I will admit upfront that I’m a little biased with these choices. I know that there are many, many other breweries in the world that merit a visit or two, but I’ve narrowed my choices to these seven based on beer preference or historical value. Another confession that I must make is that I’ve yet to visit any of these breweries and, sadly, I’ve only visited the Coors brewery.
Guinness Brewery: Dublin, Ireland
This is first brewery on my list, because Guinness is first in my heart. This is the beer that converted me. I fell in love with beer because of this wonderful stout. I know that not everyone is a fan of drinking "motor oil," as I'm repeatedly told Guinness is, but I find this brew very enjoyable. This brewery has loads of history and is located in country that is also filled with a rich history.
Anheuser-Busch Brewery: St. Louis, MO
Although I am not a huge fan or advocate of this particular beer, I would love to visit the brewery because of the historical significance it holds for the United States. It may truly be one of the most iconic beers coming out of the States these days, even though the brew is no longer "American." Seeing the Clydesdales and stables would be a great experience, and getting a few free brews at the end of the tour wouldn't hurt.
Spoetzl Brewery: Shiner, TX
Shiner Bock is my go-to beer. When I'm not able to decide what brew to purchase I walk down the aisle and meet my old friend. Comforting. Local. Good. This will be the first brewery that I will visit on my list because of location; it is simply the closest brewery. If you've never tasted Shiner Bock, it must become a priority as it is truly one of the best beers.