A brewery, like the beach, is a relaxing oasis that allows tired travelers to bask in golden hues, frolic in frothy spumes, and get in splash fights with siblings. Savor sudsy fun with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get a brewery tour and tasting for two at Heinzelmännchen Brewery in Sylva (up to a $59 value).
Rooted in Black Forest tradition, the Heinzelmännchen Brewery was founded by Dieter Kuhn, who as a young boy in Germany used to fetch his family's beer from the local brauhaus. Get a peek at beer’s birthing process with a guided stroll through the brewery. A tour guide (frequently the head brewer himself, although there are no guarantees) explains the Heinzelmännchen brewing system and equipment while delineating how each piece of machinery works, what it produces, and what its favorite Winston Churchill quotes are. Tours take place Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and can last between 5 and 20 minutes. After the tour, each participant can taste eight beer samples which vary day to day. Samples may include the pilsner-style Ancient Days honey blonde ale; the smooth, toffee-accented Middleworld brown ale; and the creamy, thick-headed Black Forest stout. Each carousing couple also goes home with two souvenir pint glasses and one Novum growler, a deceptively friendly jug-shaped transporter of beer perfect for hikes, ornithology retreats, and gingerbread-man hunts. Fill up the growler for an additional fee, but please note the pint glasses cannot be filled up at the brewery.