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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour provided by The Barrel Run

Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour
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About
Chicago has a thriving craft beer scene with new bars and brew-pubs springing up all around the city. This tour provides the ideal introduction as you visit up to three different breweries and travel on-board a traditional 20th-century-style Barrel Bus. Hop off along the way to enjoy guided brewery tours, learn all about the brewing process, and sample a variety of craft beers.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Guided tours and tastings at up to three craft breweries
  • Taste a selection of different craft beer types and flavors
  • See the brewing process and learn how beer is made
  • Travel around Chicago on a traditional Barrel Bus
What to expect
  • 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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Guided tours and tastings at up to three craft breweries
  • Taste a selection of different craft beer types and flavors
  • See the brewing process and learn how beer is made
  • Travel around Chicago on a traditional Barrel Bus
What to expect
  • 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 30616P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • 45-55 ounces of craft beer
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by climate-controlled barrel bus
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers
Inclusions
  • 45-55 ounces of craft beer
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by climate-controlled barrel bus
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
  • 600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 21 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    600 N Clark St
    600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    The Barrel Run
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Tierra D
2 contributions
Awesome tour
Great experience.. I’m glad we took the tour we were able to taste different beers from local breweries.. the owner was so nice and has an awesome behind his business. Great tour for Chicago
Written 2 October 2021
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Sheila F
Florida7 contributions
Great birthday
We booked this tour for my husband’s birthday and was great. We visited 3 breweries but only the first one, smallest one, gave us an small tour. The other 2 breweries just had a beer or a flight, but was good experience anyway.
Written 20 September 2021
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Marivel R
Chicago, United States21 contributions
Bucket List MUST!!
Jun 2021
I wanted to impress my New York family and the Barrel Bus did not disappoint!! It was a private tour that included stops for Italian Beefs and an underground speakeasy. I will definite recommend this to anyone who wants to WOW your guest, or just have a fun day with a few friends. I am Chicago and was delighted to learn about some hidden gems. The front office and tour guides were on point.
Written 8 September 2021
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FORREST
3 contributions
Excellent experience
Jun 2021 • Couples
10 stars. Incredible experience. David was amazing, as were all of the places we visited. Can't recommend this enough. Definitely add to your bucket list when in Chicago.
Written 26 June 2021
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David B
It was a pleasure having you join our Brewery Tour. We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you!
Written 28 June 2021
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Jennifer K
Deerfield, IL3 contributions
Great Group Activity
Jun 2021
I'm new to Chicago and wasn't sure what to do for my birthday. I ended up renting out the entire bus to have for my group and working with David and his team was fantastic. They gave us a list of brewery suggestions and helped me find the perfect ones for my group to visit. He also let us stop at a fun Chicago touristy spot to get a group picture at with the skyline behind us. He was flexible with our drop off location and was accommodating with the specific times we wanted. The bus was extremely comfortable and they even had a cooler with ice on it for us. I couldn't recommend this more!
Written 16 June 2021
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Heather S
Metairie, LA3 contributions
Great company!
We unfortunately didn’t get to go on a tour due to Covid, but I had messaged the company and they replied back saying how sorry they are that they could not run due to restrictions. But they left me the most amazing and detailed brewery recommendations! Will totally go back to Chicago and take this tour when everything is back to normal.
Written 10 October 2020
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ChicagoAlleyCat
Chicago133 contributions
The Barrel Bus Charter Was A Lot Of Fun!!
