Bike Tour Vacations’ List of Top Midwestern Breweries

Bike Tour Vacations’ List of Top Midwestern Breweries

The Midwest is a major destination for beer enthusiasts. The heartland has created world-famous beers such as Miller High Life and Budweiser, but recently, it’s been manufacturing and serving craft beer like no one’s business. Check out one of our brewery bike tours, like the Hops and Hard Cider Tour or a Motor City Brew Tour to experience the best beers in the region while on a fun bike tour. Showcasing our love for Midwestern beer and breweries, we compiled a list of the best breweries in the Midwest/Great Lakes Area:

 

Virtue Cider in Fennville, Michigan

Featured on our Hops and Hard Cider Tour, Virtue Cider is a picturesque cidery in Fennville, Michigan. Gregory Hall, a brew-master with a 20-year tenure at Goose Island Beer Company (where he won 14 consecutive Great American Beer Festival medals) founded Virtue Cider in Chicago in 2011 and started the Michigan location in 2013. After leaving Goose Island, Hall embarked on a pilgrimage to study cider with top cider-makers in England and France; he then brought this knowledge to one of the biggest apple-growing states in America, Michigan. Check out this beautiful cidery and its delicious, refreshing variety of ciders with Bike Tour Vacations today.

 

Summit Brewing Company in St. Paul, Minnesota

With humble beginnings during the origins of the craft beer movement in America (i.e. the 1980s) Summit has evolved into a 240,000 barrel-a-year behemoth. Its been over 30 years since owner and founder Mark Stutrud brewed Summit’s flagship Extra Pale Ale. The brewery has an organic, home-grown feel, arguably due to the fact that they’re independently owned and operated. So next time you’re in the midwest, try one of their popular offerings such as the Sága IPA or the Fest Bier, a fine rendition of a Märzen.

 

New Glaurus Brewing Company in New Glaurus, Wisconsin

New Glaurus has inspired in-state pandemonium for years, but their rising popularity is drawing outside visitors. Fruit beers like Raspberry Tart and Serendipity have traditionally drawn the most fanfare, especially in terms of craft beer enthusiasts; but then New Glaurus went and dropped Scream (a double IPA) in 2015 and that has since been among their most popular selections. Run by a charismatic couple, Daniel and Deb Carey, New Glaurus offers such attractions as free self-guided tours, a spacious tasting room and their famous Hard-Hat Tours. The Hard Hat Tour comes complete with a brewery ambassador, who takes visitors on a complete behind the scenes tour of both of New Glaurus’ brewery locations: the original Riverside Brewery and their new, state-of-the-art location, Hilltop Brewery.

 

Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois

After Goose Island’s acquisition by AB InBev, many beer purists have complained of the company losing their craft cred. But however you feel on the topic, it’s undeniable that their beers are damn good. Their Chicago brewery was originally built in 1995 and has more than doubled in size since originally built. Their pints are created using 32 fermenters, 15 different yeasts, state-of-the-art filters, centrifuges and a 50 barrel JV Northwest five vessel system. If that was a lot of information to take in, cool off with one of Goose Island’s sought-after stouts or one of their sours like the blackberry-infused Juliet.

Best Regional Bike Trails Throughout Michigan

Best Regional Bike Trails Throughout Michigan

Northern Michigan Little Traverse Wheelway Beginning at Waller Rd. and US 31 and ending at Kosequat Park, Little Traverse Wheelway is a picturesque 23.7 mile trek through Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Paved except for a .6 mile wooden boardwalk over wooded wetlands, the trail takes you through several state and city parks, including Petoskey State… Continue Reading

Four New Places to Bike in the Great Lakes

Four New Places to Bike in the Great Lakes

These Great Lakes bike trails are either new or expanding and are a great, fresh option for further exploring the Great Lakes Region. Of course, if you want to stick with a classic, try one of Bike Tour Vacations’ tours in Detroit, Wisconsin or Minnesota.   Cleveland Metroparks Trail System Cleveland Metroparks is an expansive… Continue Reading

The 5 Best Cities in America for a Bike Vacation

The 5 Best Cities in America for a Bike Vacation

Chicago The newest thing to blow into the Windy City? Bike lanes and lots of them. Shortly after re-election, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel promised bike reform, announcing that 50 miles of bikeways would soon be erected. Making good on that promise, Emmanuel created The Link Loop Project, a public transit initiative that has created new protected… Continue Reading

Facts about the 5 Great Lakes

Facts about the 5 Great Lakes

If you have signed up for any Great Lakes vacation tours, you will certainly have plenty to look forward to. A Great Lakes Tour offers plenty of unique sights and experiences that should be on anyone’s bucket list. In order to help prepare you for any upcoming bike tours, here are some facts about the… Continue Reading

How and what to eat for a bike ride

How and what to eat for a bike ride

There are a few things to prepare for before going on a bike tour vacation. Some of those things include what to wear and how to stretch before each ride. But another important factor is our diet. What are the best foods to eat for a biking tour? Here is some information on how and… Continue Reading

Top 4 stretches to perform before biking

Top 4 stretches to perform before biking

A biking tour vacation is not just an exercise in seeing new areas. It is an exercise period. Biking over long distances challenges your body’s muscles. Therefore, there are a few stretches you should perform before setting off on your next ride. Here are a few biking stretches that should come in handy.   Note: if… Continue Reading

Ideal clothes for biking

Ideal clothes for biking

When going on a bike vacation, it is necessary to prepare for the expected journey. This preparation could be in terms of which bike to use or what to eat, but it also refers to what to wear for such an occasion. There are certain elements of apparel that go great with bike tours. They… Continue Reading