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Brew Venture

Guanacaste

2021 Dates
January 11-19 (SOLD OUT)
February 19-27
March 10-18 (SOLD OUT)
March 27-April 4
April 29-May 6 STARR HILL BREW VENTURE!
May 11-19 (SOLD OUT)
June 4-June 12

ITINERARY

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Day 1

  • Airport pickup!
  • Stop at Mi Taberna for beer and snacks/lunch.
  • Check in to Hotel Aranjuez in San José.
  • Relax, unpack.
  • Walk down to Barrio Escalante.
  • Dinner at Agüizotes with craft beer tasting from Os Cerveceria.
  • Back to hotel.

Day 2

  • 10:30am departure for Costa Rica Meadery for tour and chef prepared lunch with mead pairings.
  • Treinta y Cinco Brewery tour and tasting.
  • Back to hotel to relax/get ready for the evening.
  • Dinner at Apotecario.

Day 3

  • 9:00am departure for drive to La Fortuna (approx. 3 hrs).
  • Beer and chifrijo (lunch) at 5inco Amigos Cerveceria.
  • Check in to Peacock Manor.
  • La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Dinner on your own (options and transportation provided).

Day 4

  • 10:00am arrive at WAVE White Water Rafting.
  • Lunch at organic farm (with moonshine tasting).
  • Baldi Thermal Spa.
  • Dinner at Baldi.

Day 5

  • 10:00am departure for Playa Flamingo (approx. 4 hours).
  • Lunch and visit to Numu Brewing.
  • Check in to Margaritaville Resort.
  • Relax – beach, pool, explore.
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 6

  • AM relax at pool or beach.
  • Lunch and beer at Cerveceria Independiente.
  • Optional trip to Volcano Brewing in Tamarindo.

Day 7

  • 9:00am departure for Diamante Eco-Adventure Park for ziplining.
  • Lunch on own.
  • FREE AFTERNOON!
  • Relax.
  • Beer and pizza poolside.

Day 8

  • Minor will drive you to Liberia Airport for your departures.
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WHERE WE STAY

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Destination 1 - San José

We will be flying into San José, known locally as Chepe. This is a big, bustling city. Most people land here and immediately leave for other parts of the country. But we have discovered hidden gems we are really proud to share with you!

Hotel Aranjuez

This is a quaint, rustic hotel in a part of Chepe called Barrio Escalante. Originally it was 5 separate houses built in the 1930s. Now it has been re-imagined as a hotel in the heart of the city. It boasts some wonderful traditional art and you can really enjoy just wandering around the maze-like halls exploring.

Aranjuez is just a short walk from many of the great restaurants and breweries we will visit in Chepe.

Breakfast is included and served daily on the back deck. Make sure you sample all of the fresh exotic juices and fruits! Great coffee is a Costa Rican staple and an omelet station makes sure you get plenty to eat!

Destination 1 - San José

We will be flying into San José, known locally as Chepe. This is a big, bustling city. Most people land here and immediately leave for other parts of the country. But we have discovered hidden gems we are really proud to share with you!

Hotel Aranjuez

This is a quaint, rustic hotel in a part of Chepe called Barrio Escalante. Originally it was 5 separate houses built in the 1930s. Now it has been re-imagined as a hotel in the heart of the city. It boasts some wonderful traditional art and you can really enjoy just wandering around the maze-like halls exploring.

Aranjuez is just a short walk from many of the great restaurants and breweries we will visit in Chepe.

Breakfast is included and served daily on the back deck. Make sure you sample all of the fresh exotic juices and fruits! Great coffee is a Costa Rican staple and an omelet station makes sure you get plenty to eat!

Destination 2 - La Fortuna

La Fortuna is built beneath the mighty Arenal Volcano. It is a small town with a focus on nature and adventure. Pure vida is alive and well here! While we have plenty planned, there is also time for you to explore on your own if you like.

peacock manor

Peacock Manor is a beautiful estate house on several acres. Relax by the pool or enjoy the tropical design that blends inside and outside living. It is only 10 minutes from downtown La Fortuna so while you are in your own private oasis, restaurants, clubs, and shopping are not far away!

