Announces Top 10 Beer Vacation Destinations, Loses Me after Number 2… released their Top 10 craft beer vacation destinations earlier this morning, and while some are slam dunks, others are head scratchers.

Sure visiting Stone and Dogfish Head make sense (they have beaches!), but Pottsville, PA?  Also, The state of Wisconsin gets a nod, but Colorado is left out in the cold?! Wisconsin is a great beer state, but there’s NO WAY it’s better than a summertime visit to the Rockies!

Here’s the full list, with each clickable to TheStreet’s reasoning behind the pick:  

Full Sail Brewery, Hood River, Ore.

Stone World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, Calif.

Highland Brewery, Asheville N.C.

Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, N.Y.

D.G. Yuengling & Sons brewery, Pottsville, Pa.

Portland, Maine

Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston

Sierra Nevada, Chico, Calif.

Dogfish Head, Milton/Rehoboth Beach, Del.


On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give this list a 6, as there are some must-see beer meccas here, but there are also some weak sisters and glaring omissions.

What about you?  How would you grade it?  What would you add or subtract here?

As always, let us know below!

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35 Comments on “ Announces Top 10 Beer Vacation Destinations, Loses Me after Number 2…”

  1. TeflonDon
    May 31, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    Yeah, I don’t consider Yuengling to be “craft” beer; and Sam Adams is on the cusp of becoming a macro brew in my good.

    It’s good to see Asheville getting more publicity on this front (although I’d prefer to keep the beer culture as our little secret here in the mountains).

    • May 31, 2011 at 10:47 am #

      Yeah, I was gonna knock the Asheville pick but then I recalled all the “Best Craft Beer City” wins of late – must be something good happening there!

      • May 31, 2011 at 10:50 am #

        Well, I go drinking there, so maybe they know about that.

        • May 31, 2011 at 10:57 am #

          Or they’re just going by volume, Daniel…

      • johnking82
        May 31, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

        Its an online poll….kinda like American Idol. I’d take its classification with a grain of salt. I wasn’t impressed.

        • May 31, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

          Yeah, those are easy to game, but it shows that there’s a bunch of folks in the area who care enough to click – a good sign!

  2. Evan
    May 31, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    They put next to zero effort in to making this list.

    • May 31, 2011 at 10:57 am #

      I agree. It could have been a really cool thing, but it’s kinda meh…

      • May 31, 2011 at 11:11 am #

        No publicity is bad publicity. You’re giving them hits.

        • May 31, 2011 at 11:56 am #

          Yes, but they gave me a post. 🙂

  3. David Smith
    May 31, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    I know Asheville is a great beer city, but that picture of Highland Brewing that they chose doesn’t exactly scream “fun”. Stone is great, but very pricey and the food is just ok.

    • May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      I agree, the Asheville picture is quite “WTF?!” – nothing like a warehouse vacation!

      • May 31, 2011 at 5:48 pm #

        [crosses “warehouse in Asheville” off honeymoon destination list]

  4. May 31, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    Any time your list has a brewery and a state as if they are similar destinations, you are an not working hard at your job.

    • May 31, 2011 at 11:58 am #

      That’s a pretty good point – they do have a bit of a scale issue here…

  5. May 31, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Portland, Maine instead of Portland, Oregon?! Nothing from Colorado?!!

    What, did an intern make up this list? 😉

    • May 31, 2011 at 11:59 am #

      No way – interns know their beer!

      • johnking82
        May 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

        Portsmouth, NH > Portland, ME.

        • May 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

          Many places are > than Portland, ME.

        • May 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm #


      • The Wookie
        May 31, 2011 at 3:11 pm #

        My interns brew their own beer.

        • May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

          Nice! Those are the dudes I suspect.

  6. May 31, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    ROAD TRIP!!!

    Frederick, MD [Flying Dog] => Rehoboth, DE [DFH] => Philadelphia [Yards] => Cherry Hill, NJ [Flying Fish] => Lambertville, NJ [River Horse] => New Hope PA [Triumph] down the turnpike to Downingtown, PA [Victory] => Phoenixville, PA [Sly Fox] => Pottstown [Yuengling (if you must)] => Harrisburg, PA [Tröegs]

    • May 31, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

      I don’t think I’d make it all the way to Harrisburg!!

    • The Wookie
      May 31, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      I’m in! Where does the Beer & Whiskey Bros tour bus meet and when do we leave??

      • May 31, 2011 at 3:33 pm #


        • The Wookie
          May 31, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

          The alternative to this road trip is just to hang in Philly from 6/3 to 6/12 and all these brewers will come to us for Philly Beer Week. You coming down the Turnpike for any Beer Week Philly Phun?

        • May 31, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

          Hmm…not planning on it…stoopid family and career!!

        • Don
          May 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm #

          You’re just not dedicated enough! It takes sacrifice to be good at your avocation.

        • Don
          May 31, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

          Boise, Meet me at the corner of State and 5th. If you’re late, I’m going home!

        • The Wookie
          May 31, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

          Avocation? I think the word you are looking for is addiction.

  7. May 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    There are a lot of brewers I’d like to see on a beercation. Sierra Nevada would pretty middle-of-the-pack. That was the very first one that jumped out at me.

  8. May 31, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    Colorado, California and WA left out of the picture? I don’t know…

  9. June 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

    I like Yuengling as much as the next guy but Pottsville? As a vacation destination? Uh, no.

    Also, I second Randy’s roadtrip suggested above!

  10. Trevor B
    June 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I am going on a beer vacation to Belgium next month, I don’t see that on the list, clearly all the results should be thrown out

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