Staying Liquid

Check out these unique breweries and distilleries all across the country.

Brewery.DistilleriesGatlinburg, Tennessee
This Appalachian mountain town harkens back to its roots with real authentic moonshine distilleries that make liquor on the premises. Check out Ole Smoky Whisky Distillery or Doc Collier Moonshine Distillery, both right downtown for free samples. But they also step into the modern age with craft beer brewers and wineries. Visit Smoky Mountain Brewery and Smoky Mountain Winery for a variety of libations that will make your taste buds dance!

Tampa, Florida
Tampa’s burgeoning brewery scene doesn’t disappoint with dozens of breweries in the greater Tampa Bay region. Take the Tampa Bay Ale Trail and explore tropical breweries in St. Petersburg, Dunedin, Bradenton, Clearwater and more! Sample the beer at Florida’s oldest microbrewery, Dunedin Brewery, or head over to Cigar City Brewing, purveyors of popular Jai Alai IPA. Tours are only $5 and include a beer and a pint glass to keep it in.

Brewery.Distilleries1Las Vegas, Nevada
Vegas might not be the first city that comes to mind when craft beer is discussed, but the scene is exploding with flavor. Take a booze yoga class at Crafthaus in Henderson, or grab a pint at Banger Brewing, located right downtown in the middle of the Fremont Street Experience. You’ll love the pineapple sour at Lovelady in Henderson, one of the newest breweries in Vegas, and the limited offerings at Bad Beat Brewing. Take a popular craft beer tour and see them all!

New Orleans, Louisiana
NOLA is no stranger to a tasty beverage, and the budding craft beer scene is no exception. Take your pick of brewery bus tour and visit new breweries such as Freret Beer Room, Vessel, Black Penny, Wayward Owl and Cochon Butcher. The ever-changing scene also welcomes new breweries Brieux Carre, Parleaux Beer Lab, and Port Orleans Brewing Company, which boasts the tagline “brewed below sea level.”

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About the Author: Pat Barcas serves as staff writer and photographer for RTX Traveler Magazine, based in Asheville, NC. In his spare time he enjoys photography, astronomy, hiking, hanging out with his family and dog, and of course, traveling! His favorite RTX spots to visit are Orange Beach, Alabama, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, but he's visiting new places all the time. .

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