Beer/wine travel

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  1. boondr

    boondr Gold Member

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    I am just as obsessed with craft beer as I am with miles/points. My "collectors" item is brewery T-shirts (30-40 unique ones from 25 or so breweries so far)

    My wife likes wineries and I think they are fun as well. We've done a few trips to CA but I want more ideas.

    Anyone have any good Beer/Wine vacations they can share? ( don't eliminate CA as its a big state and I can filter out things I know about)

    Thanks
     
  2. LarryInNYC

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    Obviously, Belgium.

    Surprise beer destination these days? Italy.
     
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    boondr Gold Member

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    Oops mods can you move this to the travel section my mistake.
     
  4. jpgisbd

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    I would suggest Oregon. Incredible craft beer and great wineries. You can find great breweries throughout the state. I live in Eugene and there are great breweries in town including Ninkasi, Oakshire and Hop Valley. There is also a Rogue outpost and another local place Falling Sky, that doesn't distribute, but serves great beer in their restaurant. Also, great wineries nearby. There isn't the opulence of Napa but still lots of good wine, pinots and whites are especially good. Also, many more options in and around Portland. I am a craft beer aficionado myself and just moved to Oregon a year ago. It is second to none, in my opinion.
     
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    My home of Colorado. The "front range" (Colorado Springs at the south to Fort Collins at the north) is a beer mecca. I work in downtown Denver and can be at 5 different breweries within 2 miles. http://coloradobeer.org/
     
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    If you're talking in the states, you can hit up the great lakes region for some great craft brewing. You've got Goose Island and Flossmoor Station (one of my faves) in Chicago, then you have Three Floyd's just across the state border in Dyer, Indiana and then up the road in Kalamazoo, Michigan you have Bell's Brewery. I've not been a huge fan of a lot of local brews here in Florida, although I will say there's an amber called Monk in the Trunk from Jupiter, FL that I really enjoy.
     
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    Oregon, Oregon, Oregon. Portland alone has 50 craft breweries. Wineries are an easy day trip.
     
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    boondr Gold Member

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    Any Airports in So. Oregon I can fly into to hit Crater lake in the same trip?
     
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    Asheville was voted Beer City USA two years in a row with a burgeoning number of craft breweries. There are a couple dozen wineries within 100 miles of Asheville.
     
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    What he said. And by burgeoning he means a crap ton. We have also been selected by two midsize breweries as the place they will be building new facilities New Belgium being one, I can't recall the other.
     
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    Sierra Nevada is the other.
     
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    boondr Gold Member

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    Asheville as in AVL?
     
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    Yep! The biggest concentration of wineries is to the east of AVL, so CLT and GSO are also possibilities.
     
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    Being in Va AVL is probably a drive to destination for me.
     
  15. livefastdiefun

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    Domestic- Here is a handy interactive map that shows all the craft breweries across the US: Craft Beer Map
    I personally recommend Colorado, Texas (Austin), and Oregon. Lots of great outdoor activities, fun cities, great people and even better food & drink

    International: Germany (Bavaria especially), Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, England (if you like room temp ales). Germany also has fine selection of wines and wineries.
     
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    If you want to go farther afield, I heartily recommend Prague for the Czech Beer Festival in May (runs for most of the month). In addition to some great Czech beer, you can enjoy one of the best cities on the planet.

    Andyandy

    For domestics, one of my favorites is the Knoxville Brewer's Jam (http://knoxvillebrewersjam.com/), usually held the first away weekend in October. Thirty odd breweries beneath the Sunsphere at the old World's Fair park. And the proceeds go to charity, woohoo, beer for charity! I'll be there again this year, October 6th.
     
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    There are airports in Klamath Falls and Medford. Not exactly sure about the routes and airlines. Klamath Falls would be the closet to Crater Lake. We are about 2 1/2 hours northwest of Crater Lake here in Eugene. I highly recommend a day trip if you can fit it in the schedule.
     
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    I would add the Central Coast of California, where there are a number of new microbreweries. I also remember reading something about Australia developing a microbrew industry, but I really have no idea where they would be.
     

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