City Brew Tours has curated the ultimate craft beer experience and franchise opportunity! With tour operations in 12 cities and more in planning, relationships with 150+ breweries, and over a decade of experience, turn your passion for craft beer into a business with an established, award-winning brand!
From local licensing and building brewery relationships to marketing, operations, and finding the right staff, we understand the challenges of running and scaling a craft brewery tour business. For 14 years we have paved the way to become the gold standard in the beverage and food tour industry. Explore why franchising might be right for you with each of the buttons below
Initinal Investment Costs:
For less than $90K, City Brew Tours has one of the lowest start-up costs versus other franchises. View the chart below for your initial investment costs.
*Information related to this chart can be found in item 7 of our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)
A minimum net worth of $100,000 with at least $25,000 in liquid assets.
When you’re ready to launch your franchise, we’ll assist you every step of the way. Our 7-part process is simple and efficient — so you can get down to brew touring as soon as possible!
- Request franchise information.
- Introductory call and brand presentation.
- Review FDD.
- A follow-up call to review and answer any questions about the FDD or City Brew Tours.
- Experience a City Brew Tours first hand – In our opinion the best part of the process!
- Complete Franchise Application and background check forms.
- Meet in Boston to sign the Franchise Agreement and start your initial training program.
- We will help you navigate the necessary state and federal licensing in order to operate a business that transports passengers.
- Assist with outreach, initial meetings, negotiation, objections, and onboarding of your local brewery affiliates.
- Provide guidance on transportation options, insurance, and bookkeeping.
- Plug you into CBT’s infrastructure (turn-key responsive website, phone number and VOIP Phone system, booking platform, support desk, Slack, and much more).
- US Trademark protected and established brand name.
- Comprehensive 150+ page operation manual with sample forms, policies, agreements, excel templates.
- 80+ hours of on-site and off-site training plus monthly check-in meetings and dedicated franchisee Slack channel.
- Assist with SEO, print, digital marketing, public relations, and marketing plan.
- 360 support from experts in sales, marketing, operations, accounting, brewery relations, insurance, HR and more.
- We also offer many a la carte services like graphic design, customer service coverage, private tour sales, guide hiring, etc.
Your team is one of the most important factors when it comes to business success. City Brew Tours has cultivated a team of folks to have your corner in your business journey.
Chad Brodsky – President/Founder Chad has been running and operating a brewery tour businesses since he was legally allowed to drink. Chad founded Burlington Brew Tours (now known as City Brew Tours), which he launched in the Summer of 2008 to multinational operations that offer tours in 12 cities and more in planning. Chad has always been an entrepreneur. As a child, he started businesses that ranged from convincing his peers to buy other people’s business cards to shoveling his neighbors’ driveways. After graduating, Chad took a job as the Lead Financial Analyst at a local bank but realized his entrepreneurial spirit was stifled. In 2012, Chad decided to leave his finance job and move to Boston to focus on growing City Brew Tours full time. Chad is also a Certified Cicerone®
Favorite Beers: Duchess de Bourgogne, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Lost Nation Brewing – Gose, and any delicious Lactose IPA.
Barry Hansen – Chief Operating Officer Barry oversees all tour operations and the franchise training program. Prior to Barry joining City Brew Tours, he was a biomedical engineer when he decided to travel all the way to Australia for grad school. Coupling a Master’s in biotechnology and a Master’s in leadership, his true passion boomed upon return to the US driving him to start brewing professionally in New York followed by Washington, DC. Barry is one of the founding board members of the Craft Beverage Tour Operators Association.
Favorite Beers: Firestone Walker – Wookey Jack, Port City Brewing – Ways and Means, Jack’s Abby – Hoponius Union, and pretty much anything made by RAR.
Isaac Bell – Business Development Manager Isaac manages new city development and franchise onboarding and training. Whether you need help opening your city or sharpening your beer knowledge, Isaac is your man. Isaac comes from the Non-Profit world. Prior to joining City Brew Tours, Isaac was the Director of Operations for Carpenter’s Shelter located in Alexandria, Virginia. Isaac started running tours as a part-time guide back in 2016 and knows everything there is to know about getting a new city off the ground. Isaac is avid homebrewer, coral enthusiast, and aspiring pitmaster.
Favorite Beers: Hellbender – Double Chazzwazzer, Green Man Brewery – Trickster IPA, Oliver Brewing Company – Burn the Candle & Creator/Destroyer.
Todd Summers – Franchise Sales Manager Todd manages franchise sales and private tour sales. Before becoming a Sales Manager at City Brew Tours, Todd was a Sales Coordinator who has single-handedly planned and organized 1000s of private brewery tours for groups from 3-300 guests. Todd’s favorite joke about his current job is that after getting his Master’s in clinical psychology he found a different cure for what ales you. A native Chicagoan, Todd calls Vermont home where he can be found skiing, golfing, and waiting in line to buy beer with his fiancée and dogs Olive and Earl.
Favorite Beers: Fiddlehead – IPA, Foley Brothers – Pieces of Eight, Foam Brewers – Retrovertigo
Access the resources, guidance, and support of City Brew Tours®
As a City Brew Tours® franchisee, you’ll have access to the operational support, best practices, marketing strategies, industry-leading processes, tools, and custom solutions. We will help you launch your business, highlight your local area as a craft beer destination and help you develop revenue by teaching people about the wonderful world of craft beer!
Choose an established Award-Winning Brand
Recognized as one of Inc Magazine’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies three years in a row. Our tours have been named a must-do activity by numerous news outlets and publications throughout the world. With thousands of 5-star reviews, we are the recipient of Trip Advisors’ Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame Award seven years and running.
*City Brew Tours is an SBA approved franchisor.
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