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Beers On Tap For Your Next Getaway

Charlotte beer lovers know that our hometown has a pretty established craft beer scene – and its growing every year.

But – if you have a bit of wanderlust and want to experience the USA – there is a whole wild world of beer happening all over our land.  Here is a handful of some of the best cities to put on your brewing bucket list:

portlandmainePortland, Maine

This charming New England city carries the title for most breweries per-capita in the United States.  As if that wasn’t enough to lure beer drinkers, add the wonders of a seaside town- amazing shellfish, a beautiful shoreline and instantly instagrammable lighthouses – and you have a perfect vacation spot.

Increasingly popular with tourists, Portland is a walkable city and most visitors find it a bit more affordable than other spots with the same kind of appeal.

grand-rapids-michiganGrand Rapids, Michigan

This western Michigan destination is living up to the name it gave itself:  BEER CITY, USA. With more than 80 breweries in the area, there is a beer for everyone. The ever-growing number of breweries are sprouting up  in renovated spaces such as a former funeral home, an old community firehouse and the first ever LEED certified production brewery in the country.

Visitors will also enjoy the foodie scene that is growing around the beer makers. The state’s 2nds largest city also has a beautiful sculpture park, great museums and proximity to the sandy shores of Lake Michigan.

asheville-ncAsheville, North Carolina

Practically in our back yard, Asheville’s beer scene is second to only Portland in the breweries per capita category.  Independent craft brewing has a long, 20 year history in this Blue Ridge Mountain city known for its diverse music scene, its dedicated arts district and its eclectic creativity along with its beer.

And, while you are in town, make sure to visit the largest private home in the country – Biltmore Estate. The 8000 acre property boasts a winery, gardens, shops and restaurants.

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