Destination 2 - La Fortuna

La Fortuna is built beneath the mighty Arenal Volcano. It is a small town with a focus on nature and adventure. Pure vida is alive and well here! While we have plenty planned, there is also time for you to explore on your own if you like.

peacock manor

Peacock Manor is a beautiful estate house on several acres. Relax by the pool or enjoy the tropical design that blends inside and outside living. It is only 10 minutes from downtown La Fortuna so while you are in your own private oasis, restaurants, clubs, and shopping are not far away!

DESTINATION 3 - PLAYA FLAMINGO

Beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and fantastic craft breweries make Playa Flamingo a great place to finish our Brew-Venture. We have plenty planned but also ample time for you to explore on your own or spend the day relaxing at the beach or by the pool! Whatever you do, don’t miss the spectacular sunsets!

Margaritaville - Playa Flamingo

This fantastic hotel is right on the beach. It boasts a giant pool with a swim up bar. Several restaurants are onsite and there are lots of other great dining options just a short walk down the beach. Relax in your downtime or have the hotel arrange a sailing or snorkeling excursion for you!

Breakfast is included and is served seaside.

DESTINATION 3 - PLAYA FLAMINGO

Beautiful beaches, great restaurants, and fantastic craft breweries make Playa Flamingo a great place to finish our Brew-Venture. We have plenty planned but also ample time for you to explore on your own or spend the day relaxing at the beach or by the pool! Whatever you do, don’t miss the spectacular sunsets!

Margaritaville - Playa Flamingo

This fantastic hotel is right on the beach. It boasts a giant pool with a swim up bar. Several restaurants are onsite and there are lots of other great dining options just a short walk down the beach. Relax in your downtime or have the hotel arrange a sailing or snorkeling excursion for you!

Breakfast is included and is served seaside.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

ACTIVITIES

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ACTIVITIES

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Arca De Las Hierbas / Costa Rica Meadery

One of our first activities is a tour of Arco de las Hierbas. Costa Rica Meadery is located on this sprawling mountainside herb farm. Alejandra is our guide through a world of exotic herbs, plants and trees. We will sample the honey and goat cheese made on site, and of course have some delicious meads. This experience truly is a crown gem in your Costa Rica Brew-Venture!

Arca De Las Hierbas / Costa Rica Meadery

One of our first activities is a tour of Arco de las Hierbas. Costa Rica Meadery is located on this sprawling mountainside herb farm. Alejandra is our guide through a world of exotic herbs, plants and trees. We will sample the honey and goat cheese made on site, and of course have some delicious meads. This experience truly is a crown gem in your Costa Rica Brew-Venture!

Class II And III Rafting On The Balsa River

Costa Rica Brew-Ventures loves the folks at WAVE rafting! You are in for a great day of rafting down the mighty Rio Balsa! The hydro-electric dam releases water at the same time every day ensuring the river will definitely be UP! After your rafting adventure we will visit an organic farm where a traditional lunch will be prepared for us. You can try your hand at juicing sugar cane – then have some of the moonshine they create with it!

Hike To The La Fortuna Waterfall

We will hike down to the crystal blue waters at the bottom of the falls. Spend some time enjoying the scenery and relaxing in the misty roar of these powerful falls. It is a 40 0step hike down, and a 400 hike back up so wear comfy shoes!

Hike To The La Fortuna Waterfall

We will hike down to the crystal blue waters at the bottom of the falls. Spend some time enjoying the scenery and relaxing in the misty roar of these powerful falls. It is a 40 0step hike down, and a 400 hike back up so wear comfy shoes!

Diamante Zip Line

One of several zip lines is the mile long Superman! This is not for the faint of heart, but you will be reassured by the safety and professionalism of the staff that lets you relax and enjoy your time in the air.

