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    Barrel Bus Craft Distillery Tour

    What better way to visit and taste at local craft distilleries than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy style, hidden vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Distillery Tour. As you are taken from distillery to distillery in this jitney, your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago's liquor industry originating in the 1800's. Hear stories of George Remus, the man who owned many of the distilleries across America during Prohibition. Learn about the affect that Prohibition laws had on Chicago, and how certain gangs were developed to facilitate the transport of illegal hooch.
    Barrel Bus Craft Distillery Tour

    Rock n Roll Mcdonalds, Chicago

    • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach for this once in a lifetime experience
    • Step back in time on all inclusive history tour
    • Enjoy approx 9-12 samples of different flavors of craft spirits along the entire tour
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    Tour of Argus Brewery

    Lager lovers of the world, lend me your ears! If you haven't been to the widely acclaimed Argus Brewery of Chicago, here's your chance to right that wrong. On this 90 minute tour, you'll learn the history and process behind the exceptional brews created in a 1900s era distribution stable that once housed the Schlitz horse team and carriages. Taste popular selections such as Ironhorse, Holsteiner Lager, and Pegasus IPA, and take home a commemorative Argus Brewery Glass that will be sure to hold not just your favorite suds, but also countless memories of a day well spent. This activity is for beer lovers 21 and older only.
    Tour of Argus Brewery

    11314 S Front St, Chicago

    • See the process behind the superior suds at Argus Brewery with a 90 minute tour
    • Taste popular brews and receive a commemorative Argus Brewery glass
    • Sip on local favorites such as Ironhorse, Holsteiner Lager, and Pegasus IPA
    • Learn all about the history of this beloved Chicago brewery
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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!
    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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    87 positive reviews
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    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    Take an expertly guided walking tour to 3 of the best tasting rooms in Chicago’s West Loop area. Your tastings will include wines from the Midwest and across the world! Enjoy the scene of one of Chicago’s most vibrant neighborhoods and enjoy small food plates along the way. By the end of the tour, you’ll know the difference between a Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, and Champagne and Cava. The tasting rooms are selected by experts who are themselves winemakers of a private label wine brand and members of the Michigan Wine Council and the Illinois Grape Growers and Vintners Association.
    Chicago West Loop Tasting Trail

    1200 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Discover the hidden treasure of the Midwest - WINE!
    • Selections are expertly curated from Illinois, Indiana, Southwest Michigan and around the world
    • Indulge in food plates along the way
    • Enjoy 3 tastings in 3 hours in downtown Chicago
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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!
    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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    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.
    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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    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.
    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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    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

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    Impress everyone at your next dinner party with your knowledge of fine wines and rich mahogany cupboards... well, maybe not so much the latter. Join Discovery Center for an exciting evening of wine and good times as you learn the delicate art of wine tasting. There's more than red vs. white or box vs. bottle. For budding wine enthusiasts, you'll cultivate your palate and expand your wine vocabulary, becoming the vino expert among your friends. Taste your way through exquisite wines and develop a taste of your own. You will also learn the nuances of terroir and the many viniculture techniques used to impact the aroma and taste of wine. No wine list shall intimidate you ever again!
    Wine Tasting: Become a Connoisseur

    4318 N Elston Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the delicate art of wine tasting by cultivating your palate and expanding your wine vocabulary
    • Taste several classical grape varietals of the world and discover their aromas and flavor profiles
    • Gain command of wine and food pairings, storage, and how to select wine at a restaurant or shop
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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

    600 N Clark St, 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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    33 positive reviews
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    Winemaking Class

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    How many times have you been to Napa Valley or Sonoma County? Forget about those long flights and expensive trips because now, you can learn to make your very own wine, locally. During this class, learn all about the winemaking process, from selecting the proper grapes, all the way to bottling and labeling. In the first of this two session class, you will discover various approaches and techniques to this art form, as well as create 24-28 bottles of your very own wine. Once your wine ferments, you'll return and fine tune your product by balancing, stabilizing, and adjusting the tannin and sugar levels of your vino. Finally bottle, cork, and label your final product so that it's ready to break out at your next party and impress all your guests. Stop for a second and smell the roses -- or grapes -- because the next world-famous vino could be right under your nose.
    Winemaking Class

    9030 S. Hermitage Ave, Chicago

    • Learn about the fine art of winemaking
    • Discuss winemaking approaches, bottling techniques, and what to look for when tasting wine
    • Practice making your very own Chardonnay or Cabernet to take home and enjoy
    • No experience necessary
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    8 positive reviews

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