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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour
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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Learn about Chicago’s brewpub scene and taste different types of craft beer on this guided brewery tour. Visit unique breweries for craft beer samples plus an additional brewing production facility for an in-depth tour. Discover the science behind the brewing process, complete with step-by-step procedures, and enjoy plenty of beer samples throughout the tour. Round-trip transportation in a Prohibition-era-styled barrel bus is included.
  • Visit Chicago-area breweries on a guided tour
  • Enjoy a plethora of beer samples throughout the tour
  • Get an in-depth tour of a brewing production facility
  • Transportation by Prohibition-era-styled barrel bus included
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45-55 ounces of craft beer
Professional guide
Live commentary on board
Transport by climate-controlled barrel bus
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy-style vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800s. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide provides an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries and the effect that Prohibition had on the city.  

Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. Receive samples of craft beer at each of the breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy craft beer samples of different flavors along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step by step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process.

Please bring your government-issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
The Barrel Run
We pick-up across the street from the Rainforest Cafe. Come up to The Barrel Bus and our Guide will get you checked-in.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers
  • OPERATED BY The Barrel Run

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
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The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
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The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers.

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star-5
Great Craft Beer!
Dominic_C
, Jul 2021
Awesome tour! Our guide took us to breweries we would never have gone to on our own! The barrel bus was awesome and our guide was knowledgeable. I would totally recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
It was a pleasure having you join us for our Brewery Tour! We love taking guests to great establishments - both known and unknown. We are glad that you enjoyed the Barrel Bus and our Guide (Ted)! Thank you!
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star-5
Throw yourself in and have some fun!
Kim_P
, Jul 2021
A lot of fun - great variety in the brewery choices! Driver was great. Always felt comfortable in this crazy COVID world.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you so much for visiting us and enjoying our Brewery Tour! We are glad to make the experience fun and comfortable for your group. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
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star-5
Great trip
Cynthia_T
, Jul 2021
Great time and great group folks and driver! Super fun! My hubby and I found couple great new beers we enjoyed.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for taking our Barrel Bus Craft Beer Tour - it was a pleasure having you onboard, and we look forward to seeing you on another event.
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star-5
Lots of fun!!!
Darcy_H
, Jul 2021
We are from the Pacific Northwest where we love our craft beers… and this was a very tasty experience! The barrel bus ride and prohibition music was really fun. I would recommend this tour for beer lovers!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for joining us from the Pacific Northwest! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the delicious beers of Chicago and the Barrel Bus experience as a whole. We hope to see you again for another tour in the future!
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star-3
Not worth the money
Ramona_D
, Jul 2021
I really expected to get a little more education on the facilities, process of brewing and what we were drinking. Lake Effect Brewing did a great job doing that but Goose Island was a waste of time. Goose Island gave a us a pint of beer but no explanation of anything. If I wanted to just go to a bar I could have done that on my own.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you for experiencing our Barrel Bus Brewery Tour. We advertise our experience to include 1 production facility tour with tastings, and 2 breweries where you can relax and enjoy the craft beer. The Lake Effect tour is extensive and full of great barrel aged beers. If you would like more production facility tours, we absolutely can develop a custom private event for your group.
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star-5
A Barrel of Fun
Laurie_C
, Jul 2021
Very friendly driver. Enjoyed the beers at all the breweries. The only thing is I wish you could have bought food at the stops
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thanks for joining us for our Craft Brewery Tour! We are glad that you enjoyed the beers at each location. We do visit a lot of different breweries but not all have food options. Please visit us for another tour in the future!
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star-4
Could be a fun time!
Carla_L
, Jun 2021
Positives-the barrel bus is an extremely creative and fun idea. (our driver designed it himself) Get to see Chicago and visit 3 breweries you may have not known about. Negatives- only one of the breweries had more than one sample with an explanation of how they make their beers. Two of the three breweries - you just picked your beer and stood around to drink it. No interaction or learning experience in the last two breweries. There are no seatbelts on the bus. We were stuck with about 8 people who just were way too loud with their yelling and heckling and piercing laughing. Hate that people can ruin your experience with how they act.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Hi Carla, thank you for joining us on our Brewery Tour and we appreciate your feedback. It was a pleasure having you experience our Barrel Bus. We did have reservations to sit down at each location and enjoy samples - however since we experienced Tornado Warnings during the afternoon, each location's available space became limited. Additionally the perimeter seating system that this Barrel Bus has is required to not have seat belts by federal law. We hope to see you again for another event in the future. Thank you!
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star-5
Unique and fun way to experience craft beer culture!
Bre
, Jun 2021
My husband and I had a blast on the barrel bus tour this past weekend. Many of the stops were off the beaten path and we enjoyed getting to experience great craft beer from places we would not have otherwise found. The bus is comfy and just an overall fun experience!
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star-1
The bus broke down. :(
vpatel918
, Jul 2019
A very bad experience. They said that they would give us a refund but I never received it. This was a rip off..
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
We are very sorry that the bus had a mechanical issue during your tour. As promised, we did process your refund immediately. It can take 3 business days to fully process, so you should receive this today. We would love to have you join another tour in the future. Thank you.
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star-5
Excellent Tour
fishmanwho
, Aug 2018
This tour was fantastic. Dave and Ben were knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys craft beer
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