Just this past weekend I treated myself to a craft beer walking tour in San Francisco. It was located in their Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, and I’ll start things out by saying I approve! It was about 4 hours and took us to 3 different microbreweries, all within walking distance of each other. It’s a little more upscale than a standard bar crawl where you and your buddies just tell each bartender to hit you with their best shot on your way to route blackout, and a little less elegant than booking a limo and taking a fancy wine tasting tour. It falls right in the middle, a nice small group of people who are mostly there because they all want to taste some good craft beer, and learn about the history of one of San Fran’s finest areas.
I was very pleased with the staff/tour guides on this trip. They didn’t bore us with useless information and keep us waiting outside the bar til they finished their spiel. They would talk and describe things to us briefly on each walk because let’s face it, once we were standing outside the actual bar there’s no more keeping our attention. We want in! At each bar, we would receive brief history lessons about how the bar began and its contributions. My favorite part was the backstory that you get after each beer you order. The staff had great knowledge and sometimes cool little stories about each brew my friends and I slurped on.
We met some great people along the way too. About midway into your 2nd bar experience the booze will start to loosen everyone up and allow for more real conversation and less awkward small talk. Little side story about small talk, I always try to test people that I just meet to see if they actually are paying attention to what I’m saying or are just giving the standard nice small talk replies. Ya know, the “Yeah man, oh okay I know where that’s at!” type deals I get when I tell people I’m from Sunnydale, California are hysterical. Or when I stand there at 6’5″ 250 pounds and tell people that my name is Jennifer. You’d be amazed at how many people don’t question it. Okay sorry guys, I’m doing what I always do and getting off track. BEER! Alright, we’re back.
So yeah, by the time were finishing up at our third bar we had made buddies with another group and decide that we didn’t want to waste this little buzz we had going. If you’ve ever been to San Francisco, one thing you can be sure of is you’ll never have problems finding more bars. We grabbed a quick bite to eat and continued our little tour, which admittedly turned into a slop-fest with me waking up pants down in a bathroom stall, which is actually somewhat of a tame result for me. Let’s not lose sight at the moral of this story though, get your butt up and go on some booze tours folks. For the first time in my life I understand what all those posters in elementary school meant when they said “Learning can be fun!” They just need to put an asterisk at the bottom that says “*When beer is involved.”
Until next time my beer buds! Cheers!