Don’t Get Salty, Get Malty!

Have you tried making a new friend as an adult? It’s not as easy as when you were a kid! There’s more to it now than simply having the most crayons. Kids can bond over just about anything, but as we get older, it’s harder to develop close relationships. But fie to all that! Being an adult has one great perk when it comes to getting to know new friends: tasty, life-affirming beer. All those anxieties we have about meeting new people as adults — where do I start? What do we talk about? — vanish when we get in front of a delectable brew. Getting to know a new friend becomes less daunting when you can invite them for a beer at one of these super-cool breweries.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewing; Milton, Delaware

This is one of the big ones. Dogfish Head has an impressive roster of rotating beers, including the 90 Minute IPA — one of the best of its kind — and unusual enjoyable offerings, like the Seaquench Ale, a sour beer made with lime peel, black limes, and sea salt. Dogfish Head’s tasting room is open for at least a few hours every day, including Sunday, and there’s a variety of food trucks for you and your buddy to choose from!

Surly Brewing Company; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Known for big, bold flavor, Surly Brewing Company doesn’t mess around when it comes to beer. The company’s enormous brewery facility features a taproom and a restaurant with a robust food menu. Surly is a great place to meet with friends and play outdoor games while you sample beers like the Furious, an IPA-ESB hybrid, or the #Merica!, a seasonal pre-prohibition style lager. And if you and your friend are lucky enough to get a seat at the Brewer’s Table, you’ll enjoy exquisitely-cooked meals paired with Surly’s beers.

Taos Mesa Brewing; El Prado, New Mexico

Nestled into the beautifully sparse New Mexican landscape, Taos Mesa Brewing features an indoor stage and an amphitheater for larger concerts. The brewery has a pretty full calendar of music and performances coming up, so pick one — or several — to check out while you enjoy the rich, malty Fall Down Brown or the light, crisp Kolsch 45. Taos Mesa has lots of brews and lots of events, so it’s a great choice for a casual friend-date!

Pike Brewing Company; Seattle, Washington

Landmark destination Pike Place Brewery always has a lot to see and do, so there’s really no better way to wind down an afternoon than at Pike, one of the best breweries in the city. Enjoy a beautiful view of Elliott Bay while you sip libations from a rotating tap list and snack on a soft pretzel. Like many of the other breweries on this list, Pike also hosts events from time to time. A favorite event here is the Women in Beer celebration, which honors women’s leadership in the Northwest craft beer industry.

Pelican Pub and Brewery; Pacific City, Oregon

This brewery arguably has the most beautiful scenery on this list. Pelican Pub and Brewery is literally an oceanfront destination, just sandy steps away from the shores of the Pacific. Watch the tides come in while you take a tour of the brewery. Then, eat some fried cheese curds or fish and chips, paired with Umbrella IPA or the malty Kiwanda Cream Ale. The Tillamook Taproom is open daily from 11 AM to 9 PM, and if you just can’t bear to leave, there are lots of nearby places to stay. Beer, sleep, repeat.

Ahh, beer — it can bring people together like nothing else. While visiting breweries with new friends is always great fun, make sure you know a little bit about their background before you invite them out.

Have you been to any of these breweries? What pubs and brewing companies would you like to see on this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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