LA Craft Beer Tours: Drinking and NOT Driving

Monday, October 20, 2014

I’ll admit I ran across LA Craft Beer Tours as I was attempting to find a great birthday activity for my husband who recently turned 40. I saw that their Yelp score was pretty impeccable and so I filled out their contact form which was promptly responded to by one of the co-owners, Pat.

We figured out what breweries and when and for how long and then Pat took it from there.

And we had a bus. A bus, I tell you! It pulled up in front of my house and all the people gasped. It was wonderful.

LA Craft Beer Tours operates both scheduled and private tours (we booked a private) that run from about $50 per person for publicly scheduled tours to a bit more per person for private ones. Prices for private tours depend on how many people you have and how far they will be transporting you.

For example, a couple times a month LACBT runs a public tour in LA that stops at Los Angeles area breweries. The scheduled for the first weekend of November stops at Angel City, Golden Road and Eagle Rock Brewery. That tour is $49. At each stop on both the public and private tours each person gets either a flight of tastings or a pint to enjoy before they move on to the next location. Some breweries offer tours and at one, we met the owner and master brewer who chatted with our group all about his particular process. It was fascinating.

They run tours in all three coastal counties: LA, Orange and San Diego and will take even take you up toward Ventura and Santa Barbara from Los Angeles. Some tours (where there is more driving involved) can be an all day thing (from 9 hours) but most that are local run about 5 to 5 ½ hours.


Pat or Dale run the tours and one of them accompanies each one. At each brewery, Pat gave us recommendations based on what kind of beer we liked and what he preferred at each one. We happened to go on one of the hottest days of the year a couple weeks ago, so he rearranged our day to include the one with the least air conditioning early on (you’re all outdoor Bootleggers, but I love you anyway!) and even reserved a table for our group in the shade.

Loved it, loved it, loved it!

And I’m even thinking about taking one of the scheduled ones with some friends to experience some fun new breweries we’ve never been to.

Seriously. Pat is super knowledgeable and I can’t recommend them highly enough.

Plus not a single one of us should be driving after visiting THREE BREWERIES! Right?

Of course I'm right.

Details:
LA Craft Beer Tours can be found on the web here and on Yelp here. Choose from beer tours in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, the South Bay and Ventura/Santa Barbara.

1 comment:

  1. We too are thinking about experiencing some fun new breweries we’ve never been to. A designated driver on such occasions is always a smart choice. A knowledgeable DUI lawyer will know that there are certain health circumstances that can affect the results of the tests used to detect driving under the influence. My friend who is a Los Angeles DUI attorney has helped many of his client in this way.

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