Nick & Robin's Excellent Beer Adventure (contract tour)
In their effort to promote "Beer Awareness", Nick and Robin assembled a trip to some great locations around St. Louis, at a price that couldn’t be beat. Most facilities provided guided tours.
Next up was Six Row Brewing Co., which produces quality ales from the site of the old Falstaff Brewery, along with selections from other craft brewers and wineries. We enjoyed pizza, pretzels, mixed nuts and popcorn with our beer.
Then we visited The Stable - Brew House, Distillery, and Eatzzeria. This brew house is in the old draft horse stable of the historic Lemp Brewery. The owners are proud to brew beer on the grounds for the first time since Prohibition!! In addition to their own brews, they pour the best craft brews from across the country and the world through their 36 rotating taps. The distillery is best known for its rum, grappa, peach brandy, gin, and sambuca.
Next, we moved on to Square One Brewery and Distillery, where the beer selection eternally revolves. If you visit, check "What's on Tap" for the current selection from the 55+ beers!! Their micro distillery produces rum (the first distilled spirit in the United States), whiskey, vodka, tequila, gin, aquavit, schnapps, Citrus Mello and Ginger Cello. Many people enjoyed Baileys' Chocolate Bar down the street.
The final stop was Hill Brewing Company in Ferguson, MO. Springfield, IL native Joe Lonero owns this fine restaurant and brew house. We listened to Joe talk about renovating the building and learned about the ten brews on tap, including Ray Hill's Pilsner, another local brewer. Joe proudly proclaimed that he only carries locally owned beers and spirits from Missouri.
Joe's son, Mike, owns the Cork Wine Bar across the street. We discovered that Ferguson is a fun town with many things to do, like our stops on this trip. This was a fun day for all!
“Historical America” Beer Tour
October 20 – 24, 2011
Five days, four nights
You can make history, and tap into loads of fun, when you join the inaugural journey of Beer Tours USA on our “Historical America” Beer Tour.
Beer lover or not, this trip is for you! Starting in Springfield, Illinois, the guided tour will amble through Pennsylvania and Delaware. You will visit America’s oldest operating brewery and one of its most modern. Along the way you’ll stop at eight craft beer establishments in three states, visit historic sites, have time to shop, take in a beach resort and learn about the role of beer makers in America’s early years. And of course, you’ll have the chance to sample some of the preeminent brews in the world.
There can be only one inaugural tour for Beer Tours USA. This is it.
Thursday, October 20
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22
Sunday, October 23
Monday, October 24
Day #1 (Thursday, October 20)
Travel and get-acquainted day. You will depart from Springfield, Illinois by private motor coach and arrive at your hotel in New Cumberland, PA in the evening.
Day #2 (Friday, October 21)
After a complimentary breakfast in your hotel, you’ll take a short ride to Pottsville, PA where your visit begins with a guided tour of Yuengling Brewery, America’s oldest brewery and a National Historic Landmark. Founded in 1829 and now run by the fifth generation of Yuenglings, this company offers one of the most fascinating tours in the industry, including a walk through the fully functional 1831 brewery.
After the tour, you can roam the streets of Pottsville, a charming village of fewer than 15,000 people. The town has shopping and points of interest such as Jerry’s Classic Car Museum. You can cap the day with a tasty dinner at the Maroons Sports Bar & Grill. Proprietors Karen and Bob Dittmar will regale you with stories of the Pottsville Maroons, winners of the 1925 World Football Championship.
Day #3 (Saturday, October 22)
You are off to the Delaware shore to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Dogfish Head is one of America’s premier microbreweries, appearing on virtually every list of top-rated domestic craft beers. Milton is an ultramodern plant with cutting edge technology.
A short drive down the coast will take you to the famous Rehoboth Beach resort, where Sam Calagione started the Dogfish Head Brewing Company in a brewpub restaurant and distillery. In his picturesque establishment you may be asked to sample “test batches” of beer and vote for (or against) their production for the retail market.
Your hotel in downtown Rehoboth Beach is only a few feet from the boardwalk and world famous beach. Take a bicycle taxi or walk the streets to the many wonderful shops and restaurants in the area.
