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
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