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San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

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San José, Costa Rica

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icon4 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

Tap into Costa Rica’s emerging craft beer movement with this 4-hour beer tour in San Jose. Accompanied by a local guide, you’ll explore the Barrio Escalante, the heart of San Jose’s pub culture and home to many brewpubs. Taste 10 different varieties of beer, accompanied by traditional tapas — the Costa Rican version of bar snacks. You’ll also have a chance to pick up a few souvenirs at the Artesanos Market. A small group size helps create a more personalized tour experience.
  • San Jose pub crawl
  • Sample 10 of San Jose’s best local craft beers in the microbreweries where they’re made
  • Indulge in perfectly paired Costa Rican tapas
  • Experience local pub culture and discover which spots are most beloved by the locals
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Local English-speaking guide
10 small beer samples
Costa Rican tapas pairings
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

National Theater of Costa Rica, Avenida 2, calle1, Catedral, San José, Costa Rica

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
While it might not have the brewing fame of Germany or Belgium, Costa Rica is home to a lively, emerging craft beer scene. Your knowledgeable local guide will introduce you to the best breweries and pubs in San Jose. Meet up at the National Theater, and then head to the Artesanos Market for a quick shopping stop where you can score unique souvenirs if you like.

Head to Barrio Escalante in the east part of the city, where the majority of San Jose’s brewpubs are clustered. Learn about the history of craft beer in Costa Rica at your first stop, a local microbrewery where you’ll taste a sampling of three different beers brewed on-site.

Next, dive deeper into San Jose’s pub culture with visits to several of the neighborhood’s most-loved bars and microbreweries. Sip on house specialties and local craft beers at each watering hole, accompanied by traditional tapas to ignite your thirst.

Your tour wraps up at Stiefel Pub, a lively bar popular with locals. If you want to keep the evening going, your guide will recommend other nearby spots where you can savor the best beer San Jose has to offer.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Teatro Nacional Costa Rica
Meet your friendly guide at the National Theater and make a brief stop at Artesanos Market — the best place to find authentic local souvenirs — en route to Barrio Escalanate. Most of the city’s beer-obsessed venues are based in this neighborhood, located in the eastern part of San Jose. Your pub tour kicks into full gear at a local brewery that crafts its own beer. Get a full introduction with a brief history of the craft beer movement in Costa Rica, followed by a beer tasting. You’ll savor some of the finest brews among three small samples featuring different styles, from stouts to IPAs.
Pass By:  
Central Market (Mercado Central)
Continue walking through the neighborhood and pop into some of the area’s most popular watering holes, where you’ll rub elbows with the locals and discover why these spots are so beloved. At each pub or microbrewery you’ll either sample the in-house beer or a local craft beer, paired with some Costa Rican tapas to indulge your appetite. Finish your beer-tasting tour of San Jose at Stiefel Pub, a great location to continue your evening. Your guide will provide further recommendations of places to grab a bite to eat or keep sampling the best craft beers around.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • If you’d like to purchase things like souvenirs or a bottle of water, please bring some cash with you. Children are welcome in bars, so it’s not an issue to bring them along (age six and over)
  • For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures - Latin America

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during San Jose Beer Tasting Tour?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Beer Tasting Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during San Jose Beer Tasting Tour?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Beer Tasting Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during San Jose Beer Tasting Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by San Jose Beer Tasting Tour.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during San Jose Beer Tasting Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by San Jose Beer Tasting Tour.

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San Jose Beer Tasting Tour
rjohnson65
, Jan 2020
So much fun! Our tour guide was Angel, who had also led a tour we did earlier the same day. We first visited a micro-brewery where we enjoyed a beer and slice of pizza. This was followed by a tour of the brewery, with a few additional samplings. Then on to a pub for more samples, and then to the last stop for more beer samples and snacks. Samples were 4 ounce size, but we were given 4 different samples at each pub, so we had plenty of beer! It was great to try so many different beers, and all four of us in the group had different preferences. Angel was excellent as a guide: very knowledgeable and and informative. He obviously enjoyed leading the tour as much as we enjoyed taking it.
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Awesome beer tour with a local in San Jose
Jennifer J
, Nov 2019
My husband and I had a great time on this tour - we visited 3 great local spots and our guide was super fun and very knowledgeable about both the area and the beers. Great way to see the city, have some good food and taste great local craft beers!
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Fun tour
drm110957
, Aug 2019
Want to walk, have some micro brews, and relax in some local bars. This is your tour. Good break from rafting and zip lines. Great guide too.
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Vineetio was amazing. He was by far...
Jodi B
, Nov 2017
Vineetio was amazing. He was by far the best tour guide of our trip and so knowledgeable! We had some great craft beers and learned so much. We went to 4 different local places and had some great food as well. These were not what I would call samples more like half glasses. Really great tour and loads of fun where you get to meet new people and discover new places.
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This tour was fantastic!! Guide...
Clint K
, Jul 2017
This tour was fantastic!! Guide Steven was very friendly and knowledgeable. Great beer selections at each stop with a small bites included at 2. Several stops had a huge selection to choose from. - Suggest booking agency add a way to text the guide that we were running late to meeting place.
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It wound up just being me and my two...
Shaylee P
, Apr 2017
It wound up just being me and my two guides on this tour and they were the BEST!!!!!! I had so much fun, they had lots of Costa Rican knowledge and got a fun walking tour in between pubs. The best part was the alcoholic ice cream shop they took me to. Yes... booze and ice cream together. Yay!
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Excellent beer tasting tour with lots...
Benjamin I
, Jan 2017
Excellent beer tasting tour with lots of great history along the way.
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Not only was this a beer tour but a...
Timothy M
, Jul 2016
Not only was this a beer tour but a San Jose history lesson! Our tour guide Jorgen was fantastic. Jorgen has a great knowledge of not only craft beer but of Costa Rican history as well.
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Excellent tour. Great way to see the...
Bryant B
, Mar 2016
Excellent tour. Great way to see the city and the various breweries that are keeping the craft beer scene alive and growing in Costa Rica. Tour guides were very friendly and knowledgeable about the different historical sights we passed on the way to each pub. We even stopped at a local coffee shop to try different types of Costa Rican coffee. Plenty of beer to try and the food was great as well. Definitely a must do tour for avid beer drinkers or those just looking to learn more about beer.
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Beers were large tasting portions...
Rowena K
, Feb 2016
Beers were large tasting portions. It was just 2 of us and we learned a lot about San Jose neighborhoods and local bars. A lot of walking for us seniors but had a great time. Tip : you can use Uber in San Jose!
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