Last Updated on December 24, 2020 by Janet Frost
It is a little embarrassing to admit I have enough boozy trips to fill a blog post. For decades I was all about the wine, but the craft beer craze has suddenly captured my attention. I still love the earthy ambiance of a boutique winery, but I am equally drawn to any form of craft beverage. I am not above learning to appreciate Scotch, Bourbon, Tequila…etc.
Let’s Go Learn Things with a drink in our hand on a boozy trip.
Planning a Boozy Trip around craft beverages
What I love about craft beverages is the experimental spirit (some pun intended) within the industries. It fascinates me that a slight tweak of weather, soil, timing, processing, storage materials and ingredients can create a limitless variety of drinkable products. Now both vintners and brewers are branching out into distilling.
Creating itineraries around breweries is a boozy trip often called a Beercation. The craft beer industry grows exponentially every year here in the U.S. Hot spots like San Diego, CA, Bend, Oregon, Boulder, CO, and Ashville, NC draw beer lovers from around the world. The basic ingredients of water, grain, hops and yeast are the tinker toys for brewers looking to push the envelope.
Wine Country Boozy Trips
Traveling to wine regions across the world has been a popular form of boozy trips for generations. The wine industry in the U.S. dates back to the late 20th century. But wine production in other parts of the world is much older. Who hasn’t dreamed of a picturesque journey through France, Italy or Germany’s wine regions. Meeting the winemakers and tasting their small batch, non-distributed treasures are my favorite discoveries on these boozy trips.
Old World Wine Regions
- Chianti Trail in Tuscany, Italy
- Mosel Valley on the German Wine Route
- Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace etc The blog Wine Folly describes France’s wine country this way:
If you drank a new wine each night, it would take 8 years to drink your way through France.
New World Wine Regions
- California’s Napa, Sonoma and Russian River Valleys
- Central Coast California Paso Robles
- Willamette Valley, Oregon
- Mendoza, Argentina
- Colchagua Valley in Chile
- Barossa Valley in South Australia
- Marlborough in New Zealand
Go! Learn Things in Paso Robles, CA
Distilled spirits such as whiskey or vodka are created from either fermented fruit juice, such as wine, or from a grain that has first been brewed. So naturally winemakers and brewers find that they have the perfect leftover by-products to venture into distilling. Here are some possible distillery regions that would make for great boozy trips:
- United States. See this article on The Travel Channel for the Top Ten Craft Distilleries in U.S. Not surprisingly, several of the spots are also well-known wine and beer regions.
- Scotch Whiskey in Scotland. Recently we have been bingeing on the Outlander series set in 18th century Scotland. Also our son is a Scotch drinker. So this Christmas I hit the Scotch aisle at the liquor store. After a 45 min tutorial from the store’s “scotch-guy”, I came home with a burning desire to visit the Scotch regions of Scotland!!!
- Tequila in Jalisco, Mexico. Check out this Tequila Trail article in Travel and Leisure.
- Bourbon Whiskey in Kentucky. It’s big business for the Bluegrass State. Bourbon is a culture, a part of American history and heritage built by generations of Kentuckians. Follow the Bourbon Trail throughout Kentucky, visiting the large iconic and the tiny craft distilleries.
Be sure to check out all the posts in The 12 Days of Travel Themes;
Part 1: Culinary Tourism
Part 2: Fairs and Festivals
Part 3: Historic Destinations
Part 4: Museums
Part 5: Boozy Trips
Part 6: Get Outdoors
Part 7: Agritourism
Part 8: Urban Adventures
Part 9: Scenic Road Trips
Part 10: Literary Travels
Part 11: The Arts
Part 12 : National Parks