5. Montreal, Canada
A taste of Europe in North America, Montreal is also flush with pubs and taverns. On the banks of the St. Lawrence River, find the Molson Brewery, North America’s first, founded in 1786. The oldest brewpub in town and topping the list for a pub crawl is Le Cheval Blanc. Though the French character is apparent everywhere, ales made with cranberries or maple syrup make this an experience that could only come from Canada.
Also making a big name for itself as a Montreal masterpiece is Unibroue (technically located just south-east of the island). Be sure to try out the potent La Fin du Monde, which comes in a big champagne-sized bottle. Brace yourself for the 9% alcohol with an order of poutine (fries covered with gravy and cheese curds), available just about anywhere. (Photo Credit: Gary Soup/Flickr Creative Commons)