California – Beer Rush Tour

March 23, 2019March 30, 2019

Start Location:
San Diego, CA, United States
Nearest Airport: SAN

End Location:
San Francisco, CA, United States
Nearest Airport: SFO or OAK

8 days / 7 nights

Enjoy VIP Access and Exclusive Brewery Tours and Tastings:
Sip unique regional brews in some of the most unique and best beer-stocked pubs. Visit beer lovers’ favorites and rare finds such as Lost Abbey, Russian River, Ballast Point, Green Flash and Stone Brewing, as well as other delicious breweries and brewpubs.

Experience California from Top to Bottom:
Or in our case, from bottom to top! Take in the Scene at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, Enjoy a Tour of The “City by the Bay” including its Landmark Golden Gate Bridge and of course, taste your way through some of the best breweries in town. Soak up the California sunshine. Enjoy a cruise to visit the sea lions in San Diego. Try some clam chowder in a sour dough bowl at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a walk through history and slumber soundly in sumptuous art deco style on-board Long Beach’s Legendary Queen Mary.  And of course, sip your suds like a local as you hunt down some great beers at the pubs with your Beer guide!

Savor Gourmet Beer Paired Meals and Perfect Pairings:
Enjoy delicious, regional and fresh cuisine by people who know food local foodie-centric restaurants and eateries. California is known for its incredible food and we’ll be hitting up some amazing locations for your taste buds to explore! Experience for yourself why Bon Beer Voyage won a Food Trekking Award in both 2017 and 2018 from The World Food Travel Association.

Relax with Comfortable Accommodations:
We’ve chosen our hotels along the route to provide us with the perfect combination of comfort and location to make your beercation experience as relaxing as possible.

Be Our Guest:
Relax it’s your vacation! No driving! No figuring out where to eat or how to get from one place to the next! We are happy to help with any of your beercation planning; so don’t hesitate to contact us for pre or post hotel nights, insurance quotes, or for any other assistance you may need. Get ready for the beercation of a lifetime!

Not ready to book just yet? Email us or call 1-888-U-Go-Beer with any questions you have!


  • 7-Night Multi-Hotel Accommodations
  • Exclusive Tastings and Tours at Nearly 20 Breweries & Brewpubs
  • Seven Breakfasts
  • Four Lunches with Beer
  • 4 Mouthwatering Beer-Paired Dinners
  • Private Motor Coach Transportation

Not Included

  • Airfare and transportation to and from tour start point and end point
  • Meals or drinks with meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls
  • Expenses for any activities not included on the itinerary
  • Passport or visa fees
  • Gratuities for barge crew, guides, bus drivers and tour leaders
  • Tour insurance to cover tour cancellations/interruptions, lost luggage, etc
  • For full information, please navigate to our Terms & Conditions webpage
  1. San Diego

    We’ll gather in the lobby this afternoon for a welcome drink with tour director-Ruth, beer guide-Mike and your fellow beer voyagers. Then we are off to Karl Strauss Brewing for an exclusive brewery visit and welcome dinner. Chris Cramer Matt Rattner, the founders, were two college buddies inspired by a brewpub Chris came upon while traveling through Australia, the pair had a dream to bring local, handcrafted beer back to San Diego and they succeeded! After dinner, you’re welcome to explore the area on your own or join your tour guide, Mike, for some Beer Hunting.


  2. San Diego

    Today we will have breakfast at the hotel and then get ready for an awesome day of fun together! We will take a magnificent Seal Tour of San Diego and then take on three breweries: AleSmith Brewing Co., Green Flash Brewing Co. and Ballast Point Brewing. At these breweries, we’ll taste beers that you can’t get on the East coast! No worries! We’ll be having lunch at AleSmith to carb-load for the day! There are many incredible restaurants to choose from for dinner on your own this evening – the cuisines in San Diego are fresh and delightful.

    Breakfast, Lunch

  3. San Diego to Long Beach

    This morning we’ll all have breakfast in the hotel and then load up our luggage and head to our next destination, beautiful Long Beach. Our brewery checklist today is enviable: The Lost Abbey, Stone Brewing Co. (with a delicious lunch to boot!) and The Bruery. After the brewery bonanza, the evening is yours. There are various unique and delicious restaurants in Long Beach to choose from for dinner on your own this evening – or maybe you’ll just choose to relax and dine onboard our floating hotel and enjoy the historic ambience.

    Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Long Beach to Santa Barbara

    This morning, get an up close and personal look at the Queen Mary with our private VIP tour. From the ship’s groundbreaking construction and royal launch as the most luxurious and technologically advanced ocean liner at the time, to her duty as a troopship during WWII, to her golden days of the 1950s, to her earning the nickname, the “haunted ship,” the Queen Mary’s history is full of action, adventure, romance and paranormal activity. Then we’ll have lunch on our own at LadyFace Ale Companie, before hitting up a slew of amazing breweries such as: Telegraph Brewing Co, 3rd Window Brewing and The Brewhouse-where we have an fantastic visit and beer-paired dinner planned with one of the coolest brewers you will ever meet, Pete Johnson.

    Breakfast, Dinner

  5. Santa Barbara to Salinas

    After breakfast today, our first stop is at Firestone Walker Brewing Co for a delicious lunch and even more delicious beer to go with it! We’ll take a break for some free time to explore the shops and galleries of charming Carmel by the Sea. Then we’ll enjoy the gorgeous views during along the coast during a sight-seeing drive from Carmel to Monterey – the vistas of the unique California landscapes will put you in awe. To cap off our evening, we will be visiting Monterey Coast Brewing to sample their incredible brews and an unforgettable dinner.

    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Salinas to Santa Rosa to San Francisco

    A fun-filled day awaits us today! We are off to Santa Rosa where we’ll visit Lagunitas Brewing Co and Russian River Brewing. Both of these powerhouse breweries have amazing beers and special visits planned for our group. We’ll have plenty of time to enjoy a leisurely lunch and tasting at Russian River before we head over to Lagunitas to hear some tales of how it came to be while we taste our way through their offerings. Once our thirst has been quenched, we’ll head back south to San Francisco where the night is yours to paint the town red or just take it easy and relax. Our boutique hotel Vertigo, located just a few blocks off Union Square, was named after the Hitchcock movie which was filmed here.  But don’t worry, the only reason you head will be spinning here is because you will be nearing the end of a week full of so many amazing beer-filled experiences! Ask us about discounted rates if you plan to extend your stay a few extra days post- tour.

    Breakfast, Lunch

  7. San Francisco

    Breakfast this morning will be at your leisure at a local café then get ready for a great day full of beer and sightseeing. Not only will you experience an expertly guided tour of San Francisco with a totally hip local guide, but you’ll also have some free time on your own to explore Fisherman’s Wharf. Lunch options are available on Fisherman’s Wharf if you are looking for some fresh seafood stands; or if barbeque is your thing, then you’ll want to wait until we get to Magnolia Pub & Brewery for some amazing “q” to go with your brew! Next up, we are off to visit America’s first and oldest craft brewery, Anchor Brewing. The tour of Anchor is always a favorite and the tastings don’t disappoint, either. Fond farewells and fabulous food and beer await us for our final beer paired dinner together at Social Kitchen and Brewery. Our coach will bring us back to our hotel to relax and figure out how to pack all of our beer stash to take back home orif you still have some steam left in you on this Beer Rush, you may want to pop out to some of the local beer haunts listed on your beercation app for one last beery nightcap.

    Breakfast, Dinner

  8. San Francisco

    Time for a final breakfast at a local cafe before you depart for flights home or wherever your travels will bring you! Cheers until we meet again!


Bon Beer Voyage is a most excellent beer touring company and I highly recommend them to anybody interested in having a great Beercation. I had the best time and I look forward to traveling with them again! Ruth and Mike are highly knowledgeable and well connected Beer Tour Guides. They go above and beyond for their fellow Beercationers. I would not hesitate to book another Beercation with Bon Beer Voyage (and trust me, I am not that easy to please). It was so much fun and I made some very nice friends along the way. I had an amazing Beercation experience.

– Michelle Steinberg, New Jersey

This was a delightful way to experience the coast of California and many breweries. All the breweries we visited treated us as queens and kings. I definitely felt like I was given the royal treatment from private tours to a special birthday celebration. I will definitely be going on another Bon Beer Voyage tour!

– Kathy R.

I had high expectations leading up to this trip and found they were all exceeded once I went. Great planning and execution led us to a wide array of breweries/brewpubs offering excellent beer and great food. Throw in the additional sightseeing we had and you end up with an ideal vacation.  I can’t wait to experience it again.

– Charley Refro

Please Read our Terms & Conditions, and complete your Signature & Release Form before you travel. You will need to sign and then either mail or fax this page back to us at least 30 days prior to tour departure-thanks.

Our beer tour itineraries are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances such as inclement weather, transportation problems, or an unexpected business closure. We’re continually looking for ways to improve our tours and we sometimes come across a special new pub or brewery since the itinerary was published that we’d like to share with you. Since our beer tours are planned far in advance, we may occasionally adjust the itinerary as necessary to provide you with the best trip possible! Since a minimum number of passengers are required in order to run each trip, we suggest you refrain from non-refundable air purchases until 2 months prior to your departure date or confirmation of sailing.