Baldi Thermal Springs

Enjoy a day of relaxing in the amazing thermal springs of Baldi Spa! 26 pools of varying temperature (REALLY HOT to really cool), heated by Volcano Arenal, are yours to explore. Find the swim up bars and get a drink and watch the volcano smolder on the horizon. Dinner is included.

Baldi Thermal Springs

Enjoy a day of relaxing in the amazing thermal springs of Baldi Spa! 26 pools of varying temperature (REALLY HOT to really cool), heated by Volcano Arenal, are yours to explore. Find the swim up bars and get a drink and watch the volcano smolder on the horizon. Dinner is included.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

The Craft Beer

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The Craft Beer

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Cerveceria Independiente

TJ and Cathy are living the dream in Playa Potrero. They are true artists crafting amazing beers. Homemade root beers and ice cream, too? An amazing experience. Monkeys, cows, and iguanas are nearby to keep you company.

5inco Amigos

This is a hidden gem off the beaten path in Ciudad Quesada. You'd never find it if you weren't on a Brew-Venture! Five friends making spectacular beers and building an amazing company! Proud to call these guys our amigos!

Costa Rica Meadery

Nestled on a spectacular herb farm, your time at Costa Rica Meadery is a singular experience. They produce honey, goat cheese, and meads that win medals across the globe. Alejandra and Michael are true artisans. You will enjoy a tour with samples of their spectacular wares, then settle in to a delicious lunch that expertly pairs their meads with local cuisine.

Cerveceria Independiente

TJ and Cathy are living the dream in Playa Potrero. They are true artists crafting amazing beers. Homemade root beers and ice cream, too? An amazing experience. Monkeys, cows, and iguanas are nearby to keep you company.

5inco Amigos

This is a hidden gem off the beaten path in Ciudad Quesada. You'd never find it if you weren't on a Brew-Venture! Five friends making spectacular beers and building an amazing company! Proud to call these guys our amigos!

Costa Rica Meadery

Nestled on a spectacular herb farm, your time at Costa Rica Meadery is a singular experience. They produce honey, goat cheese, and meads that win medals across the globe. Alejandra and Michael are true artisans. You will enjoy a tour with samples of their spectacular wares, then settle in to a delicious lunch that expertly pairs their meads with local cuisine.

Treinta y Cinco

The name means ``35``. Count the goat's heads and legs! These are the big boys of Costa Rican craft beer. They have a large stable of regular beers they produce but also venture out on wild beer experiments that thrill and delight beer lovers! On top of all this the hospitality is top notch.

Calle Cimarrona

Everything they do (including the delicious food at their restaurant Apotecario) is sourced directly from their farm. It doesn't get more locally-sourced than this! They produce many styles but are specialists in using wild yeasts to produce tasty sours. Beers of the highest quality.

Costa Rica Beer Factory

This place is the anchor of the Barrio Escalante scene. They are all about beer! Their beers are ingredients in every dish on their extensive and delicious menu. This is a place to relax and have a great time with top notch beer and food.

Treinta y Cinco

The name means ``35``. Count the goat's heads and legs! These are the big boys of Costa Rican craft beer. They have a large stable of regular beers they produce but also venture out on wild beer experiments that thrill and delight beer lovers! On top of all this the hospitality is top notch.

Calle Cimarrona

Everything they do (including the delicious food at their restaurant Apotecario) is sourced directly from their farm. It doesn't get more locally-sourced than this! They produce many styles but are specialists in using wild yeasts to produce tasty sours. Beers of the highest quality.

Costa Rica Beer Factory

This place is the anchor of the Barrio Escalante scene. They are all about beer! Their beers are ingredients in every dish on their extensive and delicious menu. This is a place to relax and have a great time with top notch beer and food.

Angry Goats Brewery

What could be better than delicious craft beer at the beach? Set in Playa Coco, at CocoNutz Sports Bar, this place has the beers and the vibe to help you relax and settle into a tropical mindset. Everything they do is outstanding and you are going to enjoy their twist on what a craft brewery can be!

