Booze cruise

Sail away the summer on the Sacramento Brew Boat

Easy skipper: There’s a three-drink maximum on this brew boat.

Easy skipper: There’s a three-drink maximum on this brew boat.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Brew Boat

Locals know the Sac Brew Bike Company for transporting happily buzzed folks on its giant pedal-powered cycle to local breweries. Now, it’s fun off is the streets and into the water.

Co-owner Matt See says he and his partners were inspired by a similar concept in larger cities, and at the tail end of last summer, they launched a soft opening for the Sac Brew Boat, a 30-foot-long party vessel.

This year, the brew bike is in full swing, bringing the party to the Sacramento River all summer long with 90-minute public and private tours. Public tours fit 14 passengers and private cruises accommodate up to 16. For both, the boat has 10 pedals (located around the main bar), all of which power a central paddle wheel.

See says it’s a great way for people to explore the scenery.

“You get to see what’s going on with the river, like seeing fishermen and the wildlife,” he says.

Feeling lazy? Don’t sweat it—there’s no pressure to pedal because the boat is also revved with a 10-horsepower motor. It’s also equipped with life jackets, and staffed by a captain who handles the boat and an overseer tasked with making sure passengers remain safe.

The boat allows passengers to bring only cider, wine and beer, and the staff enforces a three-drink maximum. To get the party started, people are encouraged to bring their phones to hook up to the boat’s stereo system.

Trips start daily at at 11 a.m. on the waterfront next to Old Sacramento. Public tours are $35 a seat, Monday through Thursday. Private parties are $500. Friday-Sunday, tickets are $39 per seat for a public tour or $550 for a private party. (916) 952-0931;