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Taste Vacations Sale

Don’t Miss Out – Sale on All International Tours!

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Still haven’t booked your 2017 vacation? Now’s the time to explore Spain’s incredible wine, Belgium’s renowned beers, or Peru’s delectable cuisine.

Book an international Taste Vacation from now until February 15th and receive $300 off *

This includes our:

So what are you waiting for? Make 2017 the year you decided to Savor Your World.

 

*Cannot be combined with other discounts and does not include private or custom tours.

Beer tasting

Beer Tasting: How To Improve Your Sensory Analysis

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Wine isn’t the only beverage that deserves to be tasted, analyzed, and appreciated.  Beer has so many different styles, flavors, textures, and nuances that you have a plethora of options to try. Though a beer tasting can feel more “accessible” to the every day person than a wine tasting, it can still be intimidating to try to analyze what you are drinking.  Here are a few tips on how to help hone your skills and improve your sensory analysis:

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New Colorado Beer Tour

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Great American Beer FestivalColorado is one of the top craft beer meccas in the world. Not only does it boast over 300 breweries including five of the top 50 craft breweries in the United States, but it is also home to the Brewers Association trade group and the American Homebrewers Association.

Even more enticing, Colorado hosts the largest beer festival in the world – the annual Great American Beer Festival with over 700 breweries and 3,500 different beers. The GABF is a three-day event and spawns many affiliated parties, including the amazing Denver Rare Beer Tasting with rare, vintage, and exotic beers from 54 craft breweries from around the country.

Our new Colorado Beer Tour, set for October 6-9, 2016, includes the GABF and the Denver Rare Beer Tasting. But it includes much more. In addition to Denver, we visit the beer cities of Boulder and Fort Collins and have tours and tastings at major breweries including Wynkoop, Avery, Boulder Beer Company, Oskar Blues, and New Belgium. All dinners are included and two of these will be special beer pairing events.

On a beer tour you, ahem, need to be into beer. But we also take walking tours of all three cities, have a bit of downtime, and learn quite a bit about the state and its beer as well.

Please note registration must be completed by July 31 as GABF tickets for Brewers Association members (we have special access) go on sale August 2 and sell out to the public the following day.

And if you can’t imagine vacationing in Colorado without being active or seeing the mountains, consider joining our sister company Zephyr Adventures’ Beer, Hike, and Bike Adventure from October 3 – 7.

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Beer Tourism: On the Hunt for the Perfect Beer

Beer Tourism: On the Hunt for the Perfect Beer

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With the craft beer scene continuing to boom, beer tourism has found a solid spot in the travel industry. It has evolved quickly over the past several years so much so that it has begun to rival wine tourism. People love to search out new beers to taste and new beer adventures to experience. They want to see how the beer is made and speak to the people who make it. They want to discuss the specific hops used, where they were grown,and the thought-process the brewmaster had while creating a specific beer.

Being a beer tour operator ourselves, on top of organizing the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference and the new Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference, may make us partial to traveling to seek out delicious brews. But we think beer tourism is something a large number people can enjoy – here’s why:

Discovering Rare and Unique Beers

Many times breweries treat their own tap rooms as their testing lab. They serve up some of the craziest and peculiar beer concoctions that might not ever be distributed to the stores or bars. It’s fun to try new and interesting flavors, even if they aren’t quite ready for the public’s taste buds. But who knows, you may have the chance to be one of the first to taste that brewery’s next big hit.

Brewery Culture

Brewery culture can be summed up as friendly people who value taste. Much of the craft brew culture of today has stemmed from the homebrewing movement that began in the late 1970s. Around that time, the commercial beer companies were consolidating into larger and larger macro breweries that focused on light and low-calorie beers and touted big marketing budgets. Many homebrewers, and now most commercial craft brewers, are just really passionate beer geeks that are a lot of fun to talk to over a tasty brew.

Support Local

Wherever I’m traveling, I love to try the local and regional beers. Not only because it’s fun to taste a variety of different beers than you can get at home, but you are also supporting the local community you are visiting.

Get Away From the Touristy Areas

Unless you’re going to some of the larger craft breweries, seeking out a local brewery to visit and potentially tour is a great way to take a break from more touristy areas while on vacation. Smaller breweries may still be busy with locals (which is a good sign actually) but it will give you a completely different feel for the local culture.

On our Taste Vacations beer tours, we visit a mix of big name breweries that everyone has heard of, with smaller, unique microbreweries to give our guests a little taste of everything.

Zephyr Introduces New Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference

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Today we at Taste Vacations and Zephyr Adventures announced a brand-new Beer Marketing & Tourism Conference, which will take place March 28-30, 2017 in Asheville, North Carolina.

As you might or might not know, Zephyr has two sides to its business: tours (here at Taste Vacations and with our sister company Zephyr Adventures) and conferences (run by Zephyr Conferences). The BMTC is our seventh and newest conference.

Why does this interest you as a traveler with Taste Vacations? Simply because it reflects our growing connection to the craft beer industry, which will lead to new and better active beer tours in the future.

The BMTC is an industry conference and we think it is timely. Craft beer has been absolutely exploding in the US and now throughout the world. In fact, the growth has been so impressive many breweries simply sell out of their product without doing much marketing.

But there are now over 4,400 breweries in the United States with more coming online every single day. This results in competition – for tap room visitors which are oh so important to small breweries and for shelf space, which is not growing to keep up with beer production. Hence, marketing and tourism are becoming increasingly important.

As the organizer of the conference, we at Zephyr have the great pleasure of interacting with many of these breweries and those connections (and friendships) allow us to provide you with special experiences on our beer tours.

Want to see? Come join our Belgium Beer Tour or, coming soon, a beer tour in Colorado.