Volcano Brewing

These guys know what's up. And they should - they have been doing craft beer in Tamarindo since way before it was cool. Watch the surfers at Witch's Rock Surf Camp catch some world class waves with a world class beer in your hand!

Wilk

These guys are passionate about making, drinking, and sharing beer! Housed in the old Polish embassy (Wilk is Polish for wolf), they make small batches of big IPAs, sours, and stouts. Their funky open air pub is a great place to sample some of the best beers in Chepe!

Angry Goats Brewery

What could be better than delicious craft beer at the beach? Set in Playa Coco, at CocoNutz Sports Bar, this place has the beers and the vibe to help you relax and settle into a tropical mindset. Everything they do is outstanding and you are going to enjoy their twist on what a craft brewery can be!

Volcano Brewing

These guys know what's up. And they should - they have been doing craft beer in Tamarindo since way before it was cool. Watch the surfers at Witch's Rock Surf Camp catch some world class waves with a world class beer in your hand!

Wilk

These guys are passionate about making, drinking, and sharing beer! Housed in the old Polish embassy (Wilk is Polish for wolf), they make small batches of big IPAs, sours, and stouts. Their funky open air pub is a great place to sample some of the best beers in Chepe!

where we eat

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where we eat

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COSTA RICA BEER FACTORY

Your Costa Rica Brew-Venture gets off to an amazing start at Costa Rica Beer Factory. We will be hosted by owner, Jaime Zuluaga (that's him holding the selfie stick above). Jaime has been featured in Forbes and Fortune magazines as one of the top 40 under 40 business people and entrepreneurs in Latin America. We will feast on appetizers, a selection from their spectacular gourmet burger menu, and dessert, all paired with their delicious craft beers. Costa Rica Beer Factory is located in Barrio Escalante, just a short walk from out hotel. Barrio Escalante is an upscale neighborhood known for its beer-centric gastronomy. The beer, food, and people watching is all top notch!

Apotecario

Calle Cimarrona is an amazing brewery that also operates Apotecario. Everything is organic and locally sourced from the bread to the beef, from the kombucha to the beer. Apps, Costa Rican tacos (not what you'd expect) and dessert is served paired with craft beer made not far away in their farm brewery.

COSTA RICA MEADERY

After a tour of Arco de las Hierbas (an amazing herb farm where the meadery is located) we will settle in to lunch. Expect offerings like baby coconut ceviche, traditional Tico pork with their hand made goat cheese, local artisanal chocolate with olive oil and hibiscus sea salt, and flan with caramel sauce. Each served with a spectacular mead. We are very proud to offer this exclusive tour - a singular experience not available anywhere else!

COSTA RICA BEER FACTORY

Your Costa Rica Brew-Venture gets off to an amazing start at Costa Rica Beer Factory. We will be hosted by owner, Jaime Zuluaga (that's him holding the selfie stick above). Jaime has been featured in Forbes and Fortune magazines as one of the top 40 under 40 business people and entrepreneurs in Latin America. We will feast on appetizers, a selection from their spectacular gourmet burger menu, and dessert, all paired with their delicious craft beers. Costa Rica Beer Factory is located in Barrio Escalante, just a short walk from out hotel. Barrio Escalante is an upscale neighborhood known for its beer-centric gastronomy. The beer, food, and people watching is all top notch!

Apotecario

Calle Cimarrona is an amazing brewery that also operates Apotecario. Everything is organic and locally sourced from the bread to the beef, from the kombucha to the beer. Apps, Costa Rican tacos (not what you'd expect) and dessert is served paired with craft beer made not far away in their farm brewery.

