Just as the popularity of craft beer continued to soar through 2019, the COVID pandemic shuttered many small, locally-owned breweries throughout the nation and world.
Earlier this year, San Francisco’s own ThirstyBear Brewing Company closed with no date to reopen. A staple in San Francisco’s craft beer community since 1996, ThirstyBear was the city’s second-oldest craft brewery behind only Anchor Brewing, which dates to 1896.
“I was shocked and sad about ThirstyBear closing,” said Mike Levinson, lead guide for SF on Tap. “Great staff, Awesome during our tours. They would let us go down into their brewery.”
Voted Best Beer Experience in America by TripAdvisor, SF on Tap craft beer walkings tours include local beer history, strolls through colorful neighborhoods and ample samples of beer at three breweries: 21st Amendment Brewery, Local Brewing Company, Seven Stills Brewery or Black Hammer Brewing.
We’re not bragging, but we believe our San Francisco beer tours help support the city’s storied craft beer scene. Here are 5 ways to support your local craft beer breweries during the holidays.
1. Book your holiday party at a local brewery.
Forget about the fancy restaurant. Craft beer is much cooler and multigenerational. Some breweries even serve light bites and food, and others partner with food trucks to provide an all-encompassing experience.
2. Consider buying a growler.
Whether you buy one for yourself or give a growler as a gift, this beer container will open up a whole new world of craft beer consumption. Considered both ecologically and economically friendly, growlers can keep tap beer fresh for up to 10 days (if it lasts that long).
3. Grab and go.
If you don’t have a growler, consider buying craft beer directly from local breweries. Many sell cans and bottles to go. This works out great for guests on our tours since they can take beer back to their hotels or home-share rentals to enjoy for the duration of their time in the city.
4. Give craft beer as a present.
Or better yet, give your favorite beer lover a gift certificate for our craft beer tour.
5. Do a Private Beer Tour.
SF on Tap offers private beer tours that are perfect for corporate groups and friends celebrating milestones. From bachelor parties to birthdays to team bonding, our craft beer tours are not only fun but also support a staple in San Francisco’s hospitality industry.