9 Craft Breweries Worth Traveling For

One could give to beer the elevated status of a universal human truth.Think quintessentially Irish Guinness or Japanese Sapporo, each culture has a beer all its own.

But in recent years, smaller, more local craft breweries have been on the rise, necessitating globe-trotting to gain a taste of the regional takes on the classics. From well-established breweries in South Africa and California, to the burgeoning markets in Southeast Asia, craft beer is worth traveling for.

Craft Breweries Around the World
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1. Russian River Brewing Company
California, USA

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Located in the heart of California wine country, this brewery is a destination all its own. Every year in February, Russian River releases Pliny the Younger for two weeks. The Triple India Pale Ale is so popular that people camp out on the streets to enjoy a glass.

2. Coney Island Brewing Company

Coney Island Brewery
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These beers pay homage to the history and playfulness of "America's Playground." Beer lovers can try their year-round classics like Mermaid Pilsner or their summer favorite, Cotton Candy Kölsch—all steps from the boardwalk and the famous Cyclone roller coaster built in 1927.

3. Szot Brewery
Talagante, Chile

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A Californian and Chilean husband-and-wife team established this brewery 30 minutes outside Santiago in 2006. Their brewery serves freshly-made Italian pizza and has 14 draught lines, with beers inspired by wine, California style beer and even milkshakes.

4. Beavertown Brewery
London, UK

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The British have long had a loving relationship with beer, but Beavertown is putting a new spin on the classics. From the quirky cartoon labels to the industrial London locale, this brewery will appeal to the adventurous and fun at heart.

5. Riot Beer
Cape Town, South Africa

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The craft brew scene in Cape Town is well established, and this brewery is all about making noise. From classics like IPA's and lagers to alcoholic peach iced tea, you don't have to look far to find something wholly unique.

6. The Dancing Camel Brewery
Tel Aviv, Israel

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Located in a converted grain storage facility dating from the 1930s, Dancing Camel is Israel's oldest microbrewery. Its beer features locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes, such as the Olde Papa, which uses date honey and is based on a recipe dating back to 4th century Babylonian times.

7. Turtle Lake Brewing Company
Hanoi, Vietnam

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The brewpub features a combination of their own beers—such as the Mango Smoothie IPA or the Big Boy Imperial Stout—and other local craft brews. Visitors have a choice of vistas while they drink their beer—the beautiful lakeside locale, or watching their brew being made through tempered glass walls.

8. Young Master Brewery
Hong Kong SAR, China

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As one of the first craft breweries in Hong Kong, Young Master Ales has been a hot spot since 2013. In addition to classic pale ales, they offer more unusual ones inspired by traditional Hong Kong flavors, like the Cha Chaan Teng Gose brewed with local salted lime. Visitors can take brewery tours in either Cantonese or English.

9. Young Henrys
Sydney, Australia

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In the heart of the city, this brewery is all about the community, including reducing its environmental impact. Not one to box themselves in, Young Henrys recently added a distillery so patrons can enjoy a glass of moonshine with their beer.