Day #4 (Sunday, October 23)
You will enjoy a whirlwind Sunday in historic Philadelphia with sightseeing and visits to four excellent local microbreweries—Triumph, Yards, Dock Street, and Manayunk. Located in the historic district, Triumph Brewing Company occupies a beautiful building, converted into a brewpub and restaurant with incredible décor and menu. Following two additional tours, you will dine at the gorgeous award-winning Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant, in a posh neighborhood overlooking the Schuylkill River. A pleasant evening drive through rolling hills to Somerset ends the day.
Day #5 (Monday, October 24)
The trek back to Springfield will feature a pit stop at the renowned Rathskeller in Indianapolis. Set in the historic 19th century Athenaeum Building, the Rathskeller has echoes of a quaint Bavarian inn or a lively Munich beer hall. You will thrive on an award-winning menu featuring authentic German cuisine as well as American and vegetarian fare.
Lodging and Meals
You will stay at excellent hotels all four nights:
All hotels include free continental breakfasts.
This price includes the compete 5-day tour with transportation via private motor coach, 4 nights accommodations with continental breakfast, brewery visits/admission to brewery tours, gratuities and taxes. Also included is a collectable, Made in U.S.A., Beer Tours USA custom designed "Historical America" T-Shirt to commemorate this event. This price does not include lunches, dinners or drinks.
Those who prefer may arrange their own transportation to and from Pennsylvania. We have arranged for transportation from Philadelphia International Airport to Pottsville on Friday October 21.
Robin Fuchs, founder of Beer Tours USA, will serve as your guide and host. Robin is a craft beer aficionado who is determined to introduce as many people as possible to this home-grown industry. Robin also founded CraftBeerDirectory.com, the only comprehensive nationwide online directory for the American craft brew industry.
To design distinct and educational tours, Robin visited hundreds of American-owned craft beer firms. To create this tour, Robin personally visited each venue and met with the Yuengling family and with Dogfish Head’s founder, Sam Calagione.
Chuck Costello is an experienced home brewer with aspirations to someday own his own micro brewery.
Robin and Chuck are brewing the first ever batch of a new beer, Beer Tours USA Wheaty Wheaty Blonde Lager, especially for participants on this tour.
“Historical Mid-America” Beer Tour
November 3 - 4, 2012
Two days, one night
Tap into loads of fun when you join Beer Tours USA on our “Historical Mid-America” Beer Tour!
Starting in Springfield, Illinois, the guided tour will amble through Wisconsin and Iowa. You will visit America’s second oldest operating brewery and one of its most modern. Along the way you’ll stop at eight craft beer establishments in three states, visit historic sites, have time to shop, and learn about the role of beer makers in America’s early years. And of course, you’ll have the chance to sample some of the best brews in the world.
Saturday, November 3
Sunday, November 4
Day #1 (Saturday, November 3)
You will depart from Springfield, Illinois by private motor coach and arrive at Rockford, IL where we’ll grab a quick brunch. Then we’re off to Minhas Craft Brewery, the “Oldest Brewery in the Midwest”. We’ll take a historic tour of the brewery before tasting their award winning beers. The sister and brother team of Manjit and Ravinder Minhas are the youngest commercial brewery owners in the world. The historic building houses the Hadock’s Museum of Beer Memorabilia, which is a private collection, valued at over a million dollars.
A short drive away is the Grumpy Troll Brew Pub. This charming little town has a history with the Grumpy Troll name, be sure to ask why! Their famous handcrafted ales and lagers have won too many awards to display all of them on the wall. The restaurant has a great selection of unique and tasty food items.
Our evening will be spent in historic Galena, Illinois. There is plenty to experience in this wonderful town. Enjoy the historic sites, a Main Street out of a storybook, and many blocks of interesting shops. The exciting Galena Brewing Company has a wonderful menu of food items, fantastic beers, and live music to entertain you.
You’ll stay the famous Chestnut Mountain Resort. This jewel features two restaurants, indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, spa services, and a game room. Enjoy a nightcap at the “late night” fully stocked bar featuring handcrafted beers.
Day #2 (Sunday, November 4)
After a complimentary continental breakfast at the resort, you’ll take a short ride to Potosi, WI, where your visit begins with tour of The National Brewery Museum and Research Library. The museum was founded by the American Breweriana Association (ABA). It offers one of the most fascinating tours in the industry including a walk through the fully functional 1852 restored brewery.
