Un­der the Radar

THREE ELITE CRAFT BEER DES­TI­NA­TIONS

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Amer­i­cans don’t have to travel far to find great craft beer these days, but with so many choices, it’s in­evitable that some of the best brew towns are go­ing to fly un­der the radar. Here are three craft beer des­ti­na­tions you may not have no­ticed.

DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA

No­table Brew­eries: Bull Durham Beer Co., Durty Bull Brew­ing Com­pany, Full­steam Brew­ery

It turns out that Durham, North Carolina, is much more than a col­lege town. Af­ter all, Durham is also home to the an­nual World Beer Fes­ti­val, which will take place this year on Oct. 15.

Out­side of this fall’s fes­ti­val, there are at least half of a dozen brew­eries travelers can ex­plore in Durham, in­clud­ing Bull Durham Beer Co. and Bull City Burger & Brew­ery. The for­mer is the only brew­ery in the U.S. that’s lo­cated in­side of a mi­nor league base­ball sta­dium, while the lat­ter com­bines lo­cal beef and house-made buns with de­li­cious brews.

Try a sweet potato pale ale at Full­steam Brew­ery and then stop by Durty Bull Brew­ing Com­pany for some sour and bar­rel-aged brews.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH

No­table Brew­eries: Squat­ters Pub Brew­ery, Uinta Brew­ing Com­pany, Red Rock Brew­ing Co.

Your craft beer jour­ney through Salt Lake City be­gins the mo­ment your plane lands and you step foot in­side Salt Lake City In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Ter­mi­nal 2’s Con­course C is where you’ll find Squat­ters Air­port Pub. Al­though much smaller than Squat­ters Pub Brew­ery’s orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion in down­town Salt Lake City, travelers can still sam­ple some of the brand’s top brews here be­fore they un­pack their bags.

Red Rock Brew­ing Co. is also a stand­out brew­ery in Salt Lake City, serv­ing up a va­ri­ety of beers from draft classics to stronger and more cre­ative beers from its Fine Line and Artist Pal­ette.

If Squat­ters is Salt Lake City’s old­est brew­ery then Uinta Brew­ing Com­pany is the city’s most well-known. The brand is dis­trib­uted na­tion­ally and has won count­less awards for many of its beers, in­clud­ing its “Yard Sale” win­ter lager.

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

No­table Brew­eries: Fargo Brew­ing Com­pany, Drekker Brew­ing Com­pany

At the foun­da­tion of Fargo’s un­der­rated craft beer scene is Fargo Brew­ing Com­pany, which crafts a hand­ful of beloved beers that have be­come fa­vorites among those in the Midwest - in­clud­ing “Stone’s Throw” Scot­tish ale (pic­tured above) and “Wood Chip­per” IPA The brand cel­e­brates its sixth an­niver­sary this September and doesn’t ap­pear to be go­ing away any­time soon.

Look­ing to emerge from Fargo Brew­ing Com­pany’s shadow is Drekker Brew­ing Com­pany, an up-and-com­ing brand of­fer­ing free “Grains-to-Glass” tours and tast­ing ses­sions with the brewer on Satur­days.

Once you’ve had your fill of Fargo, head across the North Dakota-Min­nesota border to Moor­head, home of Junk­yard Brew­ing Com­pany. Junk­yard’s tap­room boasts as many as 10 dif­fer­ent taps and live mu­sic ev­ery night. Just be sure to bring a snack if you plan on hav­ing more than one.

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