Breweries Offer Shuttle Services for Safety and Convenience

News by | Jul 2016 | Issue #114

Visiting breweries outside of city centers can be tricky—it’s not safe to drive home after any prolonged drinking session, and finding alternate transportation can be difficult. With these issues in mind, several breweries now offer shuttle services to and from their taprooms with stops in central, visitor-friendly locations.

Take, for example, the Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard, N.C. Roughly 30 miles outside of Asheville, it’s a long trek for carless tourists taking in the city’s beer scene. But with an advance reservation, fans can ride a bright-red trolley from a downtown Asheville hotel (or Mills River Brewery in Arden) to the brewery and back for free.

At Cisco Brewers in Nantucket, Mass., the seasonal shuttle service that’s been running since 2013 offers more than just convenience. “We started our shuttle to provide community transportation, save space on parking, help the environment, keep Nantucket traffic to a minimum, prevent drinking and driving, and have a blast,” says operations manager Tracy Wilde Long. “Patrons have showed overwhelming support, thanking us every season and packing the shuttle.”

Other shuttle services include Two Roads Brewing Co.’s “12-Pack” beer bus, which offers free transportation from the Stratford, Conn., Metro North Station Friday through Sunday, and Green Flash Brewing Co.’s shuttle between the Sorrento Valley train station, its San Diego tasting room and Cellar 3, its innovation center in Poway, Calif. “The reason behind the service is to gain more exposure for our Cellar 3 location,” says director of beer education and retail Dave Adams. “It is a unique and interesting way for us to be able to take our customers to Cellar 3 from Green Flash and introduce them to our barrel-aging program.”