Portland, Maine, has a hopping culinary scene. Its beer scene isn’t too shabby either, according to USA Today readers.
USA Today readers determined that Portland’s Allagash Brewing Company has the the eighth-best brewery tour in the country in a list of the top 10 brewery tours in the US, released on Friday. That was the highest-ranked brewery tour of any New England spot on the list.
“Free hour-long tours of Allagash Brewing Company in Portland take visitors through the brewing and bottling facilities for a behind-the-scenes look at how the beer is made (with samples along the way),” 10Best editors wrote. “A more in-depth Grand Cru Tour invites a small group of beer lovers to take part in the process while learning more about quality control, tasting and packaging. Allagash’s tasting room pours brewery-only releases.”
Another New England destination, Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, ranked No. 9.
“Samuel Adams has long been a giant in the Boston beer scene, and visitors are invited to learn more about the history of the company and its famous Boston Lager during free 60-minute tours of the brewery,” 10Best editors wrote. “There are also specialty tours early in the morning or for fans of sour, wild or barrel-aged beers.”
The No. 1 brewery tour in America — for the second year in a row — was New Belgium Brewing Company, located in Fort Collins, Colo. and Asheville, N.C. You can view the entire list of best brewery tours here.
For the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards lists, USA Today travel experts select 20 nominees in topics that range from food to lodging, destinations to things to do, and then ask readers to cast votes to determine the top 10.