Experience the Excitement of a Marin County ECL Beer Tasting Tour
It sometimes throws people for a loop when they hear about beer tasting in the heart of the wine country around Marin County and San Rafael. It is one of the “must do” experiences for visitors and residents who are 21 or older. It is such a popular event that we at Executive Charters & Limousine offer it as one of our services! You will quickly feel and see the great level of pride demonstrated in the local breweries that have earned our recommendation. The look and taste of the beer demonstrate the history of brewing over the years. We negotiate scheduled private and public beer tasting tours for our clients all year long.
The brewery experience is a better experience when it’s done by guided tour. Every member of the group can take part in as much beer tasting as they want because the charter bus or limo driver stays alcohol-free. There will no disgruntled friend sipping on juice or soda while everyone else cheerfully samples beer from San Rafael and Marin County, because our drivers cheerfully accept the responsibility of being a designated driver.
The simplest way to plan a tour of the best breweries when you are unfamiliar with the area is to ask our opinion. We’ll include out of the way gems with amazing views. Be prepared to take numerous photos of the spectacular scenery when Executive Charters & Limousine sets up a trip for you and your guests. Expect the driver to point out some of the historic sites and add a few details to their affect on the area. We’ll also recommend local eating establishments we enjoy patronizing ourselves!
Call us at 415-255-7771 or use the contact page form for a firm quote on a tour. The cost is based on the number in your group, the type of transportation you want, the total distance, and how long you want the tour to last.
Professional Charter Bus & Limo Drivers – A Customized Experience
Being chauffeured in a charter bus, sedan, or limousine by one of our professional drivers is a memorable experience. Likewise, sampling the best ales and brews from this California wine country is unforgettable. Your family and friends will talk about their adventure in Marin County & surrounding areas for years.
We build your tour based on the locations you selected in the beginning or the ones selected after talking to any of our staff. The variety is delightful. Be sure to ask if you’re uncertain which businesses are a perfect match for your group. We’ve been planning both beer and wine tours in this area for over ten years, and one of the favorite parts of our job is helping someone put together a personalized itinerary designed to please.
Creating an impeccable tour is only part of the beer tasting process. There’s a technique to sampling any brew in order to get the full experience of flavor. Beer tasting is an individual art. Your skill will continue to develop as you master centuries-old traditions. Following are tips we’ve gathered from breweries in the Marin County area to help maximize the beer tasting experience for everyone in your group. The knowledge you gain about what to look for in each type of beer you select will let you determine the full flavor profile for each brew you sample. You’ll soon be recognized as a genuine beer connoisseur.
Proper Beer Tasting Techniques
View the Beer – Hold a clear glass of beer in front of you before taking a sip. Keep the brew away from direct light, which can wash out its true color. Looking through the glass, focus on clarity and color. Color frequently identifies the flavor. Dark black beer can have a bold flavor while pale yellow delivers a light taste. Hops, barley malt proteins, and types of yeast involved in the brewing affect how the head forms. Identifying how the flavor changes according to the first look prepares you for what you’ll encounter on beer tasting tours you take at another time.
Breathe in the Scent – Aroma has a direct impact on the beer’s taste. When you breathe in the scent before you taste the beer, you’ll have advanced knowledge of what the beer will taste like. You will frequently receive a glass of beer that is less than full. Rotate the glass to give the beer a gentle swirl. Then lift the glass to your nose and breathe in the aroma. Searching for the biscuit-like scents cast off by roasted and toasted malts and floral or spicy scents derived from hops develops your knowledge of the composition of beer. Identifying the underlying tones of each fragrance helps you build a complete flavor profile of the beer you are about to drink.
Determine the Taste – Some of your friends may insist beer should be judged by its taste alone. Once you discover that breathing in the scent before tasting increases your expectation and anticipation of how it is going to taste, you will likely determine that several steps impact the decision. Allow the beer to cover your palate and savor it while identifying flavors. Do the new tastes support your previous perceptions when you relied on the scent? After you swallow, wait a moment to concentrate on the aftertaste. It may be light and refreshing or tart. When you sip the second time, you may find additional ingredients hinted in the flavor profile. That is an accepted trademark of quality brewed ale.
Your Reaction – What type of feeling does the first sip of beer leave on your palate? You might feel a distinct smooth, creamy texture or tingly carbonated sensation. Carry a notepad to write down your observations so you’ll have them handy when discussing your experiences during the tour.
A really cold beer frequently masks some of the flavors that encourage you to drink more or change your opinion of the taste. Let the beer warm up just a bit so the varied sweet, acidic, bitter, and salty flavors can present themselves. You’ll have a better idea of what comprises the brew. Enjoy the opportunity to learn about the beer through tastings. It makes it easier to understand the value of each step in the beer-making process.
Are you ready to experience this unforgettable adventure on one of our beer tasting tours? Call us at 415-255-7771 or send us a message on our website. We can help you plan your brewery tour if you are new to the beer country scene. We can also work with your schedules and desired destinations to make the best brewery tour possible.
My group had a wonderful experience with two long distance airport transfers that Executive Charters & Limousine recently provided. The drivers (Josh and Rebecca) did and great job! They are excellent drivers and very pleasant and professional. The office staff was efficient and helpful to work with. Thank you for a great experience!