Published on April 7th, 20131
The Midwest: A Beer Lovers’ Paradise
Nothing’s better than a nice cold brew on a hot summer day (or any day of the year for that matter). The Midwest is known for playing host to some of the best craft beer breweries in the U.S., but what makes Midwest beer different from the rest? Some say the water is superior. Others say that the weather is perfect for making beer. Still others claim that it is the Midwestern love that is put into the beer. Time to find out for yourself!
New Holland Brewing
Are you a beer person, but your significant other isn’t? Well, now you both can be happy. At New Holland Brewing, put on your safety glasses and take a tour of the brewery where you can taste the grains used to make beer, then hop on over to the distillery and learn about New Holland’s line of spirits. If all of that touring, drinking and info gathering makes you hungry, step into New Holland Brewing Company Pub for some beer-inspired pub grub. Three Beers Worth Trying: El Mole Ocho Mexican Spiced Ale | Dragon’s Milk Ale | Farmhouse Hatter India Pale Ale
Galena Brewing Company
Live bands, Wii games, carriage rides, free western and latin line dancing lessons… at a brewery? You heard us right. This is not your typical brewery or brew pub. With an ever-changing list of events like music, beer pairing dinners and even reggae festivals, we guarantee that you’ve never been to a brewery like this. So next time you are in Galena, stop by Galena Brewery for Tapas-style food, entertainment and some delightful Midwest craft beers. Three Beers Worth Trying: Uly’s Dark Oatmeal Stout | Miner’s Treasure Amber Ale | Anabelle’s India Pale Ale
If you’re looking for a brewery tour completely different from every other, look no further than the Lakefront Brewery. You’ll still tour the facility, learn about the beer-making process and sample the beer, but you don’t have to try to chug your samples before and after the tour. The brewery features taps at nearly every stop along the way to ensure that your glass is always full of Midwest craft brew and entertaining tour guides with a vast array of knowledge. Plus, on each tour, one tour-goer is designated as beer royalty—it could be you!
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Boulevard Brewing Company
Craft beer can be expensive. Learning about it doesn’t have to be with the free brewery tour at Boulevard Brewing Company. Tour the old and new facilities and learn all you could want to know about making beer from knowledgeable people who love what they do. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse of the view from the Muehlebach Suite while you are there. Just make sure you make reservations in advance because these popular tours book up well ahead of time.