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The guided brewery tours @ $59.99 per person (transportation AND beer) -OR- rent a Party Bus @ $325/4 hours (transportation only for PARTY BUS)
SATURDAY 12:00: These tours are more geared to the "beer enthusiast" because we get full tours of Goose Island and another stop*. The tour will meet inside the Goose Island Brewery at 1800 North Clybourn. Their doors open at 11:00, so get there early and grab lunch. Just check in at the hostess stand. We chose Goose as our starting location because they're a Chicago staple, and they provide FREE PARKING! That's right, baby bird, I said FREE PARKING! This tour will not drop back off at Goose Island! We will drop off at the North Avenue redline EL stop, which is less than 0.3 miles away. You also have the option of staying at the previous stop, or we can drop you off anywhere within the vicinity of Goose Island after the tour ends. We've just had to many people going back inside Goose Island when the tour finished, and causing problems/being to rowdy. Goose Island is a "family friendly" restaurant and will not tolerate drunken-disorderly behavior.
Please drink responsibly and use designated drivers.
Show up 10-15 minutes early, because the Goose Island facility tour starts at 12:00 SHARP!
SATURDAY 4:00: This tour is more geared towards the "beer drinker". This is the perfect way to pre-party for your Saturday evening. As the evening progresses, our stops get more and more crowded, and the facilities can't give us the same amount of attention as our earlier tour. What they will give us is beer. Lots's and lot's of delicious beer. This route meets and drinks at Haymarket Brewery at 737 N. Randolph (corner of Randolph and Halsted), close to Union Station, the Grand Ave Blue line, and an easy cab from downtown. There is also free street parking if you go a little further west of Randolph down the side streets. Also, there is an $8 lot just north of Lake Street on Halsted. It does fill fast. Please give yourself extra time to find parking if you are driving. Just an FYI, this tour goes to two breweries and one premier Chicago craft beer bar called Fischman's. While it is voted one of the top 100 bars in Chicago, and sports an awesome craft beer list (which you will be able to drink from), it is not a brewery. Let us stress that you will still get locally made beer here! Hooting and/or hollering is acceptable!
THE TOURS: We drink at the starting location, then head to two other local brew pubs/craft beer bars where you will receive 4-6 samples. If there's time, feel free to order yourself a pint of your favorite! Or get a to go 64 oz growler, we'll keep it cold for you on the bus! Samples are included with the ticket price. Depending on the route, you will get 4 to 6 samples at each location. Samples will be between 4oz each (totaling about 48 ounces for the day). The 11:45 tour will be dropped back off very near Goose Island. The 4:00 tour will be dropped back off at Haymarket. We allow between 50-90 minutes at each location, allowing for plenty of time to sample, order a pint or an appetizer, and if it's available, we are able to tour the facility. This is at the discretion of the brewery staff based on how busy the brewery is at that time. We describe the experience as a tour of styles and flavors, but we try and include a tour of the brewing process at one location on every trip. We do follow a strict time schedule, as we do multiple tours in a day.
(CHANGE BASED ON AVAILABILITY)
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LAKE EFFECT BREWERY
4727 W Montrose, Chicago, IL 60641
Head brewer and owner Clint fell in love with beer after he drank a dunkel weisse in Bavaria while tagging along with his father on a business trip. Since this defining moment, the search, enjoyment, and ultimately the creation of great beer became a focus in his life. Shortly after making his first few kit batches, Clint launched into advanced home brewing to produce several varieties of classic beer, including Belgian, German, English, and many hybrid beers. His beers attracted a following from local beer enthusiasts who became regulars at his local beer gatherings and special tapping events. After a few years, he found himself in a situation where his home brew operation could grow no larger and he could no longer keep up with local demand. Throughout this beer adventure, a wonderful and patient woman encouraged him to develop his passion and to consider moving the operation to another location. Clint persuaded Lynn, his longtime brewing buddy, to rent a warehouse to expand the operation into a small operating brewery, henceforth named Lake Effect Brewing Company.
