Recently I was invited to a birthday party on the Brewvana Portland Brew tour co bus. This was a first for me and, I believe, everyone else on board. I have seen the tours come in when I've been at breweries and I have seen Brewvana shuttling people around for various beer events. Truth be told I was a bit skeptical that it could really be worth it. I can just drive myself to whatever brewery I want and the costs associated with the tour seem high relative to the amount of beer you get...but by the end of the tour my mind was changed.
We got picked up in Camas at the birthday person's house, by an unmarked, white short bus that looked a little like jail transport from the outside. But inside it had a cool mural on the ceiling, rope lighting, a small fridge in the back and cup holders on the seats. Our driver was Nikki who was super nice. In this line of work I assume you really need an outgoing personality and she was great, chatting with us like she knew us right from the start. We got our Brewvana glass, pretzel necklace, and beer journal and were on our way into Portland for the first stop at one of my favorite breweries, Base Camp Brewing.
|Stacks of Base Camp taster trays
|Inside of the bus
|VW Vanagon inside the brew area.
|20 BBL gravity feed brewhouse.
|Barrels at Upright
All in all I had a great time and I think everyone else did as well. Now I get the value that Brewvana gives you: with Brewvana's connections they can offer all sorts of different tour options, so there is something for everybody, plus you get a cool driver to haul you around while you drink too much with your friends. Nice!
I hope to "Hop on the bus!" sometime in the future and I think you should as well.
|Happy Wife and I on our way home.
|Panoramic picture of brewhouse & barrels at Upright.