Have you ever thought about doing a brewery tour but weren’t sure how to go about doing it? The good news is that they aren’t hard to plan! In fact, they are so much fun to plan.
The hardest part is choosing which breweries to go to! Which isn’t a bad problem to have. It just means you need to plan on another brewery tour after your first one!
So, let’s make a little plan of what a brewery tour can look like for you.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Make your guest list: From an intimate gathering or a large group, you can have your group as small or large as you want. We offer town cars for small groups up to a party bus for large groups! Find your fellow beer-drinking friends and round them up for a truly fun day or night out on the town!
- Pick your route: Okay, here’s where it can get painful (but in a good way). There are quite a few breweries in the east bay/ central valley of California. So, it’s a matter of paring them down to the ones you want to see most first. Then, plan to go to the rest of them on a second or third brewery tour with your same friends. Planning a brewery tour every season is a fun way to get everyone together and do something you love! Voila. Problem solved.
- Get everyone involved: So make sure everyone chimes in on the activities of the tour day. Some folks definitely will want to make more stops than others, so get it squared away how many to go to, where to stop for a meal, and if you want to throw shopping in their or some other excursion, make sure everyone agrees and is on the same page for your brewery itinerary!
- Plan your meals: If you plan on a day or evening tour of breweries, you will definitely want to space your meals in good locations near the breweries. If there are breweries around, odds are good there are great eateries nearby or even at the brewery. Let everyone voice their opinions, vote on the selected options, and make your day perfectly planned with a beautiful lunch and/or dinner in between tours.
Okay, now that we have the trip planned out beautifully, let’s talk a bit about a few breweries that are top-of-the-line and not to be missed.
East Bay Area:
Altamont Beer Works – Livermore – Come visit Altamont Beer Works with their fully-loaded taproom. And if their diverse beers weren’t enough, their taproom also has delicious food and pop-up events happening year-round. It’s a fun, lively, and beer-loving atmosphere you won’t want to miss!
Armistice Brewing Company – Richmond – A beautiful brewery with a dynamic brother and sister duo, this is a newcomer! They have a great taproom as well as outdoor seating and patio. They specialize in highly aromatic, juicy, hazy IPAs with hardly any bitterness.
Danville Brewing Company – Danville – This brewery is wonderful! Having been in business shortly after the prohibition, they are a sprawling, industrial brewpub with patio serving house brews, guest beers, and modern American food. Get your fill of brew and food all in one place.
Drake’s Dealership – Oakland – This brewery is in an old dealership, just like the name implies. They are a full-service restaurant with 32 beers on tap. Wow! This gorgeous brick building sits on Oakland’s historic Broadway Auto Row. Great food, great brews, in a stellar surrounding!
Faction Brewing – Alameda – Faction Brewing is all about making beers that they like, not because it’s trendy! They produce a wide range of beers in their 20-barrel brewhouse, including lagers, stouts, Belgian style beers, barrel-aged beers, and the occasional sour. But their main specialty and passion lie in hoppy beers. Come on by for a great time!
Fieldwork Brewing – Berkeley – This amazing taproom is located in the revitalized area of Berkeley. They always have an ever-changing tap list of fresh releases to enjoy by sampler flight or beer by the glass. You can even get your beer to go. Whatever you choose, it will be refreshing and delicious.
There are many more to choose from, but that’s a sample to whet your beer-loving imagination for how great a trip you can have from all over the East Bay and beyond.
For more information on our fleet, as well as all of our services, visit our website today. They are waiting to hear from you and will help you schedule an amazing brewery tour you’ll never forget.