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10 Top U.S. Breweries To Add To Your Itinerary

Try one of these beer-lover favorites during your next Hilton Grand Vacations getaway

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Different types of craft beer in glasses on table in brewery

With large and small craft breweries popping up across the country, it’s easy to enjoy a refreshing, locally brewed pint of beer at your next Hilton Grand Vacations destination.

San Diego, California

California has some of the world’s best-loved breweries, and you’ll find more than 100 of them in North County, San Diego.

Stone Brewing

With indoor and outdoor dining, a bocce ball court and artisanal menu offerings, Stone Brewing is one of San Diego's flagship beer houses.

Relax in the open-air bistro and beer garden where the menu pairs seasonal plates with a variety of craft brews. Tours of the brewery are available for $15 per adult, which includes a souvenir tasting glass and four 4 oz. samples of craft beers.

Recent offerings: Stone XOCOVEZA Imperial Stout, Buenaveza Salt & Lime Lager, Dayfall Belgian White

Amplified Ale Works

What started as a kabob shop has transformed into one of the top breweries in San Diego. Amplified Ale Works is a local favorite for their inspired brews, live music and just-off-the-beach location.  

The kitchen and beer garden opened in Pacific Beach in 2012 with the goal of creating a gathering place for people to eat, drink and enjoy ocean views while socializing at outdoor picnic tables.

Recent offerings: Amplified Stratacaster!, Amplified Citra Siesta, Amplified Nyctophobia with Coffee  

Oahu, Hawaii

After a day snorkeling in the famous Hanauma Bay or longboarding in Waikiki, take in the aloha spirit by visiting a local brewery.

Honolulu Beerworks

Since opening in 2014, Honolulu Beerworks has focused on using locally sourced and unique imported ingredients in their brewing process. The recycled wood walls, local artwork, bench seating and two beer gardens reflect the rustic charm of the Kaka’ako neighborhood.

Whether you’re new to the world of craft beer or are a seasoned beer-lover, Beerworks has something for every palette. Along with “Hoppy Hour” specials every day, they offer classic pub munchies as well as hearty comfort foods like Beermade Bacon Mac & Cheese. There are also refreshing cocktails like the Mango & Cash, Cool as a Cucumber and Aloha My Friend.

Recent offerings: Plum Pals Gose, Pia Mahi’ai Honey Citrus Saison, Kokua Beer IPL

Beer Lab Hawaii

Try Beer Lab Hawaii near the university in Honolulu for small batch brews that provide beer connoisseurs a unique experience with every visit.

Select from up to 10 rotating beers for a sampler flight or pick up fresh crowlers and growlers to go. You’ll also find kombucha made in-house and unique Beer Lab Salami.

Stop in for special events such as trivia nights and sensory training workshops as well.

Recent offerings: Schwarzbiernator, Mililani Red, Dat Bitter

Big Island, Hawaii

Big Island Brewhaus

Big Island Brewhaus is a gathering place that combines the treasures of great food, beer and music for locals and visitors alike. The brewers consistently win awards for creating world-class beers one batch at a time.

Brewhaus works closely with local farmers, fishermen and beekeepers as well as cheese, bread and ice cream makers whose quality products make the food as fresh as possible. The Surfrider Foundation has honored them as a Platinum Level Ocean Friendly Restaurant and the second Blue Zone Approved restaurant on the island. 

Recent offerings: Overboard IPA, Golden Sabbath, White Mountain Porter  

Kona Brewing Co.

“Liquid Aloha” is the motto of this well-established Hawaiian brewery. Kona Brewing Co. (KBC) features a 2,000-square-foot lanai as well as indoor pub seating.

Lounge inside at the U-shaped Koa Bar and enjoy local food paired with refreshing beers. There’s also a Growler Shack serving beer to go that you can take to enjoy throughout the week.

Kona Brewing Co. offers hour-long tours for visitors ages 15 and up. The $25 admission includes a KBC gift and four beer samples for those ages 21 and older.

Recent offerings: Lavaman Red Ale, Wailua Wheat, Fire Rock Pale Ale

Breckenridge, Colorado

Colorado is a micro-brew mecca. During your vacation, cozy up to a crackling fireplace with a local brew.

Broken Compass Brewing

Breckenridge’s Broken Compass Brewing is a dog-friendly spot perfect for relaxing with a refreshing beer after a day on the slopes. Popular with locals and yearly visitors alike, they have two taprooms in the area, including one right on Main Street.

Create your own flight of beers to taste what’s on tap from Belgian Wit to Irish Red, Coconut Porter, Chocolate Coffee Stout and more.

Brewery tours are available as well as "Ridden Fat Bike Brewery Tours" where you can coast through the mountainous beauty of Breckenridge at almost 10,000 feet above sea level.

Recent offerings: Coconut Porter, Chili Pepper Pale Ale, Dog Days Peach Blonde

Breckenridge Brewery & Pub

Located on South Main Street, the Breckenridge Brewery & Pub has been a mainstay of local beer lovers since 1990. Offering outstanding mountain views from their dining room and patio as well as eclectic menu items and a wide selection of beers brewed on-site, it’s got something good for everyone.

Choose from the Bacon Beer Cheese Soup, Brewer’s Mac n’ Cheese, Wild Game Meatloaf and more, then taste what’s on tap with a Mainline Sampler of easy-drinking beers or an Adventure Sampler with four 5 oz. brews of your choosing.

Recent offerings: Avalanche Amber Ale, Vanilla Porter, Palisade Peach Wheat\

New York City

It isn’t hard to find great food and drink in the Big Apple. During your stay, add local beer tasting to your to-do list.

Brooklyn Brewery

Founded in 1988, Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg brews beers that enrich life, culture and the communities it serves. Instead of traditional advertising, the business favors donating beer to small theaters, art galleries, performers, museums, advocacy groups and more. They also offer free hourly tours on Sundays from 1 p.m.–6 p.m. as well as special Small Batch Tours for a fee during the week.  

Recent offerings: Brooklyn Lager, Pulp Art Hazy IPA, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Threes Brewing

Based in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood, Threes Brewing has been named “Best Brewery and Beer Bar in New York City” by Bon Appétit magazine. They focus on creating “approachable beers” with a modern take, including lagers, hop-forward American ales and mixed culture beers.

The flagship location opened in 2014 as a nontraditional taproom and event space. Beyond the main bar is a beer shop, coffee shop, music venue and backyard seating. The brewery also partners with food vendors during certain hours.

Recent offerings: Counterpart Pale Ale, Delicate Genius IPA, Solid Air Smoked Lager 

Check out more great places to eat and drink on your travels with this foodie guide and more special suggestions.


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