Although every season can be beer season if you try hard enough, we’re partial to enjoying hoppy brews and crisp ciders as autumn turns to winter. And with Inspirato Pass, you’ve got access to some of the best cities in the U.S. in which to sip—and you can be there in a week. Here are three of our favorite breweries and a cidery across the country, all close to a home or hotel on the Pass trip list.
Great Lakes Brewing Company — Cleveland, Ohio
Tucked along the shores of Lake Erie in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, this award-winning brewery was borne of the rust belt grit and determination for which the city is known. After Cleveland’s last production brewery closed its doors in the early 1980s, two brothers saw their opportunity to break into the market, designing the seven-barrel system it still uses today; Great Lakes went on to become the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio.
The brews are all named after popular Cleveland lore: The 13 times that the city’s Cuyahoga River caught on fire inspired Burning River IPA, and the Eliot Ness Amber Lager was named for the notorious Prohibition officer who, ironically, used to frequent the tavern that’s now the home of Great Lakes’ brewpub. While visiting, stop in at the historic West Side Market next door for fresh produce and other good eats, and the surrounding neighborhood offers plenty of other spots to imbibe and explore. A stay at the Intercontinental Suites Hotel puts you just a 15-minute drive away.
Citizen Cider traces its origins back to a barn when three friends were dissatisfied with various aspects of their careers. They began pressing and fermenting their own hard cider, and after partnering with a local orchard, Citizen Cider really hit its stride. Try the Lake Hopper, made with cascade hops grown either side of Lake Champlain, or the Dirty Mayor, with a nip of ginger flavor. Stay at the Lodge at Spruce Peak in Stowe to be within an hour’s scenic drive of the cidery—choose from rooms and residences for groups of all sizes.
Denver Beer Co. — Denver, Colorado
Home to the Great American Beer Festival, we’d be remiss not to include a Mile High City option on our list of best breweries. Denver Beer Co. aims to encapsulate the “work hard, play hard” spirit of its city’s residents. Opening its doors in 2011, Denver Beer Co. was one of the first breweries to actually open within Denver city limits before the explosion of microbreweries for which the city’s now known. Try such year-round favorites as the tart Princess Yum Yum Raspberry Kolsch, fermented with real raspberries, or the Graham Cracker Porter, with notes of vanilla, smoked cedar, and mulling spices.
Stay at the Halcyon Hotel in the heart of Denver’s upscale Cherry Creek neighborhood with Pass—you’ll be a 20-minute drive from Denver Beer Co. Or stay in the midst of the action at the Crawford Hotel, right in Denver’s historic Union Station in Lower Downtown, just a quick hop across the river to the taproom.