This adventure tour is designed for enthusiasts of craft beer who want to learn about traditional Mexican distilled and fermented beverages. We’ll take you into the Agave fields to harvest “honey water”, sample pre-Hispanic 'Pulque' from the Zapotec producers, visit craft breweries and family-owned mezcal producers. We’ll teach you about the region’s celebrated cuisine through cooking with beer and mezcal and dining in restaurants ranging from high end to the quaintest of roadside eateries.

But the “Spirit” of Oaxaca is much more than beer and mezcal, as this colonial city is a UNESCO designated artistic paradise! On the tour you’ll experience Day of the Dead ceremonies; spectacular scenic vistas; and famous artist’s studios, with demos of woodcarving, rug-weaving, black pottery and more. Your hosts in Oaxaca will be the Beer Lovers’ Tour Co. ambassador, Oliver Dawson, and former Torontonian, now Oaxaca resident, mezcal & pulque authority, Alvin Starkman.


  • Airport transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation at the Casa de La Tia Tere hotel or equivalent based on double occupancy with private facilities
  • Daily breakfast, 6 lunches, 6 dinners and most alcoholic beverages as per itinerary
  • 1 cooking class
  • Touring coach with driver and your craft beer and Oaxaca experts
  • Tour hosts
  • Taxes and gratuities

Not Included

  • Any airfares
  • Any meals or drinks unless specified
  • Laundry
  • Phone calls
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance and any items not mentioned

 Tour Leaders:

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Oliver Dawson is a multilingual beer & travel aficionado and the creator and host of the Beer Lovers’ Tour Co. He is a pioneer and leader in Beer Tourism. During his 14-year career working for Toronto’s original micro-brewery, The Upper Canada Brewing Co., he developed his expertise in the world of brewing. Read more about Oliver at

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Alvin Starkman is co-owner of Oaxaca Culinary Tours. He has been a mezcal and pulque aficionado since 1991. Alvin has written over 30 articles about Mexico’s distilled and fermented beverages. His treatises have centered on industry sustainability, as well as tastings and pairings with Mexican regional food. Alvin is the author of Mezcal in the Global Spirits Market: Unrivalled Complexity, Innumerable Nuances.

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