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30+ Best Breweries in Major U.S. Cities

By: Nathan Cranford
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Sweetwater Brewery Company

Relocating from Colorado to Atlanta in 1997, Sweetwater Brewery has brought a western flavor to the burgeoning Georgia microbrewery scene. As many as six different kinds of beer are brewed under the Sweetwater label at any given time, depending on the season and the progress of new recipes. The company's impressive brewing and bottling facility also offers tours. While most people enjoy the interesting and informative tour, the most popular stop is the last, where guests are invited to partake of a sampling of recent batches.

Atlanta, GA, United States
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Jester King Brewery

Nestled in a farmhouse in Ceres Park Ranch, Jester King Brewery is a microbrewery that creates brews with strong flavors. Noted for using organic ingredients, Jester King has even received the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) certification. The brews produced here feature unique names: Black Metal, Commercial Suicide, Le Petit Prince, Viking Metal, Bonnie the Rare, Wytchmaker and more. Take a tour around the brewery to get acquainted with their brewing process, and end your trip to Jester King Brewery with a tasting session of their delicious libations.

Austin, TX, United States
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Union Craft Brewing

The Union Craft Brewery is situated on Union Avenue, just a few minutes away from Maryland Zoo in Woodberry area of Baltimore. The unique brewery blends with ease traditional and contemporary styles of brewing and creates interesting, bold flavors. Established in 2011, Union Craft is responsible for well-balanced brews and ales such as Duckpin Pale Ale, Rye Baby IPA and the lager Blackwing, to name a few. As such, the brewhouse is open for tours on Saturdays while their fun and casual tap room remains open between Thursdays and Fridays.

Baltimore, MD, United States
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Samuel Adams Brewery

Learn the history of the Boston Beer Company, brewer of Sam Adams beer, since its beginnings in 1984. If you have you ever wondered how the brewing and fermentation process works, you will get to learn a lot from the tours offered by the Samuel Adams Brewery. Understand how yeast, grain and malted barley turn into liquid cheer and view the giant machinery that does it all with a little help from the brew-masters. At the end of the guided tour, visitors get a taste of the famous Boston Lager and seasonal brews. People below 21 years of age can also participate in the tours. However, they won't be allowed to partake in the tasting sessions. There is also a gift shop on site.

Boston, MA, United States
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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is one of the oldest and most famous breweries in Charlotte. The beers have a distinctive and original German feel to it and the brews tend to be a classic mix of hops, malt, water and yeast without any other experimental addition. After a tour of the facilities, you can settle down for a drink and a couple of hearty American snacks or sit out in the German style beer garden. A good time to visit is during the famous Oktoberfest that takes place in Olde Mecklenburg Brewery.

Charlotte, NC, United States
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Half Acre Beer Company

Half Acre Beer Company is one of the best breweries and bars in Chicago and has produced more than 25 year-round and seasonal brews. It is at this brewery that famous beers like their year-round Half Acre Lager or their specialty Baumé, an American chocolate rye stout, are brewed. Customers can sample beers at their taproom and also purchase Half Acre brews and paraphernalia at the store. If you are interested in learning more about the brewing process, visit this brewery on a Saturday and participate in the guided tour. Acquaint yourself with their equipment, which includes a three-vessel 15bbl Century brewhouse, battle axe bomber filler and 19 fermentation vessels! They only take 60 people per tour on a first come, first serve basis, so head here early in the morning. Half Acre also frequently sponsors events and tastings of new brews across Chicago.

Chicago, IL, United States
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Spread out over 25,000 square feet (2322 square meters), Rheingeist is the place to go for beer fanatics in Cincinnati. While you're sipping on one of their divine brews, you can enjoy a game of ping pong or cornhole with friends, or just take in the sight of the cool murals on the walls. Sample flights of their masterfully brewed beers before taking a tour of the facilities to see how they're made.

Cincinnati, OH, United States
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Brewing Co. is a brewery-pub and contains a gift shop too. The brewery, housed in a Victorian-style building, serves up some delicious sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers and more. The calamari is a local favorite. If you are not sure of the best beer that could be paired with your choice of appetizer then go for the recommended ones listed on the menu. Its exhaustive selection of craft brews and delectable pub grub make it of the top craft breweries of Great Lakes.

Cleveland, OH, United States
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Seventh Son Brewing Co.

The Seventh Son Brewing Co. was born of a dream and a passion for beer. This local brewery has found its home within a converted garage at the corner of North 4th Street and East 4th Avenue. With a spacious patio out back, and a smaller one out front, the Seventh Son Brewing Co. is the perfect place to hangout on a warm summer evening and sample some amazing brews. On tap, at the tasting room, you will find a variety of Seventh Son Brewing Co. beers, each boasting a distinctive character and boldness of flavor that sets it apart from the rest. IPAs and ales are the brewery specials, but there is a little something for everyone here. You can even have a gander at the brewery's brewing system while you enjoy a pint or two. Although the tasting room does not serve food, those feeling peckish can always grab a bite to eat from the food trucks that often visit the brewery. The selection of beers on tap is forever changing so be sure to keep an eye out for new additions. The taproom and brewery and also available on hire for private events.

Columbus, OH, United States
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Community Beer Company

Opened at the beginning of 2013, Community Beer Company likes to think of itself as more than just a craft brewery. The brewery hosts tours every Saturday afternoon and the price gets you a pint glass and four drink tickets so you can sample the wares. They usually have a few food trucks posted up during touring times too so you can delight all your taste buds. In addition to the tours, Community Beer Company hosts all kinds of community events at the brewery like art shows, concerts and beer school just to name a few.

Dallas, TX, United States
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Great Divide Brewing Co.

Brian Dunn, a beer enthusiast, established the Great Divide Brewing Co. in 1994. Within months since its inception, this brewery won awards at two of the most popular competitions in the world of brewing: World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, and has continued to win accolades since then. A specialty of this brewery is their leanings towards creating strong beers, and a popular favorite is the Old Ruffian, which boasts of alcohol content that crosses 10 percent. Regular tours of the brewery are offered, and guests can taste some of these brews at the tap room.

Denver, CO, United States
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Motor City Brewing Works

This fantastic brewery was made from salvaged equipment and reshaped into impressive brewing equipment. Brewery tours are available, but they have to be arranged in advance. Visit the laid-back taproom to leisurely taste their brews and enjoy delicious food. The hand crafted beer is unfiltered and unpasteurized, ensuring a naturally amazing flavor. Try the Motor City Pale Ale or the Bohemian Lager. If you're not in the mood for beer you can try one of their wines or their sodas, like the MCBW Orange Cream Soda. Motor City Brewing Works also offers a beautiful patio area, where you can sip on beer and devour food.

Detroit, MI, United States
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