Do I have to be 21 years old?

Yes. This is a drinking tour and almost everywhere we go only admits people of legal drinking age, which is 21 years old in the USA.

What is the difference between the three tours?

  • All tours adhere to our Learn. Drink. Celebrate. slogan. They all offer about the same amount of beer at 3 different locations in four hours.
  • All tours offer a lot of stories and information about beer styles, ingredients, etc., as well as commentary about the neighborhoods we walk through. 

Big Sippin' in SoMa

  • Usually visits 3 breweries (sometimes 2 breweries and 1 bar)
  • Features the best tour of a brewing facility (ThirstyBear Organic Brewery)
  • Conveniently located not too far from Union Square, which is SF's main hotel district and close to lots of public transportation including BART (the subway)
  • Has the least neighborhood commentary
  • Usually runs Saturdays only

Celebrate the Haight

  • Usually visits 3 breweries (sometimes 2 breweries and 1 bar)
  • Features a tour of a brewing facility at one location
  • Located in a beautiful neighborhood featuring SF's quintessential Victorian homes and many parks
  • Includes a flashback to the 1967 hippie Summer of Love and other good stories
  • Stylistically, it's kinda the midpoint between the SoMa and Fisherman's Wharf tours
  • Usually runs Sundays only

Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach

  • Visits 3 bars and thus does not have a brewery tour
  • Includes the most commentary about the neighborhoods and SF history, essentially making it half Beer Tour and half Neighborhood Walking Tour 
  • By taking you through 2 of SF's most beautiful and visited neighborhoods, it serves as an excellent orientation to the city and is highly recommended early in your stay 
  • Usually runs Monday-Friday

Why Book Directly on sfontaptours.com?

When you book directly through our website it allows us to provide the best possible customer service, including:

  • Emailing or calling you directly to communicate our meeting location, last-minute details and tips about your tour. If you book with a 3rd party, we don’t receive your contact information and may not be able to get in contact with you.
  • Easy cancellations; when you book anywhere aside from our website it takes several days to get your money back to you should you need to cancel. Changing the date of your tour and other things are also more difficult.
  • Our employees are here to help! When you book with us on the web or over the phone our team can offer brewery, restaurant, and hotel recommendations, suggest the best way to get to San Francisco from the airport, and answer any questions you have about the tour.
  • The ability to keep our prices fair; when you book outside of our website we pay a 20% commission and therefore have to increase the cost of our tours.

Which breweries/bars do we visit?

Our destinations are always subject to change; the goal is to expose you to the best set of beer drinking experiences available.  Sometimes private events, busy times, and other unforeseen circumstances cause us to alter our original plan, in which case we may also visit tap rooms, gastropubs, and dive bars that have excellent beer selections.  Our possible destinations on each tour are listed below. 

BIG SIPPIN' IN SOMA - 3 OF THE FOLLOWING:

ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

Bartlett Hall Brewery/Restaurant

Local Brewing Co.

Black Hammer Brewing Co.

21st Amendment Brewing Co.

Hopwater Distribution (a bar with 30 CA-only taps)

Celebrate the haight - 3 of the following:

Barrel Head Brewhouse

Black Sands Brewery and Supply

Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery

Toronado Pub

Fisherman's Wharf & North Beach - 3 of the following:

Beer 39 Bar

Kennedy's Irish Pub

Barbary Coast Taproom, AKA Noc Noc on Broadway

Jack's Cannery Bar

Private tours / Corporate

It's your choice!  Help us plan the perfect tour for you.  Consult with our professional staff and we will set you up with the perfect combination of breweries, gastropubs, scenery, education, etc. for your group.  Call us now at 415-938-4677 to learn more! 

where does the tour start?

big sippin' in soma

Thirsty Bear Brewing Co, 661 Howard St, San Francisco, CA*

*This is subject to change due to special events

Celebrate the haight

Barrel Head Brewhouse, 1785 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA*

*This is subject to change due to special events

Alcatraz & Craft beer waLking Tour Combo

Alcatraz Landing, Pier 33, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94133

Fisherman's Wharf & North Beach

Beer 39 Bar, Pier 39, San Francisco, CA 94133*

*This is subject to change due to special events

Where does the tour end?