COSTA RICA MEADERY

After a tour of Arco de las Hierbas (an amazing herb farm where the meadery is located) we will settle in to lunch. Expect offerings like baby coconut ceviche, traditional Tico pork with their hand made goat cheese, local artisanal chocolate with olive oil and hibiscus sea salt, and flan with caramel sauce. Each served with a spectacular mead. We are very proud to offer this exclusive tour - a singular experience not available anywhere else!

LA FORTUNA PUB

What can we say about La Fortuna Pub? It has it all! Good beer, yummy food, live music and great people. Its just FUN! We never miss a chance to stop here! Right in the heart of La Fortuna!!

COCONUTZ

Located in Playas del Coco, this place is just fun! Also - it is home to Angry Goats Brewing. Gourmet pizza and craft brews are on the agenda here. After we eat you can hang out at the bar, walk around town, or stroll the beach.

LA FORTUNA PUB

What can we say about La Fortuna Pub? It has it all! Good beer, yummy food, live music and great people. Its just FUN! We never miss a chance to stop here! Right in the heart of La Fortuna!!

COCONUTZ

Located in Playas del Coco, this place is just fun! Also - it is home to Angry Goats Brewing. Gourmet pizza and craft brews are on the agenda here. After we eat you can hang out at the bar, walk around town, or stroll the beach.

Reserve your place before it’s too late!

About the trip

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Pure Life

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth. The national saying is “PURA VIDA” and can be used are a greeting or a goodbye, or to punctuate any happy moment! You will see and hear this phrase A LOT.

Pura Vida is about slowing down and enjoying the simple pleasures in life; nature, good food and drink, good company…and leaving your cares behind. As we planned and developed Costa Rica Brew-Ventures, Pura Vida has been our guiding principle.

Pure Life

Pura Vida!

Costa Rica is known as one of the happiest places on earth. The national saying is “PURA VIDA” and can be used are a greeting or a goodbye, or to punctuate any happy moment! You will see and hear this phrase A LOT.

Pura Vida is about slowing down and enjoying the simple pleasures in life; nature, good food and drink, good company…and leaving your cares behind. As we planned and developed Costa Rica Brew-Ventures, Pura Vida has been our guiding principle.

The Currency

Costa Rican money is called the “colones” (kuh-LO-nes). It is really beautiful and features their politicians and wildlife. You can use American dollars, but you will get change back in colones and at a very unfavorable exchange rate.

There are ATMs that will accept your debit card and will give you colones or dollars. You will have no problem using your credit or debit card to pay in most places. Make sure to alert your bank that you will be traveling out of the country!

Safety

All over the world, tourists are easy marks for petty crime. Costa Rica is no different. Common sense should be your guide. Don’t flash money or valuables like fancy jewelry or electronics. Travel in pairs. Don’t leave valuables unattended or in plain view. This is the same advice we would offer to anyone traveling in New York, Paris, or any other big city. Being smart and responsible travelers ensures we stay safe and have a great time!

Safety

All over the world, tourists are easy marks for petty crime. Costa Rica is no different. Common sense should be your guide. Don’t flash money or valuables like fancy jewelry or electronics. Travel in pairs. Don’t leave valuables unattended or in plain view. This is the same advice we would offer to anyone traveling in New York, Paris, or any other big city. Being smart and responsible travelers ensures we stay safe and have a great time!

Food

Costa Rican food is (almost) as important as Costa Rican craft beer. Traditional Costa Rican fair is hearty comfort food. Beans and rice are ubiquitous. Plantains, yucca, pico de gallo, eggs, fresh veggies and fruits, and avocados are all popular ingredients.

A favorite meal to go with craft beer is chifrijo (seen on the right). Chi for chicharone which is fried pork, and frio for frijoles which are beans. Its so good!

You will see little restaurants everywhere called sodas. These places sell quick, traditional meals at a low price.

Weather

Costa Rica has a dry season and a green season. It is in the tropics so rain is always a possibility but it is usually a storm that blows through in the late afternoon. A great time to find a brewery and enjoy a beverage!

