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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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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

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    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago's entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago's entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    16 positive reviews
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    Science of Alcohol Tour

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    She BLINDED me, with SCIence! Don't pretend like you don't know the song. Ever wonder why Thomas Dolby said "science "instead of" alcohol"? Maybe because alcohol IS science, by some transitive property. But enough about one-hit wonders. Let's talk liquor. Get ready to learn all about how CH makes Vodka, Gin and lots of other spirits from locally-grown grains. This tour includes "The Tradition", a special take on the classic Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH Vodka, with rye bread and pickles. Time Out Chicago included The Tradition on their list of "The 100 Best Things We Ate and Drank" (www.chdistillery.com/press) and it's the perfect way to wrap up the tour of this beautiful Vodka distillery! Just remember Newton's Third Law of Motion, paraphrased as "drink responsibly!"
    Science of Alcohol Tour

    564 W Randolph St, Chicago

    • Learn all about how CH makes vodka, gin, and loads of other spirits from locally-grown grains
    • Experience "The Tradition", CH's take on the Russian way to drink vodka: ice cold CH vodka with rye bread and pickles
    • Tour a beautiful and mesmerizing vodka distillery unlike any other
    • Meet other alcohol enthusiasts who are just as eager to broaden their knowledge of the craft as you are!
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    Distillery Tour

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    Want to tour a distillery? How about one in the heart of Chicago's Industrial district? Come along for an inside look at the processes necessary to make some of your favorite and most delicious local spirits. You will learn all about the distillation techniques and the special recipes that make distilleries unique. Get to try some of your favorites straight from the source and sample drinks whether they're your go-to favorites or something new. Experience the fun of seeing what goes into making carefully crafted and perfected spirits!
    Distillery Tour

    2010 W Fulton St, Chicago

    • Get an insider's look inside the distillation process with a tour of a local distillery
    • See how some of your favorite drinks are crafted and perfected
    • Sample a variety of spirits and figure out which one is your favorite
    • Have a great time learning all about intricate distilling processes
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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

    10033 S Western 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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    Distillery Tour

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    Chicago Distilling Company was founded in 2010 when the DiPrizio family turned a family pastime of making moonshine and wine in the Northwoods of Wisconsin into what promises to be a multi-generational business. Production of their first batch of spirits began in the Fall of 2013 in the Logan Square Neighborhood of Chicago. Explore the grounds and learn about the art of the distillation with a start'to'finish tour of the Chicago Distilling Company's production floor. If you've ever wondered about the many processes that go into converting grain to delicious alcohol, this is your chance for an inside look. Enjoy a sampling of Chicago Distillery's fabulous spirits, made with local ingredients, most of the grain is farmed less than 50 miles away! You'll also be able to relax in the the Distillery's cozy tasting room. A perfect way to lift your spirits!
    Distillery Tour

    2359 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    • Expand your knowledge of distilled liquors during a comprehensive distillery tour
    • Discover the processes behind creating some of the most renowned spirits
    • Learn about the hard work and commitment that has gone into taking a family pastime and turning it into a modern distillery
    • Enjoy tasting the award winning spirits
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    2 positive reviews
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    Quincy Street Distillery Tour

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    Embark on a distillery tour to uncover the entire distillation process, and taste its magnificent spirits. Close your eyes and imagine the combination of the refreshing taste of history, and the unique expressions of craftsmanship. Better yet, you'll learn about Quincy Street Distillery's new products, and even discover how spirits are stored in barrels. Hear the history and stories behind their products, and sampling their classic formulas and distinct tastes. Experience a whole new style of craftsmanship!
    Quincy Street Distillery Tour

    39 E Quincy St, Riverside

    • Enjoy a tour with your friends and family as you learn the process of distilling, including making cuts and the storing of spirits in barrels
    • Discover the world of spirits that blend the creative with the classic
    • Hear the history and stories behind wondrous craftsmanship
    • Sample delightful tastings from the distillery
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    1 positive reviews
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    Distillery Tour

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    Come experience first hand the fascinating process of craft distilling at the Copper Fiddle Distillery, which prides itself on having all of its grains sourced from the Midwest -- and all of its distilling equipment made in the USA! Gain insight into the process of handmade distilling from start to finish, grain to bottle, since every step of the process happens right at Copper Fiddle's Lake Zurich location! After you see how the products are made, meet the people responsible for their creation as you sample the finest spirits .. made on site, of course. Cheers!
    Distillery Tour

    532 W IL Rt 22, Lake Zurich

    • Get a behind the scenes look at the spirit distilling process from grain to bottle
    • Enjoy a guided tour of a local craft distillery and all its facilities and equipment
    • Meet the masters behind the distilling process to learn the history of Copper Fiddle
    • Sample a selection of some of the finest spirits made right there on site
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    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

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    Fast paced city life got you stressed? Slow down and take a trip to the countryside to regain some strength and composure. You'll depart from downtown Chicago and drive past scenic Duneland on your way to visit wonderful artisan wineries. These wineries cater to locals who appreciate wines made from grapes grown in Indiana and other states in the Midwest. Stop at three wineries and enjoy tastings while learning about the wines from the winemakers who made it. You'll also will enjoy a gourmet lunch made from local Midwest farm ingredients. Enjoy a nice day in the country and a wonderful gourmet lunch in Chesterton, in the heart of the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Feel better? You knew you would.
    Duneland Wine Tasting Tour

    505 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Experience the Indiana wine scene on a relaxing and informative tour
    • Visit three tasting rooms and learn the different flavor profiles of the region
    • Take in the beautiful Duneland wilderness and local culture
    • Spend a day drinking wine and learning the history that surrounds the area
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    Private Tea Tasting

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    Ready to up your hoight? Remember -- You can't spell "Tsk-tsk" without a tea (or two). Take this private tea tasting to expand your knowledge of the healthier caffeine. You'll explore the large assortment of artisan teas in a one-on-one session with a knowledgeable staff. Alone or with friends, you'll learn all about tea, and get to try its finest varieties. The establishment offers 100+ different teas from all the major tea-growing regions, and you get to select and try all that piques your interest. Experience the beguiling variety of aromas and flavors in the company of our knowledgeable Tea Guides. You're sure to enjoy the journey! Now, repeat after me: "The rain, in Spain... falls mainly on the plain."
    Private Tea Tasting

    E Ontario & N State St, Chicago

    • Explore a large assortment of artisan teas in a 1-on-1 session with a knowledgeable staff
    • Learn all about tea, and try its finest varieties -- fun for groups or solo enthusiasts!
    • Discover a complicated history via flavor
    • Taste varieties until you find your favorite teas for energizing, healing and for calming down
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    1 positive reviews

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