I know you are all about making plans and sometimes following by on them, but I never realized that you were bound, set, and determined to actively look for breweries near me that you could visit. Sure, you’d mentioned the idea of taking a tour of local watering holes that served high-quality craft beer, but I figured that’s where it would end. I really didn’t think that you’d be up for truly checking out breweries and seeing what the hype was all about.
Maybe I’m just a little confused because finding breweries, in general, is not that difficult. Really and truly, we are living in a golden age where any of the information we want is at our fingertips. You really want to know the secret to finding breweries near me? That’s simple – go online.
Don’t give me that look, OK? I realize that what I’m telling you seems to be slightly insulting in that I’m telling you to do the obvious, but in reality, you don’t have to look hard to find a brewery anywhere you are. There was a time when the only breweries around were the big box industry leaders whose main goal was mass production. There was consistency in the taste, sure, but in the end, the taste always seemed to be missing something. If you wanted to “good stuff”, so to speak, you had to ask around for insight or go to that one friend’s house that always seemed ahead of the curve.
Now, breweries are popping up all over the place, and in many situations, they are popping up in areas of cities where the brewery is part of the urban development plan. The idea is that a local business can set-up shop in the heart of the city, and its presence can bring along other businesses to call the area home. Some of these breweries also have restaurants that are associated with them so as really garner a strong place in the community.
So, yeah, the only thing you really have to do is get on the internet, and use any popular search engine to look for breweries to check out. Whether they are near me or not, you’re likely to get a lot more results than you imagines. You’ll also find that a number of breweries are a little less than traditional in how they function. for example, one of the big changes in the food & drink industry over the last twenty years is the rise of the dine-in movie theater, sometimes known as a movie grill. These new theaters not only provide first-run movies, but they also have restaurant-style ordering in place for patrons, and you can already find an on-site brewery in one chain. The idea that you can watch a good movie, enjoy a great meal, and have a well-crafted beer to wash it down all in one place seems so outlandish, but that’s progress for you.
How about this: if you’re nevertheless steadfast in finding breweries near me that are worth exploring, I’ll come along, too. As the saying goes, “Drink good beer with good friends”.