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    Brewery Tours

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    The resurgence of craft beer is now! Your Prohibition-Era expert will guide you on an all-inclusive adventure to taste samples at three breweries and tour one brewing production facility. Enjoy the distinctive qualities of Chicago craft brewing, while reveling in the artistic triumphs of this charming and historic city. This full-bodied voyage will indeed leave your palette pleased! Did you know Chicago's first mayor owned a Brewery? -- As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn the history of Chicago's beer industry and how it traces its origins back to the 1800's. Your guide will provide educational and entertaining insights about Chicago politics in connection with breweries and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. 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 and start your one-of-a-kind Chicago Brewery Tour. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. Stop by large and small facilities so you can get a sense of what it was like to walk into a brewery before Prohibition. You'll receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. At the production facility, you'll learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer throughout the tour. So, Carpe Diem -- loosely translated, it means 'grab a beer' in Latin!
    Brewery Tours

    River North, Chicago

    • Enjoy a tour and tastings at three craft breweries in Chicago
    • Taste the distinctive qualities of the city's craft brews
    • Learn about history and the brewing process from a Prohibition-era expert
    • Drink 45-55 ounces of delicious craft beer with your friends
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    Beer Brewing

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    Have you ever wondered what the perfect beer would taste like? Well, wonder no longer because now you can actually learn how to make the beer of your dreams, yourself! During this beer brewing class, you and a friend will learn all about the beer brewing process, starting with key terminology and ingredient selection. Next, things will get more hands-on as you make a 5 gallon batch (approximately 48 bottles) of your very own craft beer. In the second session of this course, you'll return about a month later, once your beer has fermented. At this point, put the finishing touches on your dream beer to take home and enjoy. Every great craft beer is born through this same small-scale process, but the greatest beers require a vivid imagination and a little trial and error. Who knows? You could start the next Dogfish Head Brewery.
    Beer Brewing

    9030 S. Hermitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the beer making process from brewing to bottling
    • Discuss techniques for brewing, storing, and evaluating a quality beer
    • Practice brewing your own beer as you make a batch to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    9 positive reviews
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    Haymarket Riot + Brewery Running Tour

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    "It began with a rally... but the consequences are still being felt today." - William J. Adelman Join CRTC for a 4-mile tour that features anarchism and architecture. Along the way you'll see the The Willis Tower, Dearborn Station at Printer's Row, Greektown, Union Station, Old St. Patrick's Cathedral and The Palmer House Hotel. And of course you'll visit the memorial site of the 1886 Haymarket Riot, which stirred labor movements around the world. All that body-moving and history-learning will probably make you thirsty. Not to worry! You'll end your tour at Haymarket Pub and Brewery, where you'll get to enjoy one Speakerswagon® Pilsner Beer. What's a good run without a beer reward at the end?
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    Haymarket Riot + Brewery Running Tour

    Central Loop, Chicago

    • Enjoy a 4-mile running tour to see some of the most iconic architecture in Chicago
    • Visit sites like The Willis Tower, Dearborn Station, The Palmer House Hotel and more
    • Learn about the 1886 Haymarket Riot and see the the memorial site
    • Get a great workout while discovering a whole new side of Chicago
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    23 positive reviews
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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

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    Before you go and drink that last bottle of beer in the fridge, you might want to check this out. Did you know beer is actually an excellent ingredient for a number of delicious recipes? The flavors and layers of complexity can complement and enhance some of your favorite foods. In this class, you'll learn how to wield the power of the pint as you make savory and sweet dishes such as nachos with Dos Equis cheese sauce, beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema, borracho bean, and a roasted pineapple sundae with beer-caramel sauce. Discover the arts of selecting and braising meat, cooking with different types of beer, cutting pineapple, and preparing homemade caramel sauce. Finally, you'll taste the fruits of your labor as you and your classmates sit down to a satisfying meal.
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    Cooking with Beer (Lincoln Square)

    4747 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago

    • Discover the flavorful art of cooking with beer
    • Create enticing dishes such as beer-braised pork tacos with cumin crema and borracho beans
    • Practice skills like selecting and braising pork and utilizing proper spices
    • Find a new purpose for your favorite drink
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    Bike and Brewery Tour

