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Beer lovers can indulge their cravings in a vast array of flavors, experiences and traditions across the globe. From the lively beer gardens of Germany to raising a stein at an Oktoberfest celebration or discovering the history of Ireland’s beloved stout, a beer vacation will leave you refreshed and ready for more.

Whether you prefer hoppy IPAs or silky stouts, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to craft beer in the USA. Book a tour at Asheville’s first post-Prohibition brewery, Highland Brewing, or sip the view from Green Man’s rooftop or Wicked Weed’s Funkatorium (where sour beers are served). If you want to expand your beer horizons, check out Colorado’s craft beer scene in Denver or Boulder, where many breweries serve their creations alongside farm-to-table dishes like pierogis and shrimp & grits.

For those seeking something unique, check out a local favorite such as Democracy Brewing, an employee-owned craft brewery in Dorchester that’s known for its 1916 Rising stout, inspired by the armed Irish uprising against the English on Easter Day in 1916. Or try the apricot-infused Local Honey blonde ale at Dorchester’s sister brewery, The Dorchester House.

Or, take a swig from a pint glass in Portland, Maine, where breweries are as plentiful as its starry skies and dense ponderosa pine forests. Sample a hoppy brew at Portland’s Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, whose Money Gun imperial New England IPA is a local favorite. Or, head to Allagash Brewing for a taste of Belgian brewing techniques with a tripel or two.