Hop On the Barrel Bus for An Evening of Beer, Cider and Spirits

The Barrel Bus will take riders to different locations in Healdsburg, where they will sample beer, cider and spirits.

To kick-off the second Barrel Tasting weekend in Sonoma County (March 10-12), Bear Republic Brewing Co., Sonoma Cider and Alley 6 Distillery have teamed up with North Bay Brewery Tours for an evening dedicated to celebrating barrel-aged craft beverages.

Sonoma Cider in Healdsburg.

On March 9, between 4 and 9pm, a “Barrel Bus” will run through the town of Healdsburg, picking up thirsty riders every 30 minutes at Bear Republic, Sonoma Cider and Alley 6. The bus will make a stop at each Healdsburg location, where tour participants will sample craft beer, cider and spirits and learn about the process of barrel aging before hopping on the bus again – once they’re ready to move on to the next spot.

Distilled spirits at Alley 6. Photo courtesy of Alley 6 Facebook page.
Distilled spirits at Alley 6. (Photo courtesy of Alley 6 Distillery)

The event will conclude at Sonoma Cider at 9pm, with raffle winner announcement (tour participants will collect stamps throughout the day to compete for the raffle prize) and live music by The Timothy O’Neil Band. The raffle winner will receive gift cards, schwag, and libations from all three participating companies. 

The barrel bus pass is $20 and includes a ride to all three facilities throughout the afternoon and evening. To purchase tickets, click here.

A sampler flight of beers at Bear Republic Brewing Co., in Healdsburg, on Thursday, June 20, 2013. (Christopher Chung
A sampler flight of beers at Bear Republic Brewing Co., in Healdsburg. (Christopher Chung)

Bear Republic Brewing Co. Barrel Annex, 345 Healdsburg Avenue, Healdsburg, CA 95548, (707) 433-2337, bearrepublic.com

Sonoma Cider, 44 Mill Street, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 723-7018, sonomacider.com

Alley 6 Craft Distillery, 1401 Grove Street, Unit D, Healdsburg, CA 95448, (707) 484-3593, alley6.com