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Brewery Tours Around the United States for Oktoberfest

Even though Oktoberfest — like just about everything else — has gone virtual this year, there may be good news for beer lovers.

You don’t have to travel to Germany for an immersive beer experience.

In San Francisco, there’s the Alcatraz and walking craft beer tour. After a trip to Alcatraz Island, you’ll take the ferry back, stopping at several breweries at Fisherman’s Wharf as well as the Mission and SOMA districts of San Francisco.

In Asheville, North Carolina, a certified beer concierge will lead you through the breweries of this mountainous town, where you’ll not only sample the brews but learn a thing or two about the brewing process.

And in Portland, Oregon, there’s the Portland Brewery Bike Tour, where you’ll pedal through the Pearl District, Nob Hill, and Downtown Portland and stop at multiple breweries in between. Just make sure to wear a helmet, and bring your bike lock. You might just have to call…a cab.