Sure, you can find all your favorite beers at the supermarket or liquor store, but for a real connection to your brew, you need to see how it's made. Many breweries around the country now offer tours (usually with included tastings). These six are among the very best, and offer a sampling of just how varied the American beer scene is. From the Coors and Anheuser-Busch juggernauts to craft beer maestro Dogfish Head, these breweries are all worth a long drive for a visit. Just watch how much you drink if you plan on driving home.
The King of Breweries
Anheuser-Busch has breweries in California, Colorado, Florida and New Hampshire, but the real tour, you have to head to the St. Louis location, where it all began in 1852. The free tour is offered year-round and includes a look at how Budweiser is brewed and packaged in staggering quantities. You also get to meet the famous Clydesdale horses that have starred in many Super Bowl commercials over the years, and can enjoy a beer in the "Hospitality Room" at the end of the tour.