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. Learn the art of libation creation with today’s Groupon: for $85, you get a brewery tour for two at North Bay Brewery Tours (a $170 value). Tours begin in either Rohnert Park or Petaluma.
Led by dedicated connoisseurs of Northern Californian craft suds, each North Bay tour illuminates the past, present, and future of independent beer conjuring. Over the span of approximately six hours, lagerphiles visit several local microbreweries, where they'll sample wares, explore production facilities, absorb the rich history of the brewing community, and learn how to craft the cold concoctions without leaving a keg under one's pillow for the beer fairy. The tour supplies intrepid imbibers with up to 14 specimens of amber enchantment throughout the day, punctuated by a complimentary lunch to keep taste buds on their toes. Although itineraries are subject to change, some of the typical stops include Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, and The Beverage People in Santa Rosa.
North Bay chauffeurs apprentice beer experts through their sudsy sojourn on environmentally affable buses fueled by compressed natural gas, which burns more cleanly than gasoline or diesel and avoids the dangerously high speeds of dilithium crystals.
North Bay Brewery Tours
Though many outsiders think California is all about fine wines, the savvy drinkers at Brewery Tours spread the word about the region's other specialty: craft beer. During tours attendees learn about the brewing process and get a behind-the-scenes tour.
Taste Sonoma County Tours led by knowledgeable drivers drop into a brewery, cidery/tasting room, and distillery. Tours also include free on-tap beer on the bus while traveling between locations and complimentary ice water keep tour takers' thirst sated between stops. And it also makes for an excellent way to taste a variety of brews while enjoying the safety of a designated driver. Tours start at 4:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday.