When Boomers are searching for their ideal retirement destination, they may look for a favorable climate, tax environment, cost of living, or amenities. But what if one of their main requirements is having quality craft beer nearby? Fortunately, there are plenty of retirement hotspots across the U.S. that are near some of the best craft breweries and craft bars for beer-loving retirees. And with International Beer Day happening this month, what better time to plan your retirement destination around some of the country’s best brews? Whether you prefer double IPAs, classic pale ales, or barrel-aged stouts, there is a retirement location that’s within the vicinity of these crafty brews. Check out where to retire if you like craft beer below.
The Austin-Georgetown Area has emerged as a top retirement destination for Boomers thanks to the area’s desirable qualities such as warm weather, strong economy, vibrant music scene, active lifestyle, and outdoor recreation. The area also includes many active adult communities offering new construction, including Sun City Texas in Georgetown, Kissing Tree in San Marcos, and Heritage at Vizcaya in Round Rock. Beer enthusiasts searching for their local watering hole for craft beers will have plenty of options within the Austin area. Located 30 minutes from downtown Austin, Jester King Brewery is a popular farmhouse brewery that has practically perfected the barrel-aging process of its craft beers including their farmhouse ale, La Vie en Rose, which is made from raspberries. Their Noble King is another popular beer that’s available on tap.
The Sacramento Area is a true gem in Northern California that has a rich lineup of 55+ communities in beautiful locations, including Sun City Lincoln Hills in Lincoln, Heritage El Dorado Hills in El Dorado Hills, Heritage Park in Sacramento, and Diamond Glen in Folsom. In addition to a variety of active adult communities, the area also has great breweries like Sierra Nevada in Chico, New Glory Craft Brewery in Sacramento, and El Dorado Hills Brewing Company in El Dorado Hills. Sierra Nevada in Chico features a scenic location along with a variety of beers, a delectable food menu, and music. Boomers can visit this brewery to taste its IPA-style Hop Hunter while enjoying live performances in its 350-seat venue.
Retirees who seek outdoor adventure and scenic beauty will love the Denver Area as their retirement destination. Nicknamed the Mile-High City because of its elevation, Baby Boomers will find a great combination of 55-plus communities that offer numerous amenities and home designs and at different price ranges that suit retirees with different budgets. Homebuyers can find affordable homes in Windsor Gardens in Denver or find new construction homes in Hilltop at Inspiration in Aurora.
Both 55+ communities provide retirees with an active and social lifestyle and, best of all, residents are close to some of Denver’s popular breweries. Within Denver and the surrounding area, there are multiple craft breweries like Bootstrap Brewing in Longmont, New Image Brewing in Arvada, and 10 Barrel Brewing Company in Denver. Fort Collins, which is about an hour away from Denver, is home to well-known breweries like New Belgium and Odell Brewing Co. that feature a variety of microbrews and spacious taprooms that double as outdoor drinking spots.
Seattle is famous for its coffee-drinking establishments, grunge music scene, and the iconic Space Needle. But this beautiful city is also home to a thriving urban center that offers unique cultural attractions, shopping, dining, scenic views of the Puget Sound and Cascade Mountains, and top-notch craft breweries. Washington state is currently home to more than 300 breweries, most of which are found in and around Seattle. And with about 77% of the country’s hops grown in the Cascade Mountains, retirees are sure to find quality craft beers throughout the region. Retirees can check out some local breweries like Fremont, Black Raven, Pike Brewing Company, and Reuben’s Brews. The Seattle Area is also home to a wide selection of age-restricted communities that were developed by notable builders like Shea Homes, who built Trilogy at Redmond Ridge in Redmond and Trilogy at Tehaleh in Bonney Lake. William Lyon Homes is currently developing Ovation at Oak Tree in Lacey. With so many breweries in the vicinity, Boomers are never too far from their 55+ community and their preferred craft bar spot.
The Asheville-Hendersonville Area has been a prime retirement destination for active adults for many years. The area offers beautiful mountain views, outdoor recreation, diverse attractions, and distinct shops as well as charming active adult communities like Crowfields, Beaverdam Run, and Pinebrook Farms. Retirees who love beer will also enjoy that Asheville, which is nicknamed Beer City, is home to plenty of breweries and craft bars. Wicked Weed is one of the city’s popular breweries that offer visitors a full restaurant, bottle shop, and 15-barrel brewery all under one roof. With over a dozen craft brews available on tap and a dog-friendly establishment, retirees will want to make this brewery their regular watering hole. From well-known breweries like Twin Leaf and Hi-Wire to local craft bars like Thirsty Monk, Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria, and The Bier Garden, Boomers are sure to find a brewery that’s just right for them.