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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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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
600 N Clark St , 600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA

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

This activity will end right where it started.
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 travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers
  • OPERATED BY The Barrel Run
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled 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 travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour.
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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?
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.

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star-5
You won’t regret going
Bob_S
, Dec. 2021
Had an awesome time Ted was fantastic and the sing along at the end was perfect ending to a fun time.
star-5
A lot of fun
Jerry_E
, Nov. 2021
The whole experience was a lot of fun. Ted was an excellent tour guide and we met some cool people on the bus.
star-5
Awesome experience I never thought it would be fun
Kamil_S
, Nov. 2021
I love the barrel bus very unique and the brewery were really nice we had a great time drinking I recommend this tour anyone who live in Chicago or who are traveling to Chicago very fun
star-5
Unique and cool experience
Stephanie_E
, Nov. 2021
Fun way to travel through Chicago and neat places to visit I would not have known about. As people walked by they commented on the cool bus.
star-5
We would of liked to see...
Jacqueline_H
, Oct. 2021
We would of liked to see more of the operation! Goose Island and On Tour, would be nice for someone to talk about the operation or at least how it was founded!
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
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.
star-5
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.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
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.

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