AAA Best Breweries to visit in the West

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By: AAA Arizona

PHOENIX (AAA ARIZONA)-- AAA’s Via Blog is serving up a “flight” of the top microbreweries in the West:

Full Sail Brewing Company

  • Meet the people behind the pints at Full Sail Brewing Company’s converted cannery in Hood River, Oregon.
  • Here you can follow the beer from its locally sourced ingredients to its award-winning brews. 
  • In addition, you’ll learn a number of fun facts on the free tour, including how the company manages to make a gallon of beer using just three gallons of water when other breweries need as many as 10.

Lagunitas Brewing Company 

  • Lagunitas Brewing Company offers an easygoing tour at its Northern California brewery in Petaluma. 
  • After the free tour, head over to the brewery’s taproom and “beer sanctuary” to try the brewery’s latest limited release and live music.

New Belgium Brewing 

  • Located in Fort Collins, Colorado, this brewery employs a full-time director of fun who works to create a variety of entertaining brewery experiences. 
  • Options range from a free, public tour that includes beer sampling and a trip down a slide to the Walk in the Words Tour, which allows guests to taste from their barrels and craft their own blend for $65 per person. 

Deschutes Brewery 

  •  Located in Bend, Oregon, Deschutes Brewery offers “beerventures” seven days a week. 
  • The guided tour is $5 per person, which includes a can of beer to enjoy along the way. 
  • The tour takes you through two brewhouses, the fermentation cellar and sensory tasting room, where employees learn to detect flavors and aromas in Deschutes products.

Four Peaks Brewing Company

  • You can’t talk about craft beer without talking about Four Peaks, which is home to Kiltlifter, Arizona's top-selling craft beer.
  • The brewery offers free, hour-long tours at its two production facilities in Tempe. 
  • The tours provide an overview of the brewing process, a look into the bottling and canning lines, and a pint at the end.
  • No matter where you hit the ale trail, remember to enjoy your “beercation” responsibly by planning ahead to get home or to your hotel safely.

To read about the full “flight” of breweries that made the list, visit And don’t forget to share your travel adventures with Via on social media by using #ViaAdventure.

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