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    Something fun is brewing in Chicago, and this frothy bike outing is your chance to find out. Cruise a lakeside bike path with a local guide that will take you alongside some of the city's most historic neighborhoods: Prairie Mansion District, Chinatown, and Pilsen. As you roll, enjoy anecdotes about the city and its love of beer. Plus, stop at various local establishments for local bites to keep you fueled. Then, end the tour with a walkthrough of Lagunitas Brewery to see the magic of how it's made. Bet you can't wait to drink it all in, huh?
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    Bike and Brewery Tour

    239 E Randolph St, Chicago

    • Explore several historic districts during a leisurely cycling tour
    • Stop at various eateries for samples, and tour Lagunitas Brewery
    • Enjoy anecdotes about the city's history and beer scene
    • Treat yourself to a fun, social exploration of Chicago
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    12 positive reviews
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    Brewery Tour

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    Want to see how a small local brewery operates? Want to learn about the beer brewing process? Want to sample the latest hand crafted beers from Lake Effect? If the answers to any of those questions were "Yes", then take part in one of these FREE tours! Receive an up close and personal tour with Lake Effect Brewing Company's brew master, and get a number of beer tastes (sold separately at a satellite bar located steps away), including upcoming releases, and from time to time, rare vintage beers. Lake Effect Brewing will show you the process of their famous craft brews as you dissect the process of brewing, and how hops are transformed into the delicious nectar you sip, gulp, and possibly even chug during happy hour. You'll also get an inside look at the working brewery, bottling area, barrel room, and urban farm. With this newfound knowledge, you might even be able to start a craft brew of your own!
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    Brewery Tour

    4727 W Montrose Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the intricate brewing process used by Lake Effect Brewing Company
    • Witness the transformation, firsthand, from hops to brew on this tour
    • Taste test a collection of Lake Effect Brewing Company beers
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

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    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 1800's. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide will provide 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. The best part? You will receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer 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.
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Travel to various breweries in a fun unique Prohibition-era styled barrel bus!
    • Gain a deep educational insight into Chicago politics in connection with breweries
    • Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer
    • Capture these"‹ interesting breweries "‹with great photos as you make one-of-a-kind memories!
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    2 positive reviews
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    Basics of Craft Beer Making

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    A home brewer can legally make up to 100 gallons of beer or wine a year, or if two adults are living in the house, 200 gallons per year. This class will show you just how simple it is to make wine or beer. You will learn about the thousands of ingredients, different accessories, as well as multiple techniques used in making beer and wine. So time to put your mind to the test as you master homebrew basics and design your own craft beer. Taste the hops. Taste the beer. Drink up this phenomenal experience!
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    Basics of Craft Beer Making

    335 W Northwest Highway, Palatine

    • Create your own craft beer
    • Learn the fundamentals of homebrewing and mix ingredients like hops and special grains to create your unique brew
    • Discover the process of brewing, fermentation, and what to look for in a delicious beer
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    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

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    Are you interested in going on a three-hour walk? If you said yes, you're probably just being polite. But what if we told you there's BEER involved -- really, really good beer. Discover Chicago's finest beer on this three-hour walking tour of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. With a knowledgeable guide, you'll learn about Chicago's history related to immigration and brewing -- from the late 1600s to the present day -- and visit bars, restaurants, and other locally owned establishments, including the bar that doubled as "Molly's" on the TV show Chicago Fire. You'll also enjoy a Chicago-style hotdog and get a look at some of the city's historical architecture. So let's see: You've got exercise, beer, hot dogs, and architecture. Yep, I'd say that checks off just about every box!
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    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

    W Cortland St, Chicago

    • Spend 3 hours touring Chicago's Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhood, enjoying some of the best beer in the region
    • Visit innovative and homey watering holes, including the bar featured on the TV show Chicago Fire
    • Explore "Beer Baron Row"where a majority of the old German beer barons used to live in the late 1800s
    • Admire Chicago's famed architecture and hear stories from your guide about the area's immigration and brewing history
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

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    So, of course you don't need a tour of beers, you're already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you'll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago's long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you'll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you're an expert or not, you're going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour (Sat) *

    Harrigan's, Chicago

    • Sip your way through Lakeview and Lincoln Park's best beers on a 3-hour walking tour of 2 iconic Chicago neighborhoods
    • Follow your guide to a series of bars and breweries for flights of regional craft brews
    • Raise a glass as you learn how Chicago's immigrant cultures created a proud brewing tradition
    • Experience the bar scene like a local, try a classic Midwestern pairing at a beer-and-bacon bar, and see what's on draft in the Windy City
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    5 positive reviews

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