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How Beer Saved the World

How Beer Saved the World Why do we get so excited about visiting breweries? Because beer has made such a huge difference throughout history.
Don't believe it? Watch the documentary! (Note that this Discovery Channel production may not continue to be freely available at the link to the left. Alternative link. An old, and no longer working, link is "http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/how-beer-saved-the-world/" and other links may be found using a web search. The show can also be purchased several places, such as Amazon and Netflix.)

 

 

 

Breweries by City

Tim and Beth have some favorate places to visit breweries:

Colorado: Colorado Springs,     Denver,     Ft. Colins
Northwest: Seattle, Washington,    Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Northeast: Boston, Massachusetts,    Niagara Falls, Canada,     Montréal, Canada
Westcoast: San Francisco, California

International: Villa General Belgrano, Argentina

For more breweries, check out the maps available from: Brewing News Maps

Brewery Tours

   Follow @SimSolBrewNews on Twitter to get notifications when new virtual tours are added (no junk tweets; promise!).

As travelers who enjoy a great beer now and then, Beth and Tim at SimSolTravel like to share their experiences when they can visit breweries around the world. And occasionally they find a gem of an old poster promoting the virtues of beer, like this What is Beer? poster, from the United Brewers Industrial Foundation. Please enjoy a virtual tour of some of the breweries they have visited (SimSolTravel's Albums):

Stiegl Brewery: Salzburg, Austria (July 2006)
The Stiegl Brewery is one of the oldest and largest in Europe.
Fujiyama Brewery: Fujiyoshida, Japan (July 2007)
This German style brewery is located at the foot of Mount Fuji (Fujisan).
Pike Brewing Company: Seattle, Washington (July 30, 2009)
The Pike Brewing Company is a great place to recover after a day shopping at the Pike Place Market.
Alaskan Brewing Company: Juneau, Alaska (August 2, 2009)
The Alaskan Brewing Company is the only major brewery in Alaska.
Buckerfields Brewery: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
The Buckerfields Brewery is located inside the Swan Hotel and was our first stop on a one day whirlwind Victoria Brewery Tour!
Canoe BrewPub: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
Canoe is located in an 1894 heritage landmark building and was the second brewery on our one day whirlwind Victoria Brewery Tour.
Spinnakers BrewPub: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
The Spinnakers BrewPub, a 20 minute walk from Canoe, was the third brewery on our one day whirlwind Victoria Brewery Tour.
Elysian Brewery: Seattle, Washington (August 8, 2009)
The Elysian Capitol Hill location is one of three Elysian BrewPubs in Seattle.
Pyramid Brewery: Seattle, Washington (August 8, 2009)
The Pyramid Brewery is an Alehouse with an exhibition brewery at the original Pyramid location.
Gore Range Brewery: Eagle, Colorado (April 2010)
Craft beer at 7226 feet!
Brew House Brewery: Whistler, BC, Canada (May 2010)
Great combination of craft beer, good food, Olympic tradition and fun.
Steamworks Brewing Co: Vancouver, BC, Canada (June 2010)
Great craft beer and an Alaskan cruse. A winning combination!
Backcountry Brewery: Frisco, CO (June 2010)
Colorado mountains and craft beer. It just doesn't get any better!
Magnolia Pub and Brewery: San Francisco, Califorina (July 2010)
Creaft beers and the nostalgia of Haight-Ashbury.
Russian River Brewing: Santa Rosa, Califorina (July 2010, June 2013)
Home of Pliny the Elder and a lot more! (see Pliny the Youngest).
Pikes Peak Brewing: Monument, Colorado (August 2011)
Craft beer and a view of the Front Range, including Pikes Peak, of course!
Buller Brewing: Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 2012)
This is a delightful craft brewery with a great selection of house beers in many styles.
Antares Brew Pub: Buenos Aires, Argentina (April 2012)
Good beer and a great night spot.
Viejo Munich Brew Pub: Villa General Belgrano, Argentina (April 2012)
A bit of old Germany in the heart of Argentina!
MAK Bier: Villa General Belgrano, Argentina (April 2012)
A German micro-brewery in Argentina.
Jerome Brewery and Pub: Mendoza, Argentina (April 2012)
Good beer in the heart of Argentine wine country.
Craftworks Tap House: Seoul, South Korea (May 2012)
One of a very few craft beer pubs in Seoul, Craftworks provides beer lovers some real choices.
Asahi Brewery: Tokyo, Japan (May 2012)
Craft brewing is finally starting in Japan.
Empyrean Brewing: Lincoln, NE (June 2012)
Great beers in the Great Plains.
Schell Brewery: New Ulm, MN (June 2012)
The second oldest family operated brewery in the US.
Equinox Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado (July 2012)
Check out the pedal-powered keg delivery vehicle!
Funkwerks Brewery: Fort Collins, Colorado (July 2012)
Drink local or drink Belgian? Do both!
Prost Brewing: Denver, Colorado (August 2012)
Traditional German brewing equipment for traditional German beer!
BrauKon Camba Brewery: Camba Bavaria, Germany (October 2012)
Bavarian countryside and master brewers!
Bristol Brewing Co., Tejon St: Colorado Springs, Colorado (February 2013)
Great beers and fabulous community support -- a truly winning combination!
Westvleteren Abbey : Westvleteren, Belgium (April 2013)
St. Sixtus' Abbey in Westvleteren, West Flanders, Belgium.

