Plato once said, “He was a wise man who invented beer.” We agree. Experiencing a city’s craft beer is a great way to immerse yourself in a small niche community while mingling with friendly locals. San Diego has quickly turned into one of the craft beer capitals of the world, with people traveling far and wide to taste some of the these hop-filled suds. If you’re a brew lover, don’t be shy about taking a San Diego beer tour to experience the city and meet some fascinating people.
La Jolla Wine Tours Beer Train
Climb aboard the best train around: the Beer Train! The train will take you along the coast of San Diego where you’ll get a chance to visit some of the area’s best breweries. Tours begin at 12:30 pm downtown and end around 5:30 pm, meaning you get five solid hours of beautiful San Diego coastline and five hours of tasty beer. The tour includes about one mile of guided walking tours to go over the area’s history. Enjoy an authentic and tasty brewpub lunch to fill your tummies before you sample the myriad of craft beers that you drink on the train! Tickets are just $89 each, plus a $12 train ticket per passenger. Grab your cheap San Diego Convention Center hotel room at Marina Inn, conveniently located just a few blocks from the downtown San Diego trolley stop.
Scavengers Beer Adventure
Scavengers offers a variety of tours, allowing you to customize your beer tour to your liking. The Saturday Beer Safari ($99-119) takes you around town in a not-so-subtle Swiss Military Vehicle to tastings at three craft breweries and delicious hometown favorite, Phil’s BBQ. You’ll also get a tasting glass with the Scavengers’ logo. The Captain Seabirds Beer Exploration takes you to three craft breweries and taprooms, provides pizza for lunch, and a free souvenir glass with a Seabirds logo. Guests also get to go on a tour of the Oceanside Harbor areas. Private tours are also available for a little extra cash.
Enjoy “great friends, cold beer, and a hot ride” with Brew Hop tours. This company will talk to you personally so you can design the best tour for your visit. Every route and brewery that’s visited is customized to fit your desires and personality! If you want a party-like experience, try the Connoisseur Tour that lasts five hours and includes transportation with a professional driver, your own personal VIP tour host, private tours at each location you visit, samples at all breweries, and even gratuities for bar staff. Depending on the places you visit, some will have teamed up with local food trucks so you can experience local grub with your beer.
No matter what beer tour you decide to jump aboard, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed in the craft beer tasting options in San Diego. These 3 beer tour companies know exactly where to take you so you can get the full San Diego experience. However, if you’d like to visit local breweries on your own time, visit the San Diego Brewer’s Guild website where you can download a free map and beer guide. As for the perfect starting off point, make sure to book a room near downtown San Diego. Marina Inn is the perfect San Diego Downtown Hotel near Little Italy, within walking distance several craft beer dream-lands such as Craft & Commerce, Ballast Point, the Stone tasting room and Bottle Craft.
An added bonus when booking with the Marina Inn hotel is that guests get a complimentary buffet breakfast to fill up on before beginning their beer adventure. To book your room today, call 1-800-571-2933 to see if you qualify for the early booking discount.