If there's anything that we love as much as we love beer and people, it's traveling. The wide range of cultures, sights, and sounds that can be found in this world are more intoxicating than any fermented beverage we've encountered. Of course, when we have the opportunity to combine beer and travel, then we are cheerfully content. Imagine sitting alongside a canal in Belgium, with a chalice in hand; or singing German beer drinking songs, linked arm in arm with dirndle and lederhosen clad locals at Oktoberfest. Or, simply enjoying the view at whatever taproom or brewery we're visiting!
Over the years, we've developed a sense of the most amazing places to go, and some of the most travel savvy people to go there with. We want you to enjoy these adventures as well, and so we've put together a collection of experiences. Whether it's a week in Europe, or an afternoon in Maine, we believe that everyone should see new places, meet interesting people, and drink amazing beer.
Some of these trips have been curated by Craft Beer Cellar, and others by many of our friends in our industry. If you’re learning about travel and trips via our website, these are people who, we believe, will enrich your experiences if you travel with them!
- Famed lambic makers Drie Fonteinen and Cantillon
- Westvleteren/Saint Sixtus Abbey
- Brussels’ finest traditional restaurant, Les Brigittines
- Frites, waffles, and spontaneous fermentation!
Our one-of-a-kind, intensive six-day tour largely focuses on the small, off-the-beaten-path “farmhouse” breweries straddling either side of the border, all of which were established (or re-established) in recent decades, each offering its own take on the area’s local styles. It is an opportunity for the more inquisitive beer lover to visit and get to know personally many of the world’s most dedicated and passionate beer artisans in their day-to-day environments. For the most part we will avoid checking off the standard, industrial, and mainstream beer-tour-itinerary Belgian tour stops, but we proudly include what we believe to be the world’s two most vital traditional Lambic makers and the most non-commercial of Trappist breweries, as well as brussels’ finest reviver of once-forgotten hoppy pale ales — all of whom we consider to embody in their own ways the authenticity and spirit of the entire region’s true, varied artisanal beer culture.
- Private tour & tasting at Edge Brewing
- Garage Beer Co release party
- Medonia Craft Beer Festival
- Lots of sightseeing, tapas, and sunshine!
Several years ago Dan Shelton began checking out the fledgling beer fests popping up in Catalunya, the northeastern region of Spain for which Barcelona is the capital. At first, the enthusiasm level far surpassed the technical. But when it gradually became clear that these do-it-yourself old-world pioneers could brew beers to rival those of Belgium, Britain, Germany, and the U.S., the Shelton brothers ran with it, becoming the first and to this day, only importers to offer the new beers of Spain to American drinkers.
- Secret beer cave tour and keg tapping
- Kulmbacher Bierwoche beer festival (reserved tables)
- Annafest carnival (rides, games, and local bands)
- Traditional food, ceramic steins, and outdoor biergartens!
The Shelton brothers have made an annual July pilgrimage to this northernmost region of Bavaria since 1998. Why? To start with, Franconia (in German, “franken”) is in many ways a living, breathing natural beer history museum, where there are far more breweries per square mile, and per capita, than any place on the planet. The earliest known archaeological evidence of European brewing was unearthed here. Beer was and is a part of the social fabric in Franconia to a degree not seen anywhere else. Its brewers are traditionally-trained, highly skilled artisans, rather than rockstars, and to this day their task remains not to re-define beer, but to maintain its perfect balance, via the utilization of the best ingredients and time-honored, traditional methods.
- Visit the Hops Museum in Tettnang
- Subterranean tour of Nuremberg
- Private tour at Rothaus Brewery
- Fully guided, acommodations included, and lots beer of history!
This will be an exclusive beer tour experience unlike any other. We’ll check out secluded biergartens, classic wursthauses, visit some historical sites, and romp in the Black Forest! We will be visiting major beer cities and breweries, and every day we’ll eat and drink like the locals do with special tastings, events, and amazingly delicious local cuisine.