3 Places to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day
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Today is National Drink Beer Day, so whether you like to drink an ale, lager, or stout, raise your glass and toast your favorite beverage. Did you know that you can tour breweries in the United States and around the world? Here are three places you can celebrate beer day:
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Known as the "beer capital of the world," the city has been home to some of America's largest brewers -- Pabst, Schlitz, Miller, Blatz. Today, you can tour several of the breweries that still stand, including Milwaukee Brewing Company, Lakefront Brewery and, of course, MillerCoors. The Milwaukee Brewing Company offers a “Beer in Hand” tour and samples are offered when you check in. Their Saturday 5pm Open House is two-hours of sampling flavors and socializing.
Milwaukee’s Lakefront Brewery started in 1987 and is located on the Milwaukee River. Be sure to join in for a chorus of Laverne & Shirley’s “Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!” The MillerCoors free tour includes commemorative photos, gift shop keepsakes and ice cold beer samples. There are 150 years of brewing history and they take you through the underground caves where Frederick Miller cooled his beer and they show you the modern, high-speed production lines.
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Cooperstown, New York: There’s actually a 37-mile brewery beverage trail in Cooperstown if you have time to check it out, which includes the Cooperstown Brewing Company, Butternuts Beer & Ale, and Brewery Ommegang. Butternuts Beer & Ale is where you can taste Porkslap Pale Ale, which is brewed with two-row North American barley and English crystal malt.
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If you like Game of Thrones you may want to visit Brewery Ommegang. After walking around for hours at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, last spring, I headed over to this Belgian-style local brewery for a beer and some snacks. It is the only place you can find Game of Thrones beer! I left with my own bottle of Game of Thrones Three-Eyed Raven beer. Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, different labels were created and each depicts a Daenerys’ feared dragon.
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Once the Game of Thrones beers are gone, they are gone and each beer gets more popular. They are still listed on their website as available. On their tour, they serve all eight of their year round Belgian-styles ales with a rotating selection of Ommegang specials and limited editions.
Merrimack, New Hampshire: Home to the one of the Anheuser-Busch brewery tour locations. Here you can try product, and experience a rare, up-close meeting with the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales when you visit the Clydesdale Hamlet. Given to August Busch, Sr. as a gift to celebrate the end of prohibition, sons Adolphus III and August Busch, Jr. presented the first Clydesdale hitch to their father. The other Anheuser-Busch locations are St. Louis; Fairfield, California; Ft. Collins, Colorado; Houston, Texas; and Jacksonville, Florida.
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