7 Hippie Destinations around the World for Beer Aficionado’s

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Whether you like your beer dark, juicy, fruity, sour, or simply something cold enough that tastes refreshing after a long day, there’s no doubt that we’re living in an era of brews! From Copenhagen to Tokyo and everywhere along the way, brew masters have been engrossed refining old classics and preparing new ones.

I’ve picked the top 7 destinations from around the world for beer lovers, based on the innovativeness of the city’s brews and prevalence of breweries. 

Skim through, book your ticket, and head over to one of these cities for a pure ‘beercation.’

From making low-alcohol containing beers made in local cloisters to preparing craft brews of recent times, Belgium has adopted a unique mix of beer snootiness and a laidback coffee culture. Belgian beer is poured and served in unique glasses, like snifters and chalices, precisely designed to enhance the taste of each brew. To understand the process of brewing, tasting, and serving, head to the Museum of Belgian Brewers in Brussels.

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Things to do: Visit Chasseurs Ardenais Market, Museum of Belgian Brewers, Jeu de Balle flea market

Best beer serving spots to visit: Brewdog, Brasserie Cantillon, Restobiere

Flight cost from India: Rs. 45,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: March to May, September to November

Popularly known as a beer hub for over several decades, Portland houses a wide variety of beer bars. With over 70 breweries, Portland’s beers are incredibly diverse, so much that there’s something for everyone’s taste. Head-over to Brewvana bus, known for hosting tours and tastings around the city, or just take a halt at one of the growler-filling stations serving local beers throughout the city.

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Things to do: Attend Oregon Brewers Festival, Holiday Ale Festival, Organic Beer Festival

Best beer serving spots to visit: Produce Row, Beer Mongers, Bailey’s Taproom

Flight cost from India: Rs. 80,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: June to August

Beer is so popular in Tokyo that one can purchase it from the local vending machines on the street. Since over a decade, craft beer culture has started to emerge in Tokyo. And hence, you’re likely to find every type of bar, from the traditional European-styled one to a modern locale with a beer tasting room.

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Things to do: Visit Tokyo Skytree, Nezu Museum, Golden Gai

Best beer serving spots to visit: Goodbeer Faucets, Beer Club Popeye, Devil Craft

Flight cost from India: Rs. 45,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: March to May, October to December

Portland may be known as a beer hub, but just a few hours up, Seattle isn’t falling back any less on claiming that title. Drinking beer is one of the ways in which Seattleites cope with endless rains. Therefore, it is not only a chance to taste some of the most fantastic beers, but also experience the rising beer culture in Seattle.

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Things to do: Concert in Secret Jazz Club, Visit to Mt. Rainier National Park and Alki Beach

Best beer serving spots to visit: Holy Mountain Brewing, Outlander Brewery & Pub, Stumbling Monk

Flight cost from India: Rs. 70,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: June to September

What Napa Valley is to wine lovers, The Mile High City is to beer lovers. September is the best time to visit Denver since that’s when beer aficionados from around the world come to cherish craft beer at the Great American Beer Festival. However, even if you don’t make it to Denver for the festival, the rooftop bars, breweries, and decks are enough to get a feel of this city.

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Things to do: Visit Downtown Aquarium, Hammond’s Candy Factory

Best beer serving spots to visit: First Draft Taproom & Kitchen, Bull & Bush Pub and Brewery

Flight cost from India: Rs. 75,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: May to October

Since the 17th century, Netherlands has been a major exporter of beer, and Amsterdam plays a significant role in the beer trade. While most of the cafes serve only a few beers on tap, but if you want to relish the real character of beer or enjoy some unique flavours, then head to traditional Dutch dive bars, brown bars, or brewpubs.

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Things to do: Attend concert at Concertgebouw, Party at Ruigoord, Karaoke night at The End

Best beer serving spots to visit: Craft and Draft, Brouwerij Troost, Beer Temple

Flight cost from India: Rs. 40,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: April to August, December to January

Irish pubs are quite similar to Chinese restaurants: you can find them at every corner of this world. Ireland being the motherland of these establishments, it is also the best place to find freshly poured stout. The local haunts and lively pubs in Dublin are the best hangout spots to spend an evening, overlooking all of Dublin.

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Things to do: Drink inside The Church, visit Guinness Storehouse Factory, Christ Church Cathedral

Best beer serving spots to visit: Against the Grain, The Brew Dock, Porterhouse Temple Bar

Flight cost from India: Rs. 42,000 (approx.)

Best time to visit: June to August

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