Home Brew Bloggers on June 26, 2020 0 Comments If you’re interested in enhancing your craft beer knowledge but aren’t able to visit breweries, tasting rooms or pubs, the virtual tours below are short but sweet. They allow brew lovers to interact with the breweries on a deeper level while also enjoying the brews from the comfort of your home. We’re highlighting a few virtual tours that only require an electronic device and internet connection. We’ve also included a couple of live virtual tours that require a reservation ahead of time. Then of course, you can always host your own virtual beer tasting any time! Virtual Tours to Take Anytime Budweiser Budvar Czech Republic Take a tour of the world-famous Budweiser Budvar Brewery located in the Czech Republic. At about five and half minutes, the tour guide provides a good overview of the production process, including the importance of local water and hops in the brews. Take Virtual Tour Allagash Brewing Company Portland, Maine You’ll start at the brewery entrance and learn that everything is still brewed, bottled and kegged in the same building where it all began nearly 25 years ago. Next you’ll get a glimpse of the process and equipment on the brew deck and bottling line, then finish in the wild barrel room where you’ll learn why this room is so important to the brewery. Take Virtual Tour 3 Daughters Brewing St. Petersburg, Florida This tour of one of Florida’s fastest-growing craft breweries is short and sweet, coming in at just under 4 minutes. It quickly and succinctly gives you an overview of the breweries process from start to finish. Take Virtual Tour Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyn, New York In this short 4 ½ minute tour, you’ll learn a brief history of the area, get a glimpse of the brew house, cellar, kegging line, barrel library, lab, bottling line, and more! Take Virtual Tour Troegs Independent Brewing Hershey, Pennsylvania Due to its lack of narration, you’ll want to have a basic knowledge of brewing equipment before taking this virtual tour. That being said, the tour is rather relaxing as it takes you step-by-step through each piece of the brewing equipment with nice music playing in the background. Take Virtual Tour Big Sky Brewing Missoula, Montana If you want multiple perspectives of the brewery, then this tour is for you. It’s self-guided in the sense that it uses virtual reality that allows you to view the tour using 3D dollhouse modeling or explore it as a 3D space as it walks you through the brewing process frame by frame. Take Virtual Tour Live Virtual Tours & Tastings Sierra Nevada Brewing Chico, California and Mills River, North Carolina A reservation is required ahead of time for this 45-minute virtual tour that will connect you with a Beer Adventurer who will take you through beer styles, ingredients and tasting notes of: Pale Ale Hazy Little Thing Wild Little Thing Topical Torpedo Summerfest Beer is not included, so make sure you purchase it ahead of time! Book Virtual Tour & Tasting Best Coast Beer Fest – Virtual Series If you’re going to be missing out on your favorite beer fest this year, check out these virtual events that will connect you with some of the best brewers on the West Coast. Each event features a different brewery and beer, but you have to sign up to get access to the live Zoom meeting and beer tasting kit. Book Event Host Your Own Virtual Happy Hour If you’ve got nothing but time and want to fill it with craft beer and friends, host your own virtual happy hour by sharing the live virtual tasting info above with friends and having them sign up too, or plan your own by following these easy steps: Organize your guest list and send a virtual invitation ahead of time using an online platform like Evite. Pick the platform you want to use, such as Zoom or Facebook Live. Choose the beer flight you’ll be tasting by checking out local breweries that have curbside pickup, ordering online from a craft beer site offering kits, or make a list and visit your local store to purchase on your own. Consider adding a food element and do a beer and cheese pairing. Make sure you allow plenty of time for the beer to be delivered or for guests to go purchase their own. Decide if you’ll be doing a more serious tasting by taking notes and highlighting flavor profiles or pick some fun, creative games you can play or conversation starters you can use for a more relaxed event. Gather your beer and glasses, test your technology, and enjoy! Now you’re ready to sit down and get comfortable with your favorite glass of beer. Get ready to get an inside view of breweries you may have never seen before and try new beers that you may be adding to your list of favorites.