Because of its unique geography (rain forest, mountains, beaches, cloud forest etc. all in an area the size of West Virginia) it has 12 microclimate zones. Be prepared for temps in the 70s at night and upper 80s during the day.

You will probably be tempted to look at a weather report at some point. Every weather report for almost every day says rain with a chance of thunderstorms. Don’t let that discourage you. As we said, it is the tropics and rain is always a possibility so the weather report always looks worse than it actually is.

Weather

April is in the “dry” season. That being said, we will be in the tropics and we will likely see some rain. I may not pack a full rain jacket in April, but I would have a good quality poncho.

Because of its unique geography (rain forest, mountains, beaches, cloud forest etc. all in an area the size of West Virginia) it has 12 microclimate zones. Be prepared for temps in the 70s at night and upper 80s during the day.

You will probably be tempted to look at a weather report at some point. Every weather report for almost every day says rain with a chance of thunderstorms. Don’t let that discourage you. As we said, it is the tropics and rain is always a possibility so the weather report always looks worse than it actually is.

What to wear

For the most part, dress casual and cool. It is nice to have some active wear that dries quickly. There are plenty of opportunities to get wet – white water rafting, thermal spas, pools, and the Pacific! A bathing suit/trunks is a must!

Dress is a little different in San José. At night we will be in an upscale, more cosmopolitan part of town and you will feel more comfortable with something a little nicer than casual. Ladies imagine you are meeting friends out for drinks at a cool cocktail bar. Guys long pants and a collared shirt are ok.

Bring some comfy walking shoes. Hiking sandals are great! For rafting and zip lining you will need closed toe shoes.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Pharmacies and clinics in Costa Rica are staffed with the equivalent of Nurse Practitioners. They will see you for free and any meds they prescribe are inexpensive. Most hospitals and Emergency Rooms will also see you without charge.

That said, travel health insurance is cheap and a great benefit to have if you find yourself ill or injured overseas. Costa Rica Brew-Ventures encourages everyone to consider purchasing a policy for their trip.

The CDC doesn’t recommend and vaccines or inoculations for where we are going, but discuss your trip with your doctor and take appropriate precautions.

TRAVEL HEALTH INSURANCE

Pharmacies and clinics in Costa Rica are staffed with the equivalent of Nurse Practitioners. They will see you for free and any meds they prescribe are inexpensive. Most hospitals and Emergency Rooms will also see you without charge.

That said, travel health insurance is cheap and a great benefit to have if you find yourself ill or injured overseas. Costa Rica Brew-Ventures encourages everyone to consider purchasing a policy for their trip.

The CDC doesn’t recommend and vaccines or inoculations for where we are going, but discuss your trip with your doctor and take appropriate precautions.

PHONE AND DATA ACCESS

Your wireless carrier probably has an international data plan. Costs are usually about $10/day and you are only charged if you use it.

WiFi is available everywhere we stay. However be prepared that speeds and reliability are not what we are used to.

WhatsApp is a great way for us to communicate while we are in Costa Rica. It is also a great way for you to stay in touch with friends and family back home. You will get a daily WhatsApp message telling you about your day. It is also useful for calling our driver for a ride if you want to go out exploring! Please download the app!

What to pack

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  • Activewear for outside activities (it can get hot!)
  • Something nice to wear out.
  • Bathing suit/trunks.
  • Comfy walking shoes.
  • Flip flops/sandals.
  • A rain jacket or poncho (its the dry season but its still the tropics).
  • a long sleeve shirt or light jacket (it can get chilly at night).
  • Bug spray/wipes.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Personal meds.
  • Sunglasses and hat.
  • Phone charger (they use same current and plugs as US).

What are people saying about their Costa Rica Brew-Venture?

Read our reviews!

  • positive review  My husband and I went on the January 2020 trip and had such an amazing time! As big beer enthusiasts, we were excited to visit local breweries and Jayson makes sure that we got a vip experience! We have never gone on a tour group type trip before but our experience was great! This is definitely not your cookie cutter big tour group. Jayson plans every trip carefully and with a small group makes it flexible to give everyone options and input on their preferred activities!