After the tour, you can have lunch in the restaurant and savor the fine beers of the Potosi Brewing Company or choose to roam the streets of the charming village of fewer than 700 people. The town has shopping and other points of interest including a winery.
Next up is Front Street Brewery in Davenport, IA. They now have two locations within walking distance of each other. The original is in an old historic building with a beautiful beer garden and serves a full menu of food as well as their famous hand crafted beers. A few blocks away, the new location is in the historic train station and loading dock. It’s right on the Mississippi River with a new scenic overlook deck.
Great River Brewery in Davenport is also walking distance from the other breweries. This unique brewery is located on the corner in an old gas station/ garage. Their beers are exceptional and they have a cutting edge new canning line that is an experience to see.
Blue Cat Brew Pub is normally closed on Sunday. However, they will open especially to host our group. The kitchen will offer a limited selection. This is quite a unique experience with the layout of this charming brewery/ restaurant. The food is phenomenal and the beer selection is worth this stop in itself.
Bent River Brewing Company is last on the list, but definitely not last in anything else. Their fine selection of beers, quality food menu, beautiful brew kettles and historic building are second to none!
Lodging and Meals
You will stay at an excellent resort one night:
This price includes the compete two day tour with transportation via private motor coach, one night of accommodations, brewery visits/admission to brewery tours, admission to both museums, gratuities and taxes. Also included is a collectable, Made in U.S.A., Beer Tours USA custom designed "Historical Mid-America" T-Shirt to commemorate this event. This price does not include lunches, dinners or drinks.
Robin Fuchs, founder of Beer Tours USA, will serve as your guide and host. Robin is a craft beer aficionado who is delighted to introduce as many people as possible to this homegrown industry. Robin also founded CraftBeerDirectory.com, the only comprehensive nationwide online directory for the American craft brew industry.
To design distinct and educational tours Robin visited hundreds of American-owned craft beer firms. He has personally visited each venue and met with the owner and brewmaster at each location.
Chuck Costello is an experienced home brewer with aspirations to someday own his own microbrewery.
Robin and Chuck are brewing the second ever batch of Beer Tours USA Wheaty Wheaty Blonde Lager for participants on this tour.
"Race Though Indy" Beer Tour
November 23 - 24, 2013
Two days, one night
Tap into loads of fun when you join Beer Tours USA on our “Race Through Indy” Beer Tour!
With the starting line in Springfield, Illinois, the guided tour will sprint through Illinois to the Indianapolis area, home of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”, the Indianapolis 500. You will visit the historic Home Brewing Company Bottling House, Fort Benjamin Harrison, and “Indiana’s First Brewpub”. Along the way you’ll pit stop at eight craft beer establishments, visit historic sites, have time to shop, and learn about the role of beer makers in America. And of course, you’ll have the chance to sample some of the best brews in the world.
Saturday, November 23
Sunday, November 24
Day #1 (Saturday, November 23)
You will leave the starting line from Springfield, Illinois, by private motor coach and arrive at Plainfield, IN where we’ll pit stop at the Three Pints Brewpub, which is known for their excellent beer and traditional pub fare. They are dedicated to ensuring their customer great beer, great food, and outstanding customer service.
Then we dash to Black Swan Brewpub, considered by local beer aficionados, as one of the “Top 3 Breweries” in the Indianapolis area and also famous for their upscale signature food menu. They’re driven to provide their customers with a unique culinary experience, delicious beers and warm hospitality.
Being careful not to speed out of the pit, we’ll drive hard and turn left to the Indiana City Brewing Company, in the historic “Home Brewing Bottling House.” This historical pit stop brews small-batch hand crafted ales. Starting on the foundation of traditional styles, they take it up a notch with specialty spices, aromatic hops and increased alcohol to create big ales.
Next, we bolt to Fountain Square Brewing Co. in the historic Fountain Square community. Their technical background in Microbiology, Chemistry, and Automation, made up the perfect storm needed to produce quality beer with a higher level of consistency and with improved shelf stability. Their passion for beer and diversity of tastes allows them to craft carefully refined recipes that they know will delight you.
