing Company

Vermont (Greensboro Bend): Hill Farmstead Brewery

Virginia (Middleburg): Boxwood Estate Winery

Washington (Benton City): Hedges Family Estate

West Virginia (Thomas): Mountain State Brewing

Wisconsin (New Glarus): New Glarus Brewing Co.

Wyoming (Jackson): Thai Me Up Brewery

For more activities per state to add to your trip, check out our lists of RestaurantsMarathons, Family Attractions, Campuses, and Museums.

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