Meet the Makers Tours
Meet the Makers tours – every Saturday!
Every Saturday at 11:30am, taste your way through western Sonoma County on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the craft brewers, artisans, winemakers, and eateries of The Barlow such as Crooked Goat Brewing, Pax Wines, Spirit Works Distillery, The Nectary, Wm Cofield Cheese and Two Dog Night Ice Cream.
The 3-hour tasting tour, led by Food Crush Tours, will share the rich history and agricultural roots of The Barlow. Explore the inner workings and meet the makers as you share in the bounty of the local artisans and enjoy the brews, spirits, wines, and food that make up this 12.5-acre community gathering spot.
How much food can I expect to eat on the tour?
The tour includes tastings and food from 6 or 7 establishments, enough to cover lunch!
How much walking can I expect on the tour?
We will be walking for a total of 1.5 to 2 hours and though we do walk at a moderate pace to make it to all of our locations on time, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get off your feet. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes.
What do we do in case of bad weather?
The tour goes on, rain or shine. Dress according to the weather, and we’ll provide umbrellas if needed. However we’ll do our best to stay out of the rain as much as possible.
Will there be alcoholic beverages on the tour?
Yes, there will be 2-3 stops with wine, beer, or distilled beverages.
Do I need to purchase tickets in advance?
To maximize your chances of getting the day, time, and number of tickets you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can only be purchased with a credit card from our website or by calling. Cash and/or walk-up traffic the day of the tours are not accepted.
What if I have dietary restrictions or allergies?
If you make us aware at the time that you purchase you ticket (or up to 2 days in advance of the tour) we can provide vegetarian and gluten-free options. If you have other food restrictions such as allergies to nuts, shellfish, or dairy, we may be able to make a substitution on a case-by-case basis and we request that you contact us to discuss.
As a local, does it make sense for me to take this tour?
Definitely! This tour is a great opportunity to learn a little more about your town, and perhaps try some restaurants or dishes that you normally wouldn’t try. Our tours are also a great activity when you have out of town guests.
Do we only walk around and sample food?
Our tours are much more than just walking around and eating. They combine historical facts, local culture and culinary insight into a unique and memorable experience.
Do I need to tip?
Gratuities are greatly appreciated, although not mandatory. The standard gratuity in the service industry is 15%-20%.
Are the tours wheelchair accessible?
Yes, the tour is entirely accessible.
Do you support corporate or private events?
Yes, we can accommodate a variety of special events such as family reunions, birthday parties, corporate events, and more. Please call us at 855-669-6257 to make arrangements.
Is the tour appropriate for my baby, toddler or pet?
We love babies, toddlers, and pets, but this tour is for those interested in food, wine, and local culture and history. We don’t recommend this tour for children under the age of 12. All participants must have a ticket to participate in the tour.
What should I bring with me?
We recommend that you bring a small bottle of water and a camera, and dress appropriately for the weather.
Meeting Place & Parking
The tour will begin from the Elsie Green at the heart of The Barlow:
6770 McKinley St., Sebastopol CA 95465
Free parking is available throughout The Barlow. Parking lots may be accessed off Morris Street, Laguna Park Way, Hwy 12, McKinley Street and Depot Street.