These Scenic Microbreweries Offer Killer Craft Beers With a View

Patrons at Howe Sound Inn & Brewing sit beneath “The Chief”—one of
Patrons at Howe Sound Inn & Brewing sit beneath “The Chief”—one of the world’s largest granite monoliths.Courtesy Image

Think beer plants are ugly? There’s more to marvel at than stainless steel vats at these microbreweries, which offer big flavors and bold settings. Rather than giant factories, stellar brews are being crafted in places you wished you lived. Great craft beer isn’t the only excuse to stick around for another round. Check out the most scenic brewpubs in America.

 

 

Most Scenic Microbreweries in America

1. Howe Sound Inn & Brewing

Location: Squamish, British Columbia

The view: Stawamus Chief Mountain

The beer: Viking Funeral Kveik IPA—now that’s how you name a beer!

A microbrewery that’s also an inn, this retreat sits beneath “The Chief”—one of the world’s largest granite monoliths and namesake of a stunning provincial park overlooking Howe Sound.

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Full Sail Brewing Co.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Courtesy Image

2. Full Sail Brewing Co.

Location: Hood River, Oregon

The view: Columbia River Gorge

The beer: Session Premium Lager—winner of 28 gold medals

Full Sail was declared Oregon’s Brewery of the Year at 2020’s New York International Beer Competition. As impressive is the microbrewery’s outdoor deck, which has sweeping views across the Columbia River Gorge into Washington state, complete with Columbia River wind- and kite-surfing entertainment.

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Patrons sit at tables under umbrellas at Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, Virginia
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3. Dirt Farm Brewing

Location: Bluemont, Virginia

The view: Blue Ridge Mountains

The beer: Tart 31 Cherry Ale—with farm-picked Montmorency cherriesIn prime

Blue Ridge country, the lofty patio of this brewhouse and family farm known for its fresh “plow to pint” seasonals hovers 1,000 feet above the bucolic Loudoun Valley. Arrive early for an outdoor seat on summer weekends.

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4. Oasis Texas Brewing Company

Location: Austin, Texas

The view: Lake Travis

The beer: El Grito Göse Lager—brewed with fresh lime juice

With Texas Hill Country rolling in the distance, the views at this favorite Austinite haunt are even bigger than the legend of its jaw-straining cheeseburgers. Most microbreweries pale in comparison to Oasis.

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Exterior of Two Goats Brewing in Hector, New York overlooking Lake Seneca
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5. Two Goats Brewing

Location: Hector, New York

The view: Seneca Lake

The beer: Golden Crush NEPA—lactose-free pale ale with citrus notes

The Finger Lake patio views alone make this 70 percent solar-powered craft-beer barn, housed in a converted 19th-century farm building, a favorite stop in Upstate New York’s wine, cider, and microbrew country. So does Two Goats’ single menu item—a magnificent sandwich with homemade bread called Beef on Weck.

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