Hop on: Banjo Billy's Beer Tours

June 2012

Eight years ago, John Georgis bought a dilapidated school bus to give tours of Boulder. He took the top off, refurbished the bus with wood planks, and started giving tours as Banjo Billy's Bus Tours. (He earned the nickname when a friend teased him that he looked like a hillbilly in the bus. Georgis embraced the idea.)

Recently, Banjo Billy piloted a successful brewery tour in Boulder, so Georgis drove the idea to Denver. He describes his bus as “a shack on wheels,” fashioned with saddles, couches, recliners, disco balls, a sound system, and a rubber chicken. In its third week, his Brewery tour offers a wacky glimpse of Denver, as seen through the pint glass.

When: Thursdays at 5:15 p.m.

The Tour: Meet at Wynkoop Brewing Company for a guided tour of the facilities. Then, at 6 p.m. get on the bus for trips to Denver Beer Company, Breckenridge Brewery, and Strange Brewing Company. “By this time it’s normally a dance party on the bus,” Georgis explains. It’s back to Wynkoop by 9 p.m.