Coming Soon! It is a lot easier, and more fun, to visit breweries and take the pictures than to get them on this web site. Pictures for these breweries are being processed and will be added to the site soon but the order and schedule is somewhat randum. If there is a specific brewery that hasn't yet been processed that you would like to see, please email to get it on the top of the "to do" list.

Santa Fe Brewing: Santa Fe, New Mexico (November 2008)
Glenwood Canyon Brewery: Glenwood Springs, Colorado (September 2009)
Dam Brewery: Dillon, Colorado (January 2010)
Breckenridge Brewery Pub: Breckenridge, Colorado (January 2010)
BrewHous: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada (May 2010)
Thirsty Bear Brewing: San Francisco, California (July 2010, June 2013)
21st Amendment Brewery: San Francisco, California (July 2010)
Tommyknocker BrewPub: Idaho Springs, Colorado (September 2010)
BierWerks Brewery: Woodland Park, Colorado (January 2011)
Rancho Verano Distillery: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (March 2011)
Breckenridge Brewery: Denver, Colorado (April 2011)
Uptown Brothers Brewing: Denver, Colorado (April 2011)
Great Divide Brewing: Denver, Colorado (December 2009, May 2011)
Strange Brewing: Denver, Colorado (October 2010, May 2011)
Wynkoop Brewing: Denver, Colorado (May 2011, June 2011)
Boston Beer Company: Boston, Massachusetts (June 2011)
Boston Beer Works: Boston, Massachusetts (June 2011)
Breckenridge Distillery: Breckenridge, Colorado (August 2011)
Pints Pub: Denver, Colorado (September 2011)
Denver ChopHouse Brewery: Denver, Colorado (September 2011)
Denver Beer Company: Denver, Colorado (October 2011)
Renegade Brewing: Denver, Colorado (October 2011)
Shamrock Brewing: Pueblo, Colorado (October 2011)
Avery Brewing: Boulder, Colorado (November 2011)
Asher Brewing: Boulder, Colorado (November 2011)
Twisted Pine Brewing: Boulder, Colorado (November 2011)
Upslope Brewing: Boulder, Colorado (November 2011)
Old Dominion BrewHouse: Washington, DC (December 2011)
CapitolCity Brewing: Washington, DC (December 2011)
Dogfish Head Brewery: Milton, Delaware (December 2011)
Dogfish Head Brew Pub: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (December 2011)
Second Street Brewery: Santa Fe, New Mexico (December 2011)
Flagstaff Brewing: Flagstaff, Arizona (December 2011)
Carver Brewing: Durango, Colorado (December 2011)
Steamworks Brewing: Durango, Colorado (December 2011)
Durango Brewing: Durango, Colorado (December 2011)
Ska Brewing: Durango, Colorado (December 2011)
Dad & Dudes Breweria: Aurora, Colorado (February 2012)
Colorado Mountain Brewery: Colorado Springs, Colorado (February 2012)
Upstream Brewing: Omaha, Nebraska (June 2012)
Firehouse Brewing: Rapid City, South Dakota (June 2012)
Naked Winery and Microbrewery: Hall City, South Dakota (June 2012)
Cooper Smiths Pub & Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado (July 2012)
Pateros Creek Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado (July 2012)
Brauhaus Am Potsdamer Platz: Berlin, Germany (September 2012)
Vetter Brauhaus: Heidelberg, Germany (September 2012)
Unterbaarer Bier: Baar/Schwaben, Germany (October 2012)
Unions Bräu: Muchen, Germany (October 2012)
Hasen-Bräu: Ausburg, Germany (October 2012)
Rirgele BrauWelt: Ausburg, Germany (October 2012)
Würzburger Hofbräu-Keller: Würzburger, Germany (October 2012)
New Belgium Brewery: Fort Collins, Colorado (November 2012)
Cooper Smiths Pub Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado (November 2012)
Equinox Brewing: Fort Collins, Colorado (November 2012)
O'Dell Brewing Co.: Fort Collins, Colorado (November 2012)
Crazy Mountain Brewing Co: Edward, Colorado (November 2012)
Chelsea Brewing Co: New York City, NY (March 2013)
Heartland Brewery: New York City, NY (March 2013)
Meantime Brewing: London, England (April 2013)
Brasserie D'Achouffe: Achouffe, Belgium (April 2013)
Rochefort Abby : Rochefort, Belgium (April 2013)
Brasse-Temps : Mons, Belgium (April 2013)
Halve Maan Brewery : Brugge, Belgium (April 2013)
MolsonCoors Brewery : Burton-upon-Trent, England (April 2013)
National Brewery Centre: Burton-upon-Trent, England (May 2013)
Marston's Brewery: Burton-upon-Trent, England (May 2013)
Franciscan Well Brewery: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Beamish Brewery: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Porterhouse Brewing Co: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Guinness St James Gate Brewery: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Downtown Joe's Brewery: Napa, California (June 2013)
Napa Smith Brewery : Napa, California (June 2013)
Anchor Brewing Co: San Francisco, California (June 2013)
Beach Chalet Brewery: San Francisco, California (June 2013)
Pacific Coast Brewing Co: Oakland, California (June 2013)