    It was so easy not to worry about the itinerary or driving because Jayson and Minor have everything taken care of. The food is great with highlights being the lunch at Costa Rica Meadery and Minor's breakfasts! Obviously this trip is for beer drinkers, but there is definitely much more to a Costa Rica Brew-Venture! We went whitewater rafting on the Balsa River, hiked to La Fortuna waterfall, spent a day at the Baldi Hot Springs, enjoyed a sunset boat ride and spent days at the beach and pool! We were lucky to have a great group of us which made the experience even better! Costa Rica is such a beautiful country and we can't wait to go back!

    Melissa Ciaravino Avatar Melissa Ciaravino
    February 22, 2020

  • positive review  I wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday doing something unique and we found a gem in Costa Rica Brew Ventures! We had never been to Costa Rica, and I’m not even a beer drinker but went along for the well-planned ride and it was worth it! The trip makes you feel like a kid again (well, one that can drink to your heart’s content) in that it is all mapped out for you! We didn’t have to worry about a thing and being parents of two young kids, this was bliss. Minor, our Tico driver extraordinaire, was one of the trip’s highlights. He was super fun, chill, funny, warm, a great singer, a safe driver, and an excellent chef to boot! The beers were FANTASTIC (and this is coming from a wine lover). I wanted to take them all home (and even did check some in my bag!). The places are so off the beaten path you feel like you are experiencing authentic Costa Rica. The food is excellent (and we are foodies) and Jayson thinks about every detail and makes sure you are safe and having fun. He even arranged for a kegerator to be at the house for us with local craft beer. My husband had a freak accident surfing and broke his nose and needed stitches. Minor didn’t hesitate to drive us where we needed to go for care, helped translate, and even got him some medicine! Jayson went above and beyond taking care of all the details during what could have been a stressful time in a foreign country. We felt well supported and HIGHLY RECOMMEND this trip, these people, the beauty of Costa Rica, and all the beers. We plan to go back in two years and know we will be in excellent hands on a trip of a lifetime!

    Taylor Cady Avatar Taylor Cady
    February 21, 2020

  • positive review  Let me start by saying that I never review anything on the internet. Having said that, if you are considering a trip to Costa Rica, you should absolutely put CRBV at the top of your list. Jayson and Minor are extremely accommodating and take you to places you either won't be able to find or won't be allowed into on your own. Minor also put up with all of our annoying questions about the local culture and customs.

    There are plenty of great beer stops on the way along with friendly people at each brewery. You can tell these guys and gals are passionate about their breweries. The Costa Rica Meadery was an incredible experience; the mead and lunch were fantastic, but a truly unique tour through the farm really set it apart. I would also say that although the trip is centered around breweries, you don't have to be a beer snob to have a good time. You also get to spend time enjoying the beautiful country with a few planned activities along the way.

    TL;DR version, just book the trip already. You won't regret it.

    Curtis Mathers Avatar Curtis Mathers
    February 21, 2020

  • positive review  I went with my family for a week this past January and the trip was more amazing than we could have imagined. Our driver/local tour guide Minor was awesome and very patient with us tourist. He also is a great cook and cooked us a few local meals. Jason is a great guy and took us to a lot of cool places. We got a lot of personal tours through multiple breweries that would be impossible to find otherwise. Everything was planned very well and the places we saw were beautiful. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking for a nice trip out of the country. You do not have to be a big beer drinker to appreciate this trip, that's just a bonus. It is not like other trip through vacation companies. It is very personal and a great experience.

    Morgan Thrasher Avatar Morgan Thrasher
    February 18, 2020

  • positive review  Really awesome trip. Costa Rica is like other tourist destinations in that if you don't have the inside scoop you just end up doing all the cookie-cutter tourist activities. Why travel a thousand miles for that? Fortunately, Jayson has been going to Costa Rica for almost twenty years and knows where all of the "off the beaten path" gems are (I didn't even know there WAS a craft beer scene in Costa Rica!). Definitely recommended.

