The World’s Best Booze Tours

Like drinking? Traveling? Looking at vats? Then consider visiting the world’s eight greatest distilleries, breweries and liquor-company visitor centers. In other words: eight of the best places on the planet to learn about—and consume—alcohol. Add these to your booze bucket list. And if you don’t already have a booze bucket list, consider this the start of one. You’re welcome.

Tullamore Dew Visitor Centre, Tullamore, Ireland Recently reopened in the company's original bonded warehouse after a $3.2 million renovation, the Tullamore Dew visitor center is well worth the hour-long train ride from Dublin. An interactive tour takes you through the entire whiskey-making process, followed by samples of three of the brand’s best whiskeys, including one (the 92-proof Old Bonded Warehouse) available only at the site. €8, tullamoredew.com

Budweiser Brewery, St. Louis, Missouri At the home of Anheuser-Busch, you’ll see how they brew and package the King of Beers, get your picture taken with the majestic Budweiser Clydesdales and sample some brews in the Hospitality Room. For a more in-depth look, take the Beermaster Tour (where you can sample directly from a finishing tank) or enroll in a 45-minute “Beer School” course. Free, budweisertour.com

Guinness Storehouse, Dublin, Ireland This is a little bit like touring the Wonka chocolate factory, but more intoxicating. Highlights of the seven-story journey include the world’s largest pint glass, the Guinness flagship store, a brewing tutorial by a master brewer and a lesson on pouring the perfect pint (certificate included). When you reach the Gravity Bar, you and your beer will have a 360-degree view of Dublin. €14.85, guiness-storehouse.com

Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Lynchburg, Tennessee Down in beautiful Lynchburg, you’ll see where Jack Daniel’s whiskey is dripped slowly through 10 feet of firmly packed charcoal before going into new charred oak barrels for aging (yep, that’s how they do it). You’ll also want to stop by the Lynchburg Hardware & General Store (the brand’s de facto gift shop) and Miss Mary Bobo’s Boarding House (for lunch, not prostitutes), both of which are within walking distance. Free, jackdaniels.com

Mundo Cuervo, Tequila, Mexico Located 37 miles from Guadalajara, Jose Cuervo’s Mundo Cuervo is a veritable tequila theme park. Your bilingual tour guide will show you how tequila gets from the agave plant to your margarita, and you'll get to admire the occasional giant bird statue. Tours without tequila last an hour; tours with tequila last at least 90 minutes. Do they even really need the first option? Prices vary, mundocuervo.com

Heineken Experience, Amsterdam, Holland Remember that commercial where the guy shows his buddies his tricked-out walk-in fridge full of Heineken, and they all start screaming? This is kind of like that, only much, much bigger. With four levels of interactive experiences in the former brewery, the Heineken tour will plunge you chin-deep into the world of the famous Dutch lager. If Disneyland had a beer tour, it would look like this. €15, heinekenexperience.com

Sipsmith Distillery, London, England The first new distillery in London in nearly 200 years, Sipsmith started cranking out vodka and gin from its handmade copper-pot still, “Prudence,” in 2009. On Wednesday nights in West London, you can admire Prudence and, more importantly, taste some of the brand’s award-winning spirits. Suggested attire: Hugh Grant casual. £12, sipsmith.com

Jim Beam American Stillhouse, Clermont, Kentucky Located 30 minutes from Louisville, the recently expanded and improved Jim Beam American Stillhouse is a bourbon lover’s fever dream. The visitor center is brand new, there are ample bourbon tastings and there’s even something called the “Stillovator,” where you get to experience what it's like to be a distilled corn spirit rising to the top of the still. And who hasn’t wanted to experience that? Free, americanstillhouse.com

 

 

 

 

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