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BY JENNIFER ZAJAC
Raise A Glass To These 12 Drinking Destinations
Nothing lifts the spirits like a taste of the local terroir. And these are the top drinking destinations, bar none. Pick your alcohol of choice — beer, spirits, wine, or cider — and discover the Club Wyndham resorts close to a popular place to try the local goods. Cheers!
Larger Than Life: Breweries
1. Rooftop Brewing Company
Pull a pint of blood orange wheat beer and bask in the Seattle, Washington, sunshine at this popular local microbrewery, complete with a chilled-out rooftop patio that’s perfect for sipping and socializing.
This iconic, family-owned brewery in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, serves up eco-friendly craft beers as well as refreshingly cool spiked seltzers in tropical flavors, like the fan-favorite POG (Passionfruit Orange Guava).
This chic Texas bar and distillery in Driftwood (near Austin, Texas) is the only place outside Mexico producing small batches of the versatile spirit sotol, a cousin of tequila and mezcal that’s derived from the wild desert spoon plant.
Copper Fox in Williamsburg, Virginia, produces hand-crafted, innovative spirits using locally-sourced ingredients. Raise a glass of their specialty: a smoky whisky that’s Scotch-inspired, but uniquely American.
Located in New Orleans, Louisiana, America’s oldest premium rum distillery uses Louisiana sugarcane and molasses to create award-winning, barrel-aged blends. Try the Old New Orleans Amber Rum, with its smooth, smoky notes of rich cocoa and leather.
About an hour northeast of the Ozarks in Hermann, Missouri, is one of America’s oldest wine regions. Visit the Adam Puchta Winery in Hermann to sample the fruits of this rich, Rhine Valley-like terroir.
Asheville, North Carolina’s craft cider scene is booming, particularly in the pretty mountain town of Asheville. Head to Noble’s downtown taproom to try classic, small batch, and seasonal flavors, including the springtime staple: hard cider with a blueberry twist.
Found in Stowe on the Vermont Cider Trail, Stowe Cider is a must-stop. Beyond the classic hard cider, their taproom showcases a variety of unique, limited-time ciders like Blueberry Maple Syrup and Currant Plum.