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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 12 Reviews

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  • Location:San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

Tap into Costa Rica’s emerging craft beer movement with this 3-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.

Highlights

  • 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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What You Can Expect

San Jose Beer Tasting Tour

Enjoy local beer tastings in San Jose!

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.

Customer Reviews

Rochelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very informative tour. The beers were awesome. I recommend this tour to anyone who enjoys craft beer. I was the only one on the tour and that made it even better, no having to worry about others. It really felt like I was hanging out with someone I knew for some great craft brews. When I go back to CR, I will do this tour again. Great job Manuel! Also great job Urban Adventures! I really enjoyed it. Pura Vida!

Jennifer K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was fantastic. He was friendly and informative. Both my partner and I had a great time. I would recommend this tour to anyone coming to San Jose.

Yuri B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Manuel was awesome. He had a lot of great insights and information to share about San Jose, as well as a unique perspective on craft beer he brews his own. The beer we tasted and locations we visited were all fun, great and unique. Manuel was not only kind enough to help two of our tourmates hail a cab to make sure they were safely on their way back to their hotel, but also hung out with us for a beer and then walked us back to our car. Overall the tour was great and I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Jim T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Amazing tour !! Not to be missed.

Robert B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I missed this one because I was unsure of the time difference. Default 5 Stars.

Enrique G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I had an awesome time. Our tour guide Manuel Madrigal was very informative and knew exactly what he was talking. About. Very knowledgable on the subject and history. I would highly recommend this tour of you like beer along with some sight seeing of the city.

Bianca B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Late very late arrival but over all the staff made it happen and it became a amazing tour

CB

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Excellent. This was not just a beer tasting but also a very informative walking tour of the city on the way to the micro brewery. I would recommend this tour as an introduction to downtown San Jose as well as a tasting of many of the Costa Rican brewed beers.

KIERAN M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

If you want to see another side to san jose and you love beer this is the tour for you . A well run easy laid back tour filled with info and sights and glasses of micro brewed beers . Its another way of seeing a city and tapping into the local culture which many wouldn't know is there in san jose. I highly recommend this tour for a relaxing afternoon where you get to meet the locals in a relaxed setting in various local bars.

Ashley K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

We had the pleasure of enjoying this tour with our guide Eric. It was very fascinating and entertaining! If you are interested in an educational pub walk around the city, this is your tour. The people you meet and the beer you taste is one of a kind. Thanks again Eric!

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