My favorite brewery is the August Schell Brewery in New Ulm, MN. Besides having great german pilsner, weisse, and bock beers, the brewery is in the middle of a deer and peacock park and the folks are terrific!
Here's a site the list the top ten breweries and a list of the top 50 breweries by size in the United States
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Hesket Newmarket brewery, Cumbria - just fantastic -
The only brewery I've even visited is the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin. The sections on the history of water and hops and such were a little bit over the top - but the ad section and the bar were well worth the price of entry. The Guinness there is purported to be the best in the world... !
I grew up 25 miles from New Ulm (in Mankato, MN) and know the Schell Brewery quite well. Back then, it was just a small local brewery with no real national/international recognition! My, how times have changed... They still make some very good beers though.
My favorite brewery, that I have visited, is also the one where my husband (TP's beerman) is the Brew Master. Yup - consider me biased, but he makes some damn good beer! It is also the second oldest brewery in the US.
In the interest of expanding Dow's beer horizons - look here: The Joseph Huber Brewery
Before someone hits the "spam" button - I have posted this link in response to Dow's question only. And, yes, I am biased. But, being a Moderator, I also try to play by the rules and not post links that are promotional. He asked - I answered truthfully.
Dammit...and I was going to spam you too...
I used to contract brew at August Schell from 1989-1998. The beer was called Helenboch. Hey, I like your website. Check out my website:
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Leienkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls Wi. is a nice one to tour. Small,old and quaint. They are owned by Miller but thankfully have not changed much except they have benefitted from Millers ability to promote them.
My best tour was at the now gone Walters Brewery in Eau Claire Wi.
In the mid '80s I stopped there and asked for a tour. The lady at the desk called one of the Walters at home and asked her to come over and give me a tour. The Walters "girl", about 25 years old came in about 15 minutes and apologized for the delay since she was home cleaning her house. Took me on a tour of the whole place and left me by myself in the keg filling rooom at the end where she had a beer with me and then told me to stay as long as I wished and drink all I wanted. Shortly after it was sold and went through one or two more owners before being sold for scrap and the building demolished.
Been to a few Breweries while on my travels although the best tour ive been on was actually a distillery.
The Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg,Tennessee.
The tour guide was fantastic and it was well worth the visit.
Crazy thing is its a dry county so you cant buy it in the shops there,although you can purchase 1 bottle from the distillery
Im with Tina (plus its the only one lve visited!) Guiness Store House in Dublin - is pretty cool - you get to watch all the old guiness adds and if you fancy learn to pour a perfect pint of the black stuff!!
In Dublin there's a pub which brews its own as well Porterhouse in Temple Bar area - fantastic atmospher - always busy, sells beers from EVERYWHERE and the Oyster Beer can rival Guiness!