Santa Cruz’s Original Brewery Tour Adds Additional Public Tours in Restored Vintage VW Bus
Annie Wolff Pautsch, founder of Brew Cruz, announced the expansion of her Santa Cruz-based brewery tour with the addition of a second bus. “Slowboy,” a newly restored 1964 VW Bus, will enable even more beer lovers to enjoy the region’s thriving brewery scene through additional public tours on the weekend.
“I can’t wait to bring Slowboy into the Brew Cruz rotation,” said Wolff Pautsch. “Because my flagship bus “Betty Jane” was consistently booked with larger private parties, I was having to turn away smaller groups. I’m both humbled and thrilled that the local community has embraced my business these past three years, and that Brew Cruz can now accommodate more people and provide more opportunities for beer tasting and supporting the local brewing community that I love.”
Nicknamed Slowboy by the former bus owner’s 8-year-old son (an endearing reference to the bus’s relaxed nature), the bus was purchased by Wolff Pautsch in nearby Campbell after searching for the perfect vehicle to compliment Betty Jane, Brew Cruz’s trademark restored 1989 Thomas International School Bus. Last summer, Wolff Pautsch restored the VW bus with hardwood floors, custom seating and interior and a brand-new paint job, taking care to keep the same retro chic look and feel of her first bus. “I wanted to add some Brew Cruz flair while also maintaining the integrity of this classic bus,” said Wolff Pautsch. “I kept the name and customized license plates because I thought it was important to keep the bus’s original character alive.”
Featuring Brew Cruz’s signature hunter green hue on its exterior, Slowboy will fit right into the laid-back aesthetic and vibe of Santa Cruz, just south of Highway 1’s “Slow Coast” stretch. From a business standpoint, Slowboy’s timing is right – as Santa Cruz continues to grow as a premier craft beer destination, the demand is high for unique beer tasting experiences.
Ticket cost: $45 per person
Accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 7 passengers
Tours available every Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4 PM (weekday tours to be added soon); Pick-up and drop-off at the Dream Inn (meet outside hotel lobby)
Participating breweries: (Public Tour kick off with the West Side Route): Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Humble Sea Brewing Company, Shanty Shack Brewing, and Santa Cruz AleWorks (more to be added soon)
Passengers receive a Brew Cruz coaster that offers a discount on beer at each stop, the opportunity to meet the brew masters, and a knowledgeable driver who will guide you through the day and safely transport you between breweries
Complimentary water and Bluetooth stereo onboard
Validated parking at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz and post-tour Happy Hour prices at the Jack O’Neill Lounge
Whether local or just visiting, Slowboy is perfect for individuals, couples, and small groups
Spots on these public tours can be booked directly at scbrewcruz.com
Additional tour info provided at the Dream Inn Santa Cruz
About Brew Cruz:
Founded in summer 2014 by Annie Wolff Pautsch, Brew Cruz is Santa Cruz’s original brewery tour. Transporting guests in a custom, beautifully-restored vintage bus (Betty Jane, a 1989 Thomas International School Bus or Slowboy, a 1964 VW Bus), Brew Cruz offers four hour public and private tours to popular local breweries and pour houses. Brew Cruz partners with 13 breweries and 6 taprooms, including: Humble Sea, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Beer Thirty, Shanty Shack, Corralitos Brewing, Lupulo, East Cliff Brewing, Discretion Brewing, and more. An entertaining and educational experience offering insight into the local brewing community, Brew Cruz is a celebration of Santa Cruz and the people and businesses that make it a special destination.