Now, we dart to Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery – College Hill. Rock Bottom won Best Brewpub Group & Brewpub Brewer of the Year - 2013 GABF (Great American Beer Festival). This famous location won a medal - GABF (Silver) for its Naughty Scot. Passionate about pints. Maniacal for malts. Rock Bottom always has been and always will be about the beer. You'll not only enjoy these handcrafted brews you can relish their made-from-scratch food.
Our evening will be spent in historic downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. While famous for fast cars, there is plenty to experience in this “happening” town. With captivating sports venues, plentiful stores, restaurants, museums, and a vibrant nightlife, this vacation hot spot is a sight to behold.
You’ll stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites – Indianapolis Downtown. Just a stone's throw from two professional sporting venues, within minutes of the zoo, premier landmarks, museums, and more shopping than you can possibly handle. Then, after a satisfying day in town, you'll return to your room, complete with all sorts of amenities and comforts, including free high-speed Internet access, free Wi-Fi, 32" LCD TVs with premium cable channels, hairdryers, irons, coffeemakers, and more. You'll also rest your body atop comfortable, plush pillow top beds in a serene setting that will have you dreaming sweetly.
Day #2 (Sunday, November 24)
Sunday morning, at the hotel, you’ll enjoy a hot, delicious free Bright Side Breakfast®. With warm waffles, flavorful fruits and bottomless coffee and juice, and more, you'll start the morning off with a bang.
Now we’ll race to Thr3e Wise Men Brewing Co., which greets its guests with a classic lodge feel - exposed beams, concrete floors and warm wood walls, and has the perfect compliment to beer: pizza. Many other award-winning items are included on the menu too. Famous for their great selection of staple beers, seasonal offerings and a hand pulled cask that changes weekly.
Our next pit stop takes us to a “hidden gem”. Located at the historical former Fort Benjamin Harrison U.S. Army base, where Triton Brewing Company has opened in a renovated 1924 brick barn. Considered by local beer aficionados, as one of the “Top 3 Breweries” in the Indianapolis area. Brewer Jon Lang has more than ten years' professional brewing experience and numerous accolades for his craft. This experience and a commitment to use the highest quality water and raw ingredients have found many fans for Triton! We’ll enjoy a tour of the brewery and learn of the amazing history of this World War I era building and the transition into the brewery it is today.
Our last pit stop before our bolt for the finish line is in no way “last” in any sense of the word, since Broad Ripple Brewpub is “Indiana’s First Brewpub”. You will love the charm of Indy's very first Brewpub, and longest operating microbrewery. Happy Birthday to Broad Ripple Brewpub, which turns 23 on Thursday, November 14th! Established in 1990 by Englishman John Hill, born in Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire, and his wife Nancy, a Hoosier native. The Brewpub was designed to recreate a typical English pub with its dark wood paneling, decorative tin ceiling, and cozy fireplace. Delight in lively conversation and camaraderie at the bar; good-natured competition in the dart room; savor hand crafted beer and a relaxed meal.
Lodging and Meals
You’ll be treated like royalty for one night:
La Quinta Inn & Suites – Indianapolis Downtown
• $189 per Person, Double Occupancy
• $234 Single Occupancy
This price includes the complete two day tour with transportation via private motor coach, one night of accommodations, with a hot, delicious free Bright Side Breakfast®, all brewery visits/ admission to brewery tours, gratuities and taxes. Snacks and bottled water will be provided on the motor coach. Also included is a collectable, Made in U.S.A., Beer Tours USA custom designed “Race Through Indy” T-Shirt to commemorate this event. This price does not include lunches, dinners or drinks.
Robin Fuchs, founder of Beer Tours USA, will serve as your guide and host. Robin is a craft beer aficionado who is delighted to introduce as many people as possible to this homegrown industry. Robin also founded CraftBeerDIrectory.com, the premier comprehensive nationwide online directory for the American craft brew industry.
To design distinct and educational tours Robin visited hundreds of American-owned craft beer firms. He has personally visited each venue and met with the owner and/ or brewer at each location.
Chuck Costello is an experienced home brewer with aspirations to someday own his own microbrewery.
Robin and Chuck have brewed a batch of Beer Tours USA Wheaty Wheaty Blonde Lager for participants on this tour.