Crates of wheat beer are pictured at the Weihenstephan brewery on November 16, 2009 in Freising, Germany. Located outside Munich, Germany, Weihenstephan is the world's oldest brewery. The former monastery brewery of the Benedictine monks was founded 1040 and was burned down four times since its founding. It sits on top of a beautiful hill and has a beer garden that offers beautiful views of the surrounding area. The Bavarian state brewery claims to be the oldest existing brewery in the world. (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Speaking of old breweries, the Yuenling Brewery in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is America's oldest brewery. While there, you can check out hand-dug fermentation caves that were used for storage before refrigeration. Established in 1829, the brewery has survived both war and peace. (Wikipedia)
Beer brewing tanks sit at the former altar of The Church Brew Works, an old church renovated into a brewery, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Dake Kang)
Supposedly, Belgium's Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren has the best beer in the whole world.
The Trappist monks started brewing the beer back in 1839 and only started selling to the public nearly a century later in 1931. But RateBeer.Com named them their dark, quadrupel-style 12 the best beer in the world, they became famous. The monks still only brew about 126,000 galloons of beer a year, and so it is hard to come by. There is a limit of one case per car, and you must call to order the case.
Every hour the "beer phone" gets about 85,000 calls, so best of luck!
Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont has been named the Best Brewery in the World by RateBeer.Com two years in a row. Seven of its beeer were listed in the top 100 beers in the world, according to Insider, and six of those beers were in the top 50 in the world. Plus, with sprawling countryside around the brewery, the view cannot be beat. (Flickr)
Not only does Kiuchi Brewery have the award-winning Hitachino Nest Beer (pictured), but you can create your own beer, including recipe, label and all. A brewer will walk you through the whole process as you decide the flavor palette, design the label, and brew the beer. It shows up on your doorstep three weeks later. (Flickr)
Brewery Vivant is set in a former funeral parlor, which sounds a little creepy, but in fact, has gorgeous stained glass-windows and vaulted ceilings and features "to die for" French and Belgian inspired brews, according to Insider.
Everyone loves taste-testing different beers, and doing it at a brewery is a whole different experience than a typical bar. There’s the unmistakable smell that every brewery has of hops and foam, you’re surrounded by other beer nerds who want to talk about the differences between ales and lagers, and you always learn a little bit about the history of the city you’re in. Plus, a cold, fresh beer just can’t be beat. Is your mouth watering too? Check out the list of breweries around the world that you should definitely try.
Starkenberger Brewery, Tarrenz, Austria
Weihenstephan, Freising, Germany
Yueling Brewery, Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Church Brew Works, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Abbey of Saint Sixtus of Westvleteren, Vleteren, Belguim