These beer tours—by two, four or more wheels—offer drinkers a new view of their favorite places.
Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy
The five-day, four-night West Flanders sampler is a condensed version of Beercyling’s 10-day Flanders tour, making it ideal for first-timers and less intense cyclists. It begins in Bruges and, at the pace of about 20-40 miles per day, includes stops at Fort Lapin, De Dolle Brouwers, De Plukker, St. Bernardus, Kazematten, Rodenbach and St. Sixtus, makers of the holy grail of beer: Westvleteren 12. Tours include the bike and bag rental; hotel stays; breakfast, lunch and snacks; and a shirt. One of the company’s founders leads every tour, ensuring expert commentary and leadership.
May 27-31; Sept. 2-6
BEER & BIKE TOURS
Fort Collins, Colorado-based; tours nationally and internationally
The Fort Collins Brew Cruise is the company’s most popular and beer-focused route, ferrying cyclists on provided beach-style cruisers to three breweries—which could include standbys Odell, Fort Collins and New Belgium as well as newer stars Funkwerks, Black Bottle and Horse & Dragon—plus a potential stop at craft malting house Troubadour Maltings. If you’re a FoCo pro, the small tour size (only six riders) means routes can be customized to include breweries you haven’t visited before.
Year-round (though peak season is March through early November)
FRONT RANGE RIDE GUIDES
Colorado’s front range (Boulder, Nederland, Denver, Loveland, Longmont, Golden, Fort Collins)
If you’d like your bike-to-brewery tour to include a little less pavement, these small-group tours are totally customizable and can include single-track mountain biking to Oskar Blues, Very Nice, Wild Mountain or Southern Sun. When visiting popular Boulder breweries, though, the tours stick to paved commuter paths. A half-day (3-4 hours) tour could include stops at Mountain Sun, Boulder Beer, Sanitas, J Wells, Fate, Twisted Pine, Upslope and BRU; while a full day (4-plus hours) could reach as far as Avery, Asher, New Planet, Vindication and Finkel & Garf.
Year-round (pending weather)
Half day from $109/rider; full day from $149/rider
THE MAINE BREW BUS
Southern Maine (focused on greater Portland)
Maine Brew Bus switches up its tours regularly, so once aboard the bright lime bus, don’t expect the same stops twice. Roll through outposts in the East Bayside neighborhood (which include Oxbow Blending & Bottling, and Urban Farm Fermentory) or other brewery-dotted areas south of Portland or along the Presumpscot River. For those looking for stronger stuff, themed rides like the Suds and Spirits tour include layovers at local distilleries.
Tours from $45-$80/passenger
CRAFT CONNECTION BREWERY TOURS
Cincinnati (Dayton tours also available)
On weekends, this 14-seat bus whisks you through Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Brewery District to hit spots like Rhinegeist, MadTree, Taft’s Ale House and Urban Artifact. If regimented schedules aren’t your thing, Craft Connection also offers private, you-pick-the-itinerary tours for groups as small as seven. Each stop includes several pours recommended by the brewmasters.
Tours from $50-$60/passenger for scheduled trips; private tours vary
BREWERY TOURS OF SAN DIEGO
A tour of breweries in this beer-soaked city wouldn’t be worth its salt without knowledgeable chaperones. Founded in 2007, Brewery Tours of San Diego and its trained guides have escorted and educated thirsty customers longer than many of the current brewing destinations have existed. Scheduled tours run seven days a week and the company offers groups of all sizes private customized tours of many of the area’s 100-plus breweries, including regular stops AleSmith, Green Flash and the newest location of Pizza Port in Ocean Beach.