    Dan Harris Avatar Dan Harris
    January 31, 2020

  • positive review  My wife and I don’t usually travel through a tour operator, and generally prefer to wander and do our own thing. This trip was the antithesis of commercial tours, however, and I’m so glad we saw Costa Rica this way. The local driver/cook/fixer (Minor) is an amazing person to spend time with, proud to share his country and culture with you, and full of patience for tourists. He is an excellent cook and a safe driver. Jayson has deep knowledge of the craft beer scene in Costa Rica and arranged for tastings in places I never would have found on my own. I really enjoyed meeting the brewers, and found the beers much more drinkable than typical American craft beer. I am not a beer fanatic and don’t think you need to be one to enjoy a trip with Costa Rica Brew-Ventures. Finally, I thought the value for our money was very good. Most of our meals were included, and the food was tasty and plentiful.

    Nick Cady Avatar Nick Cady
    January 26, 2020

  • positive review  Never been to Costa Rica? Visited before and want to go back? YOU HAVE TO GO WITH Costa Rica Brew-Ventures. Our trip was one of the best trips of my life! The love Costa Ricans have for their country is palpable on this trip. The brewers are awe-inspiring! From San Jose to La Fortuna to Playa Flamingo. Nothing disappointed!

    Travel: Ease of pick up is on point and J and MInor (our driver) had a beer waiting for us in the van in San Jose. Minor's van is super comfortable with lots of leg room. His driving is also outstanding...I was always at ease with him behind the wheel. He might also play HIS band-Rumbeke- for you!!

    Accommodations: Our hotel in San Jose was like an artist collective! Great local art to view while sitting outside and enjoying the wild life on the porch. Every location had its perks. Every place was clean and great for optimal relaxation. And the breakfast at every location...SOOOO GOOOOOOOD!

    Food: Wow wow wow. I had no idea what to expect from Costa Rican cuisine. The tour did an amazing job with offering lots of variety for food selection. We had bar food, a private chef prepared lunch, a nice dinner out and so many more delicious and interesting meals. Not a single meal disappointed!

    Tour guide: Jayson IS AMAZING!! I cannot sing his praises enough. For every amazing day planned he has 5 back-up plans in case the day changes. He is truly there for your every need. If you want to venture off on your own, he has several different suggestions for every town we are in. Minor is also there to help you get where you need to go! Jayson is thoughtful in all his choices on every step of the tour. And the relationships he has with the Costa Ricans makes the trip top notch!!

    THE BREWS: I love good beer and Costa Rican beer is truly World Craft beer! I was so so so impressed with every place we visited. Here are some of my highlights--The hospitality and passion at Costa Rica Meadery was out of this world. They are doing so many amazing things and everything was delicious, Michael and Alejandra are legit! 5inco Amigos Cervecería Artesanal was one of my favorite places. These dudes are doing AMAZING things...all out of a shipping container! All I can say is ...their passion for beer <3 <3 <3. Cerveceria Independiente has an amazing vibe and great beer garden to chill and enjoy their fabulous beers. That blueberry sour...out of this world!! Okay, I know this was a long review...but I hope it shows you how utterly amazing this trip is!! Goooooo!! We are heading back next year. It will be a new route for us, but I would do our last trip all over again, and again, and again!! Thank you Jayson and Minor. You both rock!!

    Rachel Benninger Avatar Rachel Benninger
    April 2, 2019

  • positive review  My husband and I went on the January 2019 trip and we absolutely had the best time! It was so incredibly organized but without any rushing as we went to a new adventure everyday as well as visiting great breweries and restaurants in Costa Rica. The van was comfortable and our driver was great.
    Jayson has done a great job with this pub crawl of Costa Rica 😍.

    Mary Tolle Tempest Avatar Mary Tolle Tempest
    March 8, 2019

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