- 313 Ratings
Public VIP Brewery Tour in North Bay
Swig local brews during a fun-filled VIP brewery tour. Double the beery goodness when you sample up to five different brews and enjoy beer on tap while riding around on the bus.
What You Will Do
- Take part in a public VIP brewery Tour where you fill up on delicious local beers
- Taste up to five different brews: Introduce your taste buds to the best beers around
- Enjoy a gourmet lunch that pairs perfectly with the suds you're enjoy, then set off on a behind-the-scenes tour to learn what goes into these refreshing beers
- Ride around on a comfy bus that has an onboard tap so you can keep the fun going in between stops
- Transportation to three breweries with a commercially licensed driver
- Beer education and service from a Cicerone Certified Beer Server
- 3-5 tastings at each of the breweries
- Complimentary lunch
- Behind the scenes brewery tour
- Beer on tap onboard
- Bottled water
All participants must sign waiver.
Cancellation must be requested at least 72 hours prior to the start of the tour for possible refund.
- 313 Ratings
We enjoyed our tour - our driver was great. Being the only two people on the tour was kind of dissapointing, we had been hoping for the camaraderie that comes with a full bus of people. The beer at the breweries were a good mix of styles and two of the three breweries we had never heard of which was great. Lagunitas was easily the best set up for the "tour" - the other two breweries didn't seem to even be expecting us but one did let the driver take us behind the scenes to see some equipment. We would love to try again in future with a bigger group and try some other breweries.
The tour was fun and educational. I learned a lot about brewing at Lauganitas, the tour guide was great, I will definitely tell friends and recommend it to them.
While I understand that the bus used was a substitution, it was a little dingy.
Our tour guide was wonderful but I don’t think the tour was planned out with the all the breweries. Fogbelt was full so we had to sit outside in drizzly weather. I think the guides or whoever is in charge to call ahead to breweries that can accommodate. There was only 10 of us
Our tour was awesome - Ron - our tour guide - was fun and very knowledgeable giving us a lot of interesting fun local beer history and the 3 breweries were great - the highlight being Lagunitas where we had a hilarious bartender and wonderful flights of beer! The other 2 newer breweries were really good and we were thrilled to try them. The entire tour was perfect including lunch and we would highly recommend it!
We had a very good time and the guide was outstanding. The bus was big and comfortable. Would have liked a more diverse selection of beers (some of us Californians have had plenty of IPAs). The lunch was disappointing. We were told we’d eat at a brewery but we had to eat messy sandwiches out of a paper bag on the bus with no trays. My Reuben was terrible and not even a bag of chips. And the mints for dessert never got to our seats. IPA on the bus was most welcome but they advertise a selection of beers on the bus. Starting at Lagunitas worked exceptionally well - beer and performance art!
Even though I was excited to go to Barrel Brothers, I didn't like the beers we had there. I really only like IPAs and some stouts. Not sure if it's possible to accommodate people with different likes but it would be nice. Felt safe with the bus driver and Mike was an excellent tour guide. Great, great day except for Barrel Brothers.
everything was great. My only feedback would be to have the host explain at each stop what to expect prior to each stop (tour, tasting, etc...) and also if just a tasting, then a flight list would be helpful so we can anticipate what to expect during the stop. Again... great time and well done.
We enjoyed our Public VIP Brewery Tour very much. We loved Lagunitas Brewing and found the tour quite informative. The other two breweries were good too, but mostly just for drinking beer rather than learning about the process to brew it. Our tour guide and bus driver were cheerful and friendly and very knowledgable about beer and the area in general. The only reason that I didn't give the tour 5 stars was because the lunch wasn't pleasant. Sandwiches were kind of soggy and not much fun to eat quickly on the bus. All in all, it was a good day and I'd recommend the experience to friends.
WE had such a fantastic time. Matt & Rob made it even better. We highly recommend
We loved out tour guide Katie and driver Rob! She was very knowledgeable about beer and the breweries we visited. Our tour and tasting at Lagunitas was exceptional. Five stars for guide Taylor and all of the staff there that we interacted with! Cooperative had a great vibe and although they were very busy, staff was friendly and welcoming. My only disappointment was the staff at Barrel Brothers. The staff paid more attention to the customers at the bar than to our group so we had to work a little for their attention. Didn't feel very VIP there and didn't make me feel like I wanted to return. All in all, a fun day trying some beers I might not have otherwise tried.