Breweries by Cruise

One of the joys of taking a cruise is seeing many different ports. Beth and Tim have found that a cruse is also a great way to see breweries and brew pubs.

July/August 2009 Alaskan Cruise

Here are the ones they visited on their July/August 2009 Alaskan cruise aboard the Holland America Zaandam:
Pike Brewing Company: Seattle, Washington (July 30, 2009)
Alaskan Brewing Company: Juneau, Alaska (August 2, 2009)
Alaskan Hotel and Bar: Juneau, Alaska (August 2, 2009)
Big Bad John's: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 6, 2009)
Buckerfields Brewery: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
Canoe BrewPub: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
Spinnakers BrewPub: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 7, 2009)
Elysian Brewery: Seattle, Washington (August 8, 2009)
Pyramid Brewery: Seattle, Washington (August 8, 2009)
Gordon Biersch Brewery: Seattle, Washington (August 8, 2009)

Coming Soon! Pictures for these pubs are being processed and will be added to the site soon.
Red Dog Saloon: Juneau, Alaska (August 2009)
Smiths Pub: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 2009)

June 2011 Canada & New England Cruise

In June 2011 Tim and Beth did a trial run of the SimSolTravel 2nd Honeymoon Excursion from Denver to Canada and New England and back by train and cruise ship. They visited Niagara Falls, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec on the train and then cruised from Montreal to Boston aboard the Holland America Maasdam. Here are the breweries they found on the excursion:
Coming Soon! Pictures for these breweries are being processed and will be added to the site soon.
Syndicate Brewery: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (June 2011)
Taps Brewhouse: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (June 2011)
Brutopai Brew Pub: Montreal, Quebec (June 2011)
Dieu DuCiel: Montreal, Quebec (June 2011)
Les3 Brasseurs: Montreal, Quebec (June 2011)
Linox Brewery: Québec City, Quebec (June 2011)
Gahan House Brewery: Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (June 2011)
Alexander Keiths Brewery: Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2011)
Garrison Brewing: Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2011)
Hart & Thistle Brewery: Halifax, Nova Scotia (June 2011)
Bar Harbor Brewing: Bar Harbor, Maine (June 2011)
Boston Beer Company: Boston, Massachusetts (June 2011)
Boston Beer Works: Boston, Massachusetts (June 2011)

