February 6, 2018 – The popular Brew Cruz bus in Santa Cruz has a brand new little brother, named Slow Boy. Owner Annie Pautsch says she added the second vehicle to handle public tours because the original bus was in constant demand for private parties. Slow Boy is a vintage 1964 VW bus, restored to perfect condition with hardwood floors and custom seating.
Beginning Saturday, February 17 it will operate every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4pm leaving from the Dream Inn and visiting west side breweries: Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, Humble Sea Brewing Company, Shanty Shack Brewing and Santa Cruz AleWorks. The ticket cost is $45 per person and includes a discount on beer at each stop, the opportunity to meet the brew masters, and a knowledgeable driver who will guide you through the day and safely transport you between breweries.
Slow Boy tours will be guided by Chris Mac—an experienced local driver who is quickly absorbing all the beer lore Pautsch has acquired in the three and a half years since she launched Brew Cruz.
“I can’t wait to bring Slowboy into the Brew Cruz rotation,” said Pautsch. “Because my flagship bus ‘Betty Jane’ was consistently booked with larger private parties, I was having to turn away smaller groups. I’m both humbled and thrilled that the local community has embraced my business these past three years, and that Brew Cruz can now accommodate more people and provide more opportunities for beer tasting and supporting the local brewing community that I love.”
Nicknamed Slowboy by the former bus owner’s 8-year-old son (an endearing reference to the bus’s relaxed nature), the bus was purchased by Pautsch in Campbell after searching for the perfect vehicle to compliment Betty Jane, Brew Cruz’s trademark restored 1989 Thomas International School Bus. Last summer, she restored the VW bus, taking care to keep the same retro chic look and feel of her first bus.
“I wanted to add some Brew Cruz flair while also maintaining the integrity of this classic bus,” she said. “I kept the name and customized license plates because I thought it was important to keep the bus’s original character alive.”
From a business standpoint, Slowboy’s timing is right – as Santa Cruz continues to grow as a premier craft beer destination, the demand is high for unique beer tasting experiences. Once the tourist season begins, Pautsch hopes to add weekday tours on Slow Boy as well.