Great job James!!!!! We appreciated your knowledge about our local breweries! Jeanny was an excellent bus driver!!!!
Great time , even educational about brew history with some fun people
Very relaxed and informative at the same time.
Although the tour was a good one, it would have been nice to stop the bus to eat lunch. We ate our sandwiches while driving to the next stop. It was a little messy. Also, we ran into traffic because Santa Rosa was hosting a triathlon and we ran into the bikers.
The tours and tasking were great. Lunch was good but would be better if we could eat the sandwiches at a picnic beer spot, but I get time is an issue. Need a better sound system in the van and play better music to keep the fun going.
Tim and Joe were great! We had a blast.
I enjoyed the Lagunitas experience and the beer was great all around. I would have liked to choose my own beer tasting at each establishment (or at least had options) as opposed to a set tasting picked in advance. My sandwich was great, but I saved half and when I returned to the bus it was gone (I guess it was ravished by ants?). Lastly, the guides were great but it would have been fun if there was maybe music playing on the bus... We did appreciate the drop off in Santa Rosa as an added bonus!
My Husband and I had an amazing time! Very fun, laid back, knowledgeable, and something we will tell our family and friends about!
It happened to be that my girlfriend and I were the only two people signed up for the tour and surprisingly, the tour was not canceled. Thinking we were the only 2 on the tour was a bit strange at first, but very quickly the tour guide made us very comfortable and sure knew what she was talking about. It made for a fantastic Sunday in the North Bay!
We had a great time with a great group of people. We definitely want to go again!
Had a great time! The North bay staff was knowledgeable and great to be around. I really enjoyed Lagunitas, but the entire tour was a great experience. The sandwich was the bomb. Definitely will be returning.
We loved Lagunitas but Barrel Brothers and Cooperidge we’re not as good in terms of beer. We LOVED the sandwich choices and thought James was an awesome driver!
this was fun and we are definitely glad we did it. there is room for improvement though. the shuttle is a piece of junk, which is ok, but the air conditioner was not effective after 2pm. if you are going to visit the smaller breweries, it seems they should be requested to have a little lecture prepared. I don't know how our tour benefits them, but we expect a more informative visit from the brewery. Otherwise, we could just take uber and get the same experience.
The tour guide was enjoyable and knowledgeable. I loved the tour at Lagunitas and I learned of a few smaller brewers and tried a lot of great beers. I have and will continue to spread the word of the brewery tour. I had a fantastic time and thank you for a great day.
This is our second time on this tour and both times w e totally enjoyed ourselves. Guide was amazing and so knowledgeable. She had an in depth explanation for everything. The rest of the patrons were very friendly and I think everyone enjoyed each others company. The only thing I think could have been done better was lunch. Part of the deal was a sandwich and we were able to select what we wanted from a good selection. BUT, we ate on the bus. We were given the choice to eat at the next winery but there really wasn't a place so most of us at while traveling from one brewery to the next. Just a comment though, that was such a minor thing and it would not hinder my from recommending the tour to someone else.
Many of the beers at the last brewery were quite hoppy. Few people in our tour cared for them. I think the tasting could have been a bit more tailored. Other than that, we enjoyed it.
No air conditioning was a big problem.Especially when advertised as part of the shuttle/bus experience. Otherwise it was a great day filled with knowledge and fun.
The tour was FANTASTIC!! Our tour guide and driver were super informative, really nice and a lot of fun. The stops were great and lots of delicious beer tastings. The lunch was superb and plenty of water to hydrate between stops. A keg of beer on the bus was a great touch! Only taking one star away because the bus had no air conditioning and it was over 90 degrees that day! Make sure to book when the weather is mild because it was really hard to get back in and ride in a sweltering bus after drinking beer. I wish we would have known that going in because it was VERY HOT and uncomfortable. All in all though....we would totally recommend to our friends.
Driver and Katie were excellent...
Great, knowledgeable staff, clean safe transportation. My friends loved the beer but we tasted a lot of the same varieties and I wish they had mixed it up a bit. Also wish that there had been more snacks provided or more opportunities to purchase food. The lunch that was provided was sandwiches that were drenched in mayo. They also got my boyfriend's order completely wrong and so he didn't have anything f to eat essentially for the whole trip. The other patrons were a lot of fun though and it was a good time overall.