January 2012 Caribbean Cruise

Here are the ones they visited on their January 2012 Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral aboard the NCL Sun:
Coming Soon! Pictures for these breweries and pubs are being processed and will be added to the site soon.
Old Harbor Brewery: San Jaun, Puerto Rico (January 2012)
Bacardi Distillery: San Jaun, Puerto Rico (January 2012)
Dog House Pub: St. Thomas, USVI (January 2012)

Pub Tours

While breweries are the focus of SimSolTravel, there are also a lot of great pubs and beer gardens around the world. Many of these have a great selection of craft beers and should not be neglected just because the beer isn't brewed there! Here are a some interesting places to visit:

London Pubs: London, England (January 2006)
Visitsome of the pubs on the Dick Whittington Ale Trail.
La Trappe Cafe: San Francisco, CA (June 2009, June 2013)
This Belgian Bistro and Trappist Beer Lounge has many Belgian and Trappist beers on tap and hundreds in the bottle.
Alaskan Hotel and Bar: Juneau, Alaska (August 2, 2009)
The Alaskan Hotel and Bar is the oldest bar in the state and offers a wonderful selection on tap.
Big Bad John's: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada (August 6, 2009)
Big Bad John's is a local legend in Victoria. This one of a kind bar was the first in British Columbia and definitely the most unique experience.

