City Brew Tours offers unforgettable all-inclusive tours and beer-focused experiences in some of the best beer cities throughout North America. With over a decade of experience, City Brew Tours has created the ultimate craft beer experience that blends history, beer knowledge, transportation, and great food with unrivaled access to an area’s top breweries and their beer.
Our mission is to be the leading curator of craft beer experiences for visitors, locals, and the community as both an ambassador and an advocate for the brewing industry.
Where we began
City Brew Tours was founded in Burlington, Vermont in 2008 by Chad Brodsky, a college kid who had fallen in love with craft beer while studying in Vienna. Thirsting for more, he returned home and enrolled in the University of Vermont’s “Beer Making 101” class. Fortunately, Chad quickly realized he wasn’t cut out to brew beer. Instead he bought a used church van, put on his lederhosen, and set off to spread the gospel of craft beer.
Burlington Brew Tours became well known for its unique tours led by beer geeks who doubled as designated drivers. By 2012 Chad had perfected his business model. He left his full-time job in finance and opened a second location in Boston. With tours running in two cities, Chad changed the company’s name to “City Brew Tours” and set off to add more locations.
By the end of 2017, Chad was juggling operations in five cities and needed help. Enter Barry Hansen, Jr., a professional brewer and part time City Brew Tours beer guide who was instrumental in launching operations in Washington, DC a couple years prior. Barry grew into the role of COO, became co-owner and used his background in leadership, biotechnology and the brewing industry to streamline logistics and expand the company.
As of at the close of 2022, City Brew Tours operates in 17 cities and continues to expand. The year 2022 saw the launch of three new locations: Salt Lake City, UT; Jersey Shore, NJ; and Austin, TX. With more locations coming soon, don’t miss out on special announcements—sign up for the City Brew Tours newsletter.
Meet the Team
Chad Brodsky: Founder & CEO – Certified Cicerone®
Favorite Beers: Duchess de Bourgogne, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Lost Nation Brewing – Gose, and any delicious Lactose IPA.
Kalimah Mustafa-Widberg: Administrative Specialist
Kalimah is a purebred Bostonian
Favorite Beers: Night Shift – Awake, Fishtown – The Pepper in the Rye, and pretty much everything by Dogfish Head.
Matt LaRosa: Sales & Development Specialist
Favorite Beers: Foam – Experimental Jet Set, Allagash – White, Founders – Breakfast Stout
Allie Popolow: Private Sales Coordinator
Allie is a proud Chicagoan, singer, pianist, classic rock enthusiast, and traveler. She used to think she never liked beers until the monumental day when the tasted her first sour beer, and is now always on the hunt to find the next best sour. With years of experience in the food and beverage industry, she is excited to bring curated craft beer experiences to clients that will create lasting memories and bring their event vision to life.
Favorite Beers: Revolution – Freedom of Speach and everything else sour
Alexa Connelly: HR Specialist
Favorite Beers: Mispillion River – Otter Space APA, Terrapin – Watermelon Gose, and Ecliptic Brewing – Starburst IPA
Emily Bolinger: Customer Success Manager
Emily grew up in Hollywood, FL, and her love of all things travel led her to pursuing a hospitality degree
Favorite beers: Hawaiian Pizza Ships – Bhramari Brewing Co., Starchaser – Highland Brewing Co., Tropical Pineapple Cider – Flat Rock Cider Co.
Brian is a record collector, movie lover, photographer, gamer, avid Baltimore Ravens fan, and a proud husband and father. He is based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Brian fell in love with craft beer in college, hunting down desired brews and making whatever drive necessary to get them. He began curating his travels around popular brewery cities. He went to Burlington, VT on his engagement trip and Portland, OR for his Bachelor Party. You can find him drinking Hazy brews on his deck, surrounded by family and friends, playing corn hole, and listening to good music.
Favorite Beers: Anything by Helltown Brewery and Insurrection Aleworks
Thom Roholt: Chief Operations Officer
Thom’s favorite beer is the one in front of him. He rarely drinks the same beer twice, but if he’s going back to the well it’s usually for a Deschutes Streaking the Quad, a pFriem IPA or a Four Play from Upright Brewing.