Craft Beer Walking Tour: 4 Breweries - 3 Hours - 2 Tacos - 1 Mile

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  • Live Guide
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  • Group Tour
  • E-Ticket
  • 3 hr

Plenty of beer is included on this 3-hour walking tour showcasing 4 of Sonoma County’s finest award-winning microbreweries: Russian River Brewing Co, Shady Oak Barrel House, Third Street Aleworks & 3 Disciples Brewery. You and a crew of no more than 6 drinking buddies will join a friendly and knowledgeable local craft beer enthusiast, who will bring the area to life with historic accounts, fascinating local stories, and great photo opportunities along the way. The tour is as much about craft beer as it is about Sonoma County, so while you enjoy some of the best microbrews the Bay Area has to offer, your guide will share insights into the local beer scene, brewing techniques, beer styles and more.

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Stop At: Russian River Brewing Company

Aim to arrive 10 minutes early and look for the guide with the beer umbrella outside the crown jewel of Santa Rosa’s craft beer scene: Russian River Brewing Co. This is the home of Pliny the Elder, the first commercially produced double IPA in the country, which was ranked as the #1 beer in the US by the American Homebrewers Association 8 years in a row! This masterpiece — along with several other perfected recipes for the Blind Pig IPA, the STS Pilsner, and the Belgian “-ation” series — have racked up over 40 medals for this remarkable brewery at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. We will begin our stumble here by sampling all 4 of these diverse and divine award-winning beers, while learning a bit about each other, the roots of Sonoma County's fascination with beer, and the reasons that Santa Rosa has been dubbed the microbrew capital of the country.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Our next stop is the oldest operating brewery in Santa Rosa: Third Street Aleworks. Known for Anglo-Celtic inspired brews and West Coast style ales, Third Street is most famous for brewing the incomparable Annadel Pale Ale, which just won the Gold Medal at the World Beer Cup in 2021. Another of their world class beers, the Blarney Sisters Dry Irish Stout has won the gold medal 4 times at the Great American Beer Festival and 3 times at the World Beer Cup. Across both contests, Third Street Aleworks has won over 25 medals in the past 25 years. We will spend some quality time here, where you can enjoy a pint of your choosing along with tacos from one of the most popular taco spots in Sonoma County right next door to the brewery.

Duration: 45 minutes

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Specializing in strong Belgian ales, coffee porters, and a spectrum of 4 IPAs, the 3 Disciples Brewery offers an eclectic mix of the best styles Sonoma County has to offer. The founders built this brewery through sustainable farming, growing their own hops, barley and other ingredients to create some truly unique ales. Their flagship beer, The Lunar Halo Bourbon Imperial Stout, was aged in bourbon barrels for 10 months. With notes of chocolate brownies, coconut and an 11% ABV, this beer has won 4 top awards at the Battle of the Brews, beating out over 50 breweries to win the title of Best American Ale in 2019 and Best in Show in 2018. We will all get 5 oz. pours of this remarkable beer, along with another brew of your choosing from their ever-changing selection. This is a great spot to spend some time strolling around the venue, which has an outdoor courtyard, a concert stage, an art gallery, as well as darts, cornhole boards, and a giant jenga set that is begging to be played.

Duration: 45 minutes

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We wrap up our tour at one of the newest microbreweries in Santa Rosa, the Shady Oak Barrel House, whose specialties focus on barrel aging, farmhouse ales and sour beers. All of the beers here – even the fantastic IPAs, stouts, and pilsners they produce – have a little bit of a weird and wild twist to them. Housed in a cavernous hangar that used to be a 1960s car dealership, all of the barrels that line the walls of the brewery are actually filled with beer that is aging and will one day be tapped and poured for customers. Shady Oak is always using their space for creative events and fundraisers, such as vinyl record swap meets, bike part exchanges, live music benefits, local art shows, stand up comedy, and trivia nights. Throw in the huge outdoor patio on the riverfront, a different food truck every night, and the largest collection of pinball machines in Sonoma County, and you’ve got the perfect spot to kick back, relax, and let the evening unwind from there.

Duration: 45 minutes
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