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The next big thing in culinary tourism is the craft spirits movement. Distilleries are popping up in cities around the world. Visiting a distillery is a lot like visiting a brewery or a winery – albeit with a bit more of a punch. The concept is the same – small regional producers driven with an absolute single-minded passion to their craft create some of the finest distilled sports the world has ever seen. Master distillers are turning out vicious vodkas, burning bourbons and whiskeys, gorgeous gins, and even the occasional rowdy rum.

Since our first craft distillery outside of Chicago a few years ago, we’ve sought out these temples of Bacchus and their delicious spirits. Visiting a distillery is near the top of our list in any city as we travel. From London to Colorado, craft distilleries are where it’s at! While the destination may change, the concern for the craft is always present. Here are some of our favorite distillery experiences.

Drinking Genever in Amsterdam

Wynand Fockink is a genever tasting room in Amsterdam that is over 300 years old. The bar offers more than 60 products for tasting.

It’s five minutes until 3:00 in the afternoon and already there’s a line of 20 people snaking outside the dark green door. You would think someone was giving away money. But it’s just a normal Sunday in Amsterdam outside a bar that’s been here for over 300 years.

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13 Things to Do on a Weekend in Mayberry

A painted wall in downtown shows features of the area. From outdoor activities to wine tasting to taking in the sights of "Mayberry," there are so many fun things to do in Mount Airy NC

Mount Airy, North Carolina–affectionately known as Mayberry–was Andy Griffith’s hometown and the inspiration for the setting of The Andy Griffith Show. But Mount Airy is more than Mayberry, too. This charming town offers good eats, excitement in the great outdoors, and unexpected history lessons, with a bit of moonshine thrown in for good measure.

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