We love them both.
Put them together and you may as well be in paradise. Whether you are scaling the West Coast or you find yourself in the Northeast, there are plenty of fantastic spots that offer great beer, cozy lodging, exhilarating entertainment and boundless adventure. The key is finding them. Fortunately for you, you've come to the right place. From Oregon to Vermont, you would be wise to spend your beer vacations at these places.
Mike and Brian McMenamin are well known in the Pacific Northwest, hailed for their restaurants, brew pubs and community work. McMenamins Edgefield is one of the gems they have given to Oregon.
Located in Troutdale, McMenamins Edgefield has been praised throughout the country. Not only does it boast a brewery, it's also surrounded by a winery, a distillery, a spa, a movie theater and even an outdoor music venue that has featured several world-famous musicians.
Tack on 10 restaurants and bars, two golf courses, gardens, a gift shop and plenty of art work from local artisans and you won't be leaving anytime soon.
The McMenamins haven't simply produced a venue for sipping on excellent beer—they have produced a village.
McMenamins Edgefield, 2126 S.W. Halsey Street, Troutdale, Ore., 503-669-8610
Saratoga Resort and Spa/Snowy Mountain Brewery
Located in the small town of Saratoga, Wyoming, Saratoga Resort and Spa not only boasts nine house beers at Snowy Mountain Brewery, it's also a dream world for outdoor enthusiasts.
Whether you are into fly fishing, golfing, snowmobiling, hunting, ATV expeditions, horseback riding, hiking, biking, kayaking, cross country skiing, ice fishing, snowshoeing or birding, Saratoga Resort and Spa will accommodate you from season to season.
Did I mention there is a natural hot springs on site?
By the time you're done exploring this spectacular resort, you city slickers may forget you even hailed from the city at all.
Saratoga Resort and Spa, 601 East Pic Pike Road, Saratoga, Wyo., 800-594-0178
Potosi Brewing Company
One of the oldest breweries in Wisconsin dating back to 1852, Potosi Brewing Company certainly has its fair share of history.
It also has some pretty good beer, too.
Whether you are into golden ale, pilsener, porter or want to try out a seasonal offering like the Potosi Fiddler (an oatmeal stout), there's something for everyone to try at the brewery, which also comes complete with a beer garden.
And for you beer historians out there, how about a museum dedicated to brew? Yes, that's right, The National Brewery Museum is on site, exhibiting old beer cans and bottles, memorabilia, advertisements and collectibles.
Mmmm, history sure tastes good.
Potosi Brewing Company, 209 South Main Street, Potosi, Wis., 608-763-4002
Skagway Brewing Company
Established in 1897, Skagway Brewing Company has roots dating all the way back to the Klondike Gold Rush.
As you can imagine, the pub has an old-time, local feel. Whether you prefer a handcrafted ale or would rather choose from a vast selection of wine and liquor, sit yourself down on a bar stool and chatter with the locals and travelers that are sure to have plenty of stories to tell. And don't forget to check out the beer garden while a young, vibrant crew makes you feel at home.
Featuring plenty of history, a rustic setting, and an energetic environment, Skagway Brewing Company will appeal to both the young and the old.
Skagway Brewing Company, 7th and Broadway, Skagway, Alaska, 907-983-2739
Trapp Family Lodge/Trapp Lager Brewery
Established by the von Trapp family that inspired "The Sound of Music," the Trapp Family Lodge possesses a rich history.
Of course, the Trapp Lager Brewery and a variety of outdoor activities add to the mountain resort's fame, too.
Guests can choose from several of Johannes von Trapp's lagers at the brewery, as well as seasonal beers.
When they are not at the brewery, guests have a vast wilderness to explore…as in, 2,500 acres of vast wilderness. The Trapp Family Lodge offers such outdoor activities as mountain biking, cross country skiing, hiking, bird watching, snowshoeing, tennis, swimming and even disc golf. Also, don't forget to participate in the yoga classes and treat yourself to a massage.
Great lager, beautiful mountain views and an immense play area?
What's not to like?
Trapp Family Lodge, 700 Trapp Hill Road, Stowe, Vt., 800-826-7000