737 W. Randolph Street Chicago, IL 60661
BREWER: Pete Crowley
MANAGER: John Neurauter, Janna Mestan
Fresh, house made sausages, pizzas, burgers and rotisserie chicken are the cornerstones of the pub menu that guests will enjoy late into the night.
Specializing in classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles, Pete will be producing an array of brews for every beer palette. Crowley, a highly decorated brewer has won over 50 local, national and international awards for his brewing creations including medals from the World Beer Cup, Great American Beer Festival and Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beer. Varieties will range from refreshing Pilsners to hoppy ales to rich Imperial Stouts aged in whiskey barrels in our own cellar, a brewing technique that has put Crowley on the national beer map for his pioneering work with the specialty.
GOOSE ISLAND BREWERY
1800 North Clybourn Street Chicago, IL 60614
BREWER: Nick Barron
When the first Goose Island Brewpub opened its doors in 1988, domestic, mass-produced beer was deeply ingrained in Midwestern culture. The craft beer industry was still in its infancy, with only a handful of brewpubs in existence in the Midwest. In his travels across Europe, beer-lover John Hall had enjoyed a distinctive local brew in each region he visited. Hall was convinced that Midwesterners could produce beers as good or better than those he’d tasted in his travels. Living on the shore of the largest system of fresh water on the planet Earth, in a city with rapidly evolving tastes – John decided that his hometown, Chicago, would be the ideal place to do just that. Today, Goose Island continues to brew an innovative selection of over 50 craft beers at the brewpub, the best of which are then bottled at our Fulton Street brewery. Goose Island beers are now enjoyed in all 50 states and Europe.
Atlas Brewing Company is Chicago’s newest craft brew pub. Building on the tradition of Chicago’s neighborhood breweries, we brought back the Atlas name. Atlas was a Chicago brewery that began in 1896 and closed after Prohibition. Now, Atlas Brewing Company is a craft brew destination. The brewing brothers, Ben and John Saller, have created a diverse selection of craft beers that are sure to satisfy. Paired with creative craft cuisine -Atlas is a great place to meet friends and enjoy great beer and great food.
A primo craft beer bar (all are available for sale at the attached liquor store), live tunes, weekly food truck gatherings: sprint to this so-unhip-its-charming "slashie" (bar/liquor store) before the beer snob invasion! Voted one of the 100 best bars in Chicago!
THIS IS NOT A BREWERY, BUT DOES CARRY SOME AMAZING BEER FROM BREWERIES NOT ON THE TOUR! Hooting and/or hollering acceptable.
SUBURBAN TOURS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! PICK A DATE AND A DIRECTION AND WE'LL DO THE REST. THESE TRIPS ARE FOR TRANSPORTATION ONLY, RENT THE BUS HOURLY AS A PARTY BUS, BUT ITS SUPER CHEAP! THEY DO NOT INCLUDE BEER, BUT IT IS BYOB ON THE BUS. GRAB A GROUP AND SPLIT THE COST OF THE PARTY BUS!
I-88: EMMETT'S, TWO BROTHERS TAP HOUSE, SOLEMN OATH, LUNAR
ROUTE 66: LUNAR, SOLEMN OATH, BAVARIAN LODGE, BRIXIES, CIGARS AND STRIPES
NORTH: LAKE BLUFF, TIGHTHEAD, MICKEY FINNS
*BREWERIES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. DON'T WORRY, THERES PLENTY OF OTHERS AND WE'LL ALWAYS HIT THREE. SOMETIMES THEY GET RENTED OUT FOR PRIVATE EVENTS AND OUR ROUTE MUST CHANGE. IN ANY CASE, WE GUARANTEE YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! ALSO, TOURS OF THE FACILITIES ARE AT THE DISCRETION OF THE STAFF BASED ON HOW BUSY THE BREWERY IS.