Big Sippin' In SomA

There are a number of places the tour can end, see the list of breweries above.  Contact us if you want to know about your specific tour.

Celebrate The Haight

Usually Black Sands Brewery, occasionally Toronado Pub

Alcatraz & Walking Craft Beer Tour Combo

Barbary Coast Taproom, AKA Noc Noc on Broadway

Fisherman's Wharf & North Beach

The tour generally ends at Rogue, Noc Noc on Broadway, or Belle Cora in North Beach

 

What should I bring?

  • Your ID: Many places in the USA are very strict about not serving beer to people under 21 years old, including most places we visit.  Please be able to prove you are 21 or over.
  • Shoes or sandals: Make sure they're comfortable enough for you to walk at least 1.5 mi (2.5 km) in. 
  • Jacket: San Francisco is famous for its cold foggy summers.  Bring a jacket or sweatshirt.
  • Water and snacks: You can get both of these at some of our stops, but you can bring them too.
  • Extra cash: If you want to buy a snack or stay around after the tour for some beer or food with the group, some of the places we visit accept cash only.
  • Great Attitude: Come willing to learn and ready to make fast friends.  This is as much a celebration as it is a tour and our goal is for this to be your favorite memory of San Francisco.

What if it rains?

Our tours happen rain or shine!  You won't be out in the elements too long and beer tastes great no matter the weather.  Our tours are a fantastic way to spend a rainy day!

What if i don't want to drink?

We aren't going to force you to!  You still have to be 21 years old, however, due to the rules of many bars we visit. When purchasing the tour you can choose the "non-drinker" price.

Can I bring my Pet?

No. We love all kinds of pets, but this is a people tour, so people only please.  Service dogs are allowed, but please do not abuse this.

Is the Tour handicap accessible?

Yes, please inform us ahead of time so we can best accommodate you.  There may be certain inaccessible areas, such as back in the brewery.  All public areas are accessible without stairs and there are no major hills on our routes.  Please  be comfortable walking/wheeling 1.5 miles (2.5 km) if you book this tour.  

CAN I BOOK THIS AS A PRIVATE TOUR?

Yes!  It is possible to book any of our public tours for yourself or your private group.  We can also create a tour specially designed for your needs. Please Contact Us for more information.  Parties larger than 12 may not be able to fit at certain locations.

What is your cancellation policy?

public tours

You may cancel up to 48 hours before the start of your tour for a full refund.  After this, the money is non-refundable, but can be used as credit for a future tour.

ALCATRAZ COMBO TOURS

Cancellations made more than 5 days in advance are 100% refundable.  Cancellations made less than 5 days in advance are not refundable. You may also change the date of your tour up to 5 days before your tour starts, but not after that.

Private Tours

A 50% non-refundable deposit will be collected at the time of booking.  The other 50% is collected the day of your tour.

What are the terms and conditions of your liability waiver?

See them here

Should I Tip My Guide?

Yes. While the final decision is still yours, tips are a very important gesture of your appreciation in American culture.  Your guide depends on tips for a very significant part of his/her wages.  We train our guides to go above and beyond the call of duty and hope you feel they did, in which case they have earned your generous tip.  If this is not the case, please contact us directly with your feedback and we will do everything we can to provide better service on future tours.  

As pulled from Trip Advisor's US Tipping and Etiquette page:

     "Tour Guides: 15% - 20% + depending on quality (knowledge, friendliness, etc)"

The beer was excellent and we certainly got our money’s worth. Adam had us try several that I normally would have skipped over and I ended up finding a new appreciation for several styles of beer I hand’t tried in awhile
— J.J. J: San Francisco, CA - TripAdvisor