About us - Chicago's ORIGINAL Brewery Tours and Party Bus
"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy" --Benjamin Franklin
Chris and Kevin’s paths crossed at a bar in Wrigleyville where Chris stopped off for a pint while apartment hunting and Kevin was sitting at the bar ignoring responsibility. Their refusal to “grow up” and shared love of quality beer cemented the friendship.
Together they’ve been to the Great --American Beer Festival. After going to the Thursday and Friday sessions, they decided to sell their Saturday tickets, used the money to rent a car and drove to Fort Collins. Starting at New Belgium, they hit up Odell, Left Hand, Avery, Mountain Sun, Twisted Pine, and Red Stone, as they drove back to Denver. Coors, Wynkoop and Breckenridge were also visited during the trip.
The two also made a trip to Milwaukee for a Brewers/Sox inter league game, and managed to make stops at Sprecher, Water Street Brewery and Milwaukee Ale House.
The pinnacle of their beer trips was a 36 hour, 16 Brewery tour into central Michigan. This included stops (in order) at Old Hat, Bilbos, Olde Peninsula, Bells, Arcadia, The Walldorff, Schmoltz, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Hideout, Founders, B.O.B.s House of Brews, Hop Cat, Old Boys, New Holland, Saugatuck, and The Livery.
Kevin, with his college friend Jim, drove from Sacramento to Chicago in a 1967 Chevy C10 that Kevin’s grandfather bought new. The trip plays out like this: one 1967 Chevy, 2 friends, 5 days, 6 states, 15 breweries, 2200 miles.
Kevin has been to breweries from Hawaii to Boston, from the Virgin Islands to Belgium and Germany. He collects glassware from each one, including a Das Boot from Schonbuch Brau, in Feinwurxiger Biergenuss, Germany. Only one place in unaccounted for. A brewery in Dallas that has since closed where Kevin went when he was 18, before he started collecting. The rule is he can only display the glass if he has actually had a beer inside the establishment. He currently has 140+ pieces.