Explore East Bay breweries on these festive tours.
Photo by Nat and Cody Gantz
Walk It Out
Did you know there’s an Oakland Ale Trail? Download a map on the Visit Oakland website, and embark on a self-guided tour of 11 of the city’s 14 breweries. Imbibers who get their “passport” stamped at all 11 locations will receive a free Oakland Ale Trail growler. visitoakland.com.
Cycle and Sip
Climb aboard Velocipede Tours’ 14-passenger bicycle, and wheel your way to various pubs and breweries in Jack London Square and West Oakland. Though you’re not allowed to drink while pedaling, the two-hour beer tour guarantees three stops—possibly four, depending on the pace of your group—not including Independent Brewing Company, where the excursion starts and ends. oaklandpedaltours.com.
Whole Brew World also explores the Oakland beer scene in its Uptown Beer Walk, but the company’s tour offerings span across the East Bay, too. A comfy van shuttles passengers to Oakland and Berkeley breweries on the Golden West Tour, the Blue Collar Tour takes participants to beer tastings in Alameda and San Leandro, and The Valley Tour highlights the craft-beer establishments of Livermore. Meanwhile, the Diablo Beer Trail Tour—the newest offering—allows guests to experience Martinez and Concord breweries. wholebrewworld.com. —J.F.