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3 places every beer lover needs to visit

Do you love a good brew? Are you tired of your usual bar, or just picking up a six pack at the grocery store to drink at home? Then you need a beer vacation! The world is full of exciting destinations where you can sample all kinds of exotic beers with your friends—some of which are located right here in the United States. The places on this list are a must-visit for anyone who loves beer, so pack up your designated driver and get your I.D. ready because you're about to head off on a beer adventure.

Burlington, Vermont

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When you think about beer, your mind probably doesn't jump immediately to Burlington, Vermont. At the end of 2010 though, this city had earned the title of most beer breweries per capita in the country, with 21 breweries for a population of 625,000 people. Those in the know recommend Long Trail Brewing in particular, located at the intersection of Route 4 and Route 100A. This homey brewery is located in an idyllic country landscape, with grassy, rolling hills, cozy cottages, and old farmhouses all around it. On the menu are some interesting beers you can't get anywhere else, like Blackberry Wheat, Belgian White Witbeir, and Double Bag Strong Ale. You can sample all these on a deck outside, complete with views of the Ottauquechee River.

Dublin, Ireland

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I have one word for you: Guinness. Guinness, one of the world's most popular and well-loved beer brands, is produced in the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, Ireland. According to beer aficionados, you don't get the true taste (or texture) of Guinness if you buy it in the States, where it tends to be thicker (and warmer, apparently). In Dublin, though, you can taste the real thing the way it was always intended to be drunk. But Ireland's beer scene doesn't stop at the Guinness Storehouse. This city (and Ireland as a whole) is home to many other great breweries that produce everything from Murphy's stout to Smithwick's red ale to Harp lager, so there is really something for everyone here.

Munich, Germany

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Munich is a bit of a given when it comes to great destinations for beer lovers. Germany as a whole is known for having some of the best beers in the world, to the point that many beer enthusiasts refuse to drink anything other than German brands. Munich itself is also the home to the mecca of beer lovers: Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest is a 16-day festival dedicated solely to beer, and it takes place every fall. More than 7 million liters of beer are served each year at this festival, and it is certainly an event that should be on the bucket list of every die-hard drinker. If you can't make it for Oktoberfest, don't worry. There are still plenty of great breweries in town to try out, like Augustiner-Keller Biergarten, which is one of the oldest breweries to still give tours.