Immersion into Costa Rica's legendary beer culture
San Jose's awesome group of local pubs at Barrio Escalante
Samples of locally brewed craft beers at microbreweries
Charming pubs & typical watering holes loved by locals
Indulging in perfectly paired Costa Rican tapas dishes
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of Artesanos Market and Barrio Escalante area
10 small beer samples
Costa Rican tapas samples
Live tour commentary provided in English
Additional food and beverages not listed as Inclusions
What you can expect
As locals have traveled and experienced craft beer abroad, Costa Rica has seen an increase in the popularity of craft beer and microbreweries. With new flavors, new beers, and a new beer culture to boot, now is the time to experience the beer revolution in Costa Rica.
Most of the microbreweries and craft beer-obsessed pubs are based in San Jose, which is pretty fortunate. Before you get into the beer, you make a quick stop at the Artesanos Market, which is hands-down the best place in town to grab authentic local souvenirs. After a quick market shop, your San Jose beer tour kicks into full gear as you head to the eastern part of the city, Barrio Escalante.
You pay a visit to a local spot that brews their own beer, so you get a full intro to craft beer, a brief history of the craft beer movement in Costa Rica, and of course, you get to sample some of their fine brews. You get to try 3 small samples of their different beers, which is definitely a solid way to start any tour.
From there your beer tour continues through a popular neighborhood, popping into some of the area's most popular pubs, rubbing elbows with locals and learning why these spots are so beloved. At each pub you get to sample either their own in-house beer or a local craft beer, and there will also be some Costa Rican tapas to indulge in.
Your beer tour finishes up in the most popular pub in San Jose, which is a great location to continue on into the evening. Your local guide is more than happy to provide you with further recommendations and tips on where to keep sampling San Jose's best craft beers and where to grab a local bite to eat.