Coming Soon! Pictures for these pubs are being processed and will be added to the site soon.
Bonningheimer Ratsstuble: Bönnigheim, Germany (July 2006)
Bonningheimer Ratsstuble: Bönnigheim, Germany (October 2012)
Rothaus-Brau: Bönnigheim, Germany (July 2006)
Philadelphia Pubs: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (June 2007)
Independence Brew Pub: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (July 2007)
Japan Pubs: Japan (July 2007)
Jacks Bar: San Francisco, California (June 2006, June 2008)
Johnny Foleys Irish House: San Francisco, California (June 2009)
Smileys Pub: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (June 2010)
Black Frog Pub: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (June 2010)
Monks Kettle: San Francisco, California (July 2010, June 2013)
Toronado Pub: San Francisco, California (July 2010)
Breckenridge Denver Pub: Denver, Colorado (January 2011)
Amatos Ale House: Denver, Colorado (October 2011)
Dogfish Head Alehouse: Fairfax, Virginia (December 2011)
Paradiso Birreria: Alexandria, Virginia (December 2011)
Hogs Head Pub: Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida (January 2012)
Kirin City: Tokyo, Japan (May 2012)
Cataratas Cervezagym: Tokyo, Japan (May 2012)
Half Penny Pub: Fukuoka, Japan (May 2012)
New Munchen Pub: Osaka, Japan (May 2012)
OldPub: Lima, Peru (April 2012)
Fruh Stube: Cologne (Köln), Germany (September 2012)
Päffgen Kölsch Stube: Cologne (Köln), Germany (September 2012)
Paulaner Hacker-Pschor: Muchen, Germany (October 2012)
Beer Authority: New York City, NY (March 2013)
Le St Nicolas Taverne : Mons, Belgium (April 2013)
Delirium Village : Brussels, Belgium (April 2013)
Beer Tempel : Brussels, Belgium (April 2013)
Belgium Beer Museum: Brussels, Belgium (April 2013)
The Bell Pub : London, England (April 2013)
Black Horse Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Black Friar Pub : London, England (April 2013)
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub : London, England (April 2013)
Prospect of Whitby Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Bridge House Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Bag O'Nails Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Anchor Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Old Thameside Inn: London, England (April 2013)
Mudlark Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Nags Head Pub: London, England (April 2013)
St Stephen's Tavern: London, England (April 2013)
Argyll Arms: London, England (April 2013)
Slaughtered Lamb: London, England (April 2013)
Friend at Hand Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Bloomsbury Pub: London, England (April 2013)
Rose&CrownPub: Highworth, England (April 2013)
King&QueenPub: Highworth, England (April 2013)
Fox Pub: Highworth, England (April 2013)
Globe Pub: Highworth, England (April 2013)
Fox Pub: Highworth, England (April 2013)
King&QueenPub: Oxford, England (April 2013)
The Kings Arms Pub: Oxford, England (April 2013)
WhiteHorsePub: Oxford, England (April 2013)
The Queens Tap: Swindon, England (April 2013)
Red Lion Pub: Avebury, England (April 2013)
De Garre : Brugge, Belgium (April 2013)
Cambrinus Bier Brasserie : Brugge, Belgium (April 2013)
t' Brugs Beertje : Brugge, Belgium (April 2013)
Bavaria Pub: Eindhoven, Netherlands (April 2013)
Malt Shovel Pub: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
White Hart Inn: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
Black Bull Pub: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
HebridesPub: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
Deacon Brodie's Tavern: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
Beehive Inn: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
Greyfriars Bobby Pub: Edinburgh, England (April 2013)
Olde Royal Oak Pub: Burton-upon-Trent, England (April 2013)
Bridge Inn: Burton-upon-Trent, England (May 2013)
Lord Burton Pub: Burton-upon-Trent, England (May 2013)
NAME : Burton-upon-Trent, England (May 2013)
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Trip to Jerusalem Pub: Nottingham, England (May 2013)
Rose of England Pub: Nottingham, England (May 2013)
Major Oak Pub: Nottingham, England (May 2013)
Ye Olde Dolphin Pub: Derby, England (May 2013)
Jorrocks Pub: Derby, England (May 2013)
Clancy's Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
The Oval Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
An Spailpin Fanac Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
An Bodhran Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Le Chateau Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Sin-e Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Rob-Roy Pub: Cobh, Ireland (May 2013)
Old Oak Pub: Cork, Ireland (May 2013)
Farrington's Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Vat House Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Oliver St John Gogarty Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Merchants Arch Bar: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Old Jameson Distillery: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Brazen Head Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Darkey Kelly's Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
The Temple Bar: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
M. J. O'Neil Pub: Dublin, Ireland (May 2013)
Beer Revolution: Oakland, California (June 2013)
The Trappist: Oakland, California (June 2013)
Heinolds First and Last Chance: Oakland, California (June 2013)

Oktoberfest

While visiting breweries and pubs is fun, there is nothing quite like the huge party in Muchen (Munich) Germany every year! Oktoberfest, often called Wiesn for short, is the annual celebration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig, later to become King Ludwig I, to Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Tim and Beth have been to the Theresienwiese (field, or meadow, of Therese) twice. The first time during the construction and the second during the party. The party is a lot more fun!
Muchen Oktoberfest: Muchen, Germany (July 2006)
Muchen (Munich) Oktoberfest before the big event.
Muchen Oktoberfest 2012: Muchen, Germany (October 2012)
Muchen (Munich) Oktoberfest -- the big event in 2012.

GABF: The Great American Beer Festival

It's great to travel to breweries and pubs but it is even better when the beer comes to you! Tim and Beth try to go to GABF whenever they can. Here are a few pictures of the sessions they have attended:
GABF-2009: Denver, Colorado (September 2009)
Great American Beer Festival, September 24-26, 2009
GABF-2010: Denver, Colorado (September 2010)
Great American Beer Festival, September 16-18, 2010
GABF-2011: Denver, Colorado (September 2011)
Great American Beer Festival, September 29 to October 1, 2011
GABF-2012: Denver, Colorado (October 2012)
Great American Beer Festival, October 11-13, 2012
2012 Pints For Prostrates Rare Beer Tasting: Denver, Colorado (October 2012)
Food, beer, festivities and a good cause at Wynkoop Brewing Co.


Beth and Tim hope you will visit the Travel Information site for pictures and information about areas where they specialize, places they have visited and hotels they have enjoyed.

Please contact Beth Norton, SimSolTravel Manager, at if you are interested in visiting a specific brewery.

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