Jul 112016

North Bay Brewery Tour at Lagunitas Brewery.

North Bay Brewery Tours is the brainchild of three local home brewers and craft beer enthusiasts: James Holt, Robert Watkins, and Ron Holt. James and Ron started brewing with their father years ago. At first it seemed like a difficult project, but with practice, they made beer after beer that turned out unique and delicious. It’s this same love for the hobby that gave Northern California its high concentration of amazing small brew houses.The three get together regularly to brew their own beer, think of ways to share enthusiasm with this “hobby” and help the North Bay continue to earn its reputation for world-class craft beer.

James and Robert came up with a plan to run a bus tour around the North Bay to their favorite local Microbreweries. The response has been nothing short of amazing. With Ron’s knowledge of business, Robert’s financial expertise, and James’ love for the art and the influence of brewing, their company is experiencing great success.

Choose a standard 5-hour Brewery Bus Tour, which includes  safe, round-trip transportation to three different breweries; beer service on the bus; and a short presentation on the ingredients of beer and how it’s made. Or choose a 6-hour V.I.P. Tour, including all of the above, plus lunch and a behind-the-scenes look at one of the breweries.

The tour is all about tasting great craft beer and visiting some of the best microbreweries in the world. The tour begins at one of their standard pickup locations in Rohnert Park or Petaluma, every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. You’ll then be taken in a luxurious state of the art 14-seat tour bus, to a few of Sonoma County’s or Napa County’s best microbreweries. You’ll enjoy beer tastings, brewing facility tours, and a chance to experience “Craft Beer Country” first hand! Your personal guide will explain how beer is made, the local history, and hear some of the inside stories that have become folklore in the local craft beer community.

Most importantly, you’ll be provided safe transportation to and from each brewery without worry. Northbay Brewery Tours invites you to “craft” your own personalized tour with their assistance.

Tours include some of the world’s best microbreweries, like Lagunitas, Third Street Aleworks, Bear Republic, Russian River Brewing, Stumptown Brewing, Woodfour and Old Redwood Brewing Company. And now, tours in Napa County include Napa Point, Napa Smith Brewing and Carneros Brewing.

Also available, ask about the $40 Friday Night Pub Crawl. Hop on the beer bus for transportation to and from four different bars/breweries.

Additional Services at North Bay Brewery Tours include Craft Beer & Cheese Pairings, a Homebrewing Workshop and transportation for special events.

Book your tour, (tickets must be purchased in advance) at (707) 60-BREWS/(707)-602-7397. •northbaybrewerytours.com

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