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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

Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A: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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Q:
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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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

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

See all safety measures taken by Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour.

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Made a couple friends on...
Deedee_W
, Sep 2021
Made a couple friends on tour from Chile and Arkansas we grouped up and continued to other breweries after tour together we had a great time learning about breweries. Driver was very informational and nice.
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Barrel of Fun Bus
Janine_W
, Sep 2021
Riding the Barrel Bus was such a fun experience. The bus was so cool inside and the atmosphere allowed all groups to get to know each other and create one big party. All the people, and tour guide Ted, were really fun. The breweries were generous, informative, and all made delicious and unique beer!
star-5
Great beer tour
Stacey_D
, Sep 2021
This was a very fun tour and our guide, Dave, was very knowledgeable. You see the inner workings of a small brewery which is very interesting.
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Highly Recommend
Courtney_P
, Sep 2021
Ted was fantastic! We had such a good time. All three breweries we went to were awesome! It was a great mix of beer to try!
star-5
Great way to spend a few hours
Amy_N
, Sep 2021
This was the best tour we went on in Chicago. The pace was relaxed but efficient, the three breweries were great, our driver was a perfect mix of laid back and fun, and you don't have to know a lot about beer (or really anything) to have a great time.
star-5
Amazing
Katherine_S
, Aug 2021
Ted did an amazing job ! he did a great job and was very knowledgeable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP UO THE GOODNWORK
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you for providing your feedback! Ted is an exceptional guide to have along for your tour. We hope to see you on another tour in the future!
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!
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!
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.
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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