Feb 2020
My husband and I contacted The Barrel Run inquiring about their private charter for a 50th birthday party. David contacted me right away and he was very friendly and helpful in answering all of my questions. Danielle, who helped with coordination, was also great and responded to my emails immediately when I had any questions about the logistics. We chartered the 36 person Barrel Bus for 4 hours and they picked us up on the northwest side of Chicago and we went to 3 different breweries. The Barrel Bus arrived exactly on time to pick us up. Ben, who was our host on the bus, was awesome!! He was so much fun and did an awesome job helping us keep to our schedule!! The driver was impressive with how he managed the tight turns. The outside of the bus is really cool looking and the inside was a nice set up with padded seating on each side so everyone can face each other. They provided a plastic tote with ice for drinks and one for garbage and you can play your own music via bluetooth and use their microphone. Everyone had a blast inside The Barrel, singing to the music, drinking and talking. One note, if you plan to drink on The Barrel Bus you may want to bring a cup with a secure top for any unfinished drinks that you leave on the bus when you get off because there are no drink holders in The Barrel Bus. Overall, the experience from start to finish was easy and convenient and fun and we definitely plan to rent The Barrel Bus for a private charter again in the near future!!
Written 6 March 2020
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collinaporteus
Ferndale, MI1 contribution
An excellent twist on the “party bus” concept.
Feb 2020
We were a bachelor party made up of casual beer drinkers and beer enthusiasts alike. We were looking for a way to spend sometime on Saturday and the Barrel Run bus you’re was excellent. Coordination was great, sending us to a tour/tastings at Lake Effect Brewing, a pint at Revolution, and a tasting at Great Central. It was well worth it; a great experience that was perfect for our group.
Written 25 February 2020
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Exploration660109
1 contribution
Barrel Run Brewery Review
Oct 2019 • Couples
Fun get together for our whole adult family. We started at Lake Effect which is a small brewery that seems to be pretty young. The owner was with us the whole time telling us his story and answering questions. There are no tables at this stop. Our second stop was Old Irving where we were able to order food and it was delish. This place had indoor bags and was a nice place to hang. Our last stop was Revolution which was the biggest of the three. We ended up not taking the bus back and hung out for a couple more hours. We will be back on the barrel run to check out the other breweries and distilleries. Our tour guide was great and the driver was very nice as well.
Written 14 October 2019
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Brenda D
182 contributions
First time fun
This tour is a must do for couples, friends, or even team meetings. We visited 3 breweries, learned some history, and drank several styles of beer.
This was fun and exciting!
Written 13 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Fun Beer Barrel Brew Tour
I highly recommend this tour. It was well worth the time and well worth the money. Our guide was knowledgeable an
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Amazing Time in a Barrel Shaped Bus!
There was a group of 13 of us that rented the bus for a private brewery tour and it was amazing! We had a great tim
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The Barrel Run to Wrigley
We moved 56 mostly out of town people from a downtown Hotel to Wrigley Field during a corporate off site last week
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Excellent
The host / driver / tour guide was awesome. Super kind and calm and patient. Very pleasant to hang out with him and
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An easy planning experience
The team at the Barrel run is top notch. From initial inquiry and booking, to working out the route details with Da
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Ted and Jacob were great.
We have a great day with Barrel Run team. They were in good spirtis and the tour was top notch. I would recommend
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Awesome Wedding Transportation
We used the barrel run for our wedding transportation to photos and the venue. The driver and advisor were awesome
kgraham2019
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Excellent Service
I would highly recommend the Barrel Bus for local transportation, a fun evening out, or a local speakeasy tour.
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Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend Fun
My fiancé and I decided we wanted to do something together with our wedding party so we scheduled a tour with The B
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Great night out
I did a private barrel run event for a friends bachelor party. Even though we are all from Chicago, it introduced
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Easy. Fun. Different!
This whole company is so polite and easy to work with. Booking was easy. The tour guide and driver were awesome. We
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Bachelorette Party Blast!!!
Did the distillery tour for part of a bachelorette party and it was absolutely perfect! Tour guide and driver were
kim882018
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Barrel of Fun
Booked the Barrel Run for my husbands birthday. Great time!!! Everyone was friendly and ready to enjoy the day. H
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Birthday tour
Great experience! 13 in our group and all thought it was awesome. Thank you for the great stories/knowledge gained
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Great time
Everyone was great and the event was very well organized by them. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to h
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