Beer Cities Worth Travelling To That You Won’t Regret
As a devout beer traveller, I have explored popular beer cities that you might be familiar with – Portland, San Diego, Denver, Brussels and more. What may not be on your radar are the lesser-known beer cities that are killing it in the beer scene. Some have a younger history, others a solid foundation, but all have one thing in common and that’s great beer. When I say I’m travelling to these cities as a beer destination, someone undoubtedly does a spot-on impression of a puppy head tilt so let me tell you why these cities should be on your destination list.
Bruges, or Brugge to the Flemish-speaking locals, is an hour from Brussels via train (14€) and located in the Flemish region of Belgium. Brugge is a popular tourist destination but still, manages to exude a quiet solitude in this charming city. If you squint your eyes and ignore the Pizza Hut in the centre of town, you’re taken back centuries to a much simpler time.
But what about the beer? Café Rose Red will satisfy your craving for charcuterie and aged lambic from their extensive cellar offerings and Café ‘t Brugs Beertje has over 300 Belgian beers in this small café bar. If you’re looking for a 13th Century cellar with exposed brick arches, visit Le Trappiste – it is as cool as it sounds.
Port Moody, British Columbia
Visiting Vancouver and didn’t rent a car? Hop on the Skytrain to Port Moody (Moody Centre Station) and visit four breweries clumped within 400 metres on Brewer’s Row. Yellow Dog Brewing, Twin Sails Brewing, Moody Ales and Parkside Brewery will satisfy your quest for experimental IPAs and wild ales, with large tasting rooms and patios to sip your beer.
Fly into LAX or the much sleepier airport in Long Beach, and drive to Torrance in less than 30 minutes. There are numerous bars and breweries in the area but three are not to be missed. Phantom Carriage Brewery barrel-age their beers, use wild yeast and are located in what they call a haunted cellar. In addition to their line-up of beers, there are numerous guest taps, a bottle list, and a full kitchen to keep you occupied for hours. Next up, is Monkish Brewing Co. where you’ll find a range of well-crafted ales for every palate from blonde ales, farmhouse ales with brettanomyces to DIPAs. Lastly, Smog City Brewing Co.’s taproom has rotating experimental beers as well as crowd favourites such as their pale ale and porter.
If you’re itching to see the beach since you are in California after all, you can slip away to Redondo Beach and visit Naja’s Place where you’ll find 88 taps and a fantastic bottle list.
These three beer cities are just a small sampling of beer destinations that are close to the well-known, larger cities and can be easily incorporated into your beer trip. Enjoy!