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Craft Brewery Tours and More in Chicagoland, Illinois

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logoChicago has a legendary history of brewing great beer. For nearly two centuries, brewers have been producing beer for sale in the windy city…and well beyond.

These days, over 200 craft brewers continue the tradition by creating a large number of classic and modern beers in downtown Chicago and the suburbs.

Let Chicagoland Brews Cruise show you why Chicago has become an incredible beer destination by introducing you to the amazing craft beverages being made in Chicago and the surrounding area.

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Our Featured Tours


Take your group on board the Chicagoland Brews Cruise and let our local experts show you around. 

Your specialized tour could visit local sites for everyone to participate in fun activities. It could incorporate a round of golf, a visit to a historical site, live music, and many more options.

With these private tours, we can be flexible on start times and pick-up and drop-off locations.

Let us know about any specific places that your group would like to visit. We will do our best to accommodate them on your private tour. We love trying to make the impossible possible! Learn more…


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My name is Kirk. I am a craft beer enthusiast from Batavia, IL who is passionate about the talented brewers and the success of the growing brewing industry in the Chicagoland area and across the Midwest. 

After years spent in the corporate world, I have decided to leave that behind and partner with the Brews Cruise group to pursue my passion. 

My vision is to help establish the Chicagoland area as a recognized destination for great craft beer. 


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What do people think about Chicagoland Brews Cruise?

Definitely Will Book Again November 2022

We booked for a birthday party event. Kirk was easy to work with scheduling and accommodating us non beer drinkers! Got to experience Auqaviva, whiskey acres and obscurity. The ride to each venue was fun! Full of facts and trivia. My whole group thoroughly enjoyed Kirk and his wife Kathy. I will definitely book again with them 😊 thanks again!!

– Alissa R. | Google
A Real Highlight November 2022

Thank you so much, Kirk, for making this very special trip -- The Best of the West -- happen while we were in Chicago for a conference. It was a real highlight for us, everyone was so accommodating, and that neon green hazy NEIPA is definitely something we will never forget!

– Chris P. | Google
Perfect Outing Idea October 2022

Had a great time on the Best of the West tour! Each brewery gave generous samples and a personalized experience discussing their brewing process and beers. Even got a behind the scenes tour! Kirk made the ride to each stop entertaining with some beer history and trivia. Perfect outing idea if you have some friends that want to get together and enjoy some great beer.

– Allison K.. | Google
Best of the West October 2022

We went on the best of the west tour. We had a great time! We went to AfterThought for our first stop since Noon Whistle had their Oktoberfest going on. It was a great smaller brewery with delicious saisons. After that we went to Alter in Downers Grove and got a tour of their facility. After that, we finished at Whiskey Hill. It was a great way to taste two breweries I have not been to and didn’t have to worry about driving. I’ll be taking more tours!

– Darren P. | Tripadvisor
This Was So Much Fun! September 2022

We received a Groupon for this event so we picked the Sunday Countryside. Very easy to meet up, hop on the bus, and get seated. The guides were so nice and accommodating, kind and knowledgeable! They even did a little trivia on the bus ride to make the ride more smooth. A bonus they had water and pretzels for the in between rides, and our ticket included tips at the locations too. We will be back to experience the other routes!

– Amy M. | Google
A Great Way To Experience Chicago August 2022

I booked Brews Cruise for a private outing and everyone had a great time! Kirk led the tour and he was extremely knowledgeable, interactive, and helpful to answer random beer/brewery questions. They take care of everything and coordinate with each brewery ahead of time so we were immediately seated at our own table with flights ready to be served. The Wrigleyville tour is a great way to experience Chicago and Chicago beer. Thanks Brews Cruise!

– Jill A. | Google
This Was Such A Fun Tour! July 2022

We booked it for a bachelorette party and we all had a blast! Krik was such a great guide, making the trip very enjoyable. He was able to accommodate the whole party and I could not recommend this tour more! The breweries were wonderful and they were all set up and ready for us. Will deficiently be booking again with him!

– Rachel R. | Google
Best of the West Tour - Great!! April 2022

I booked the "Best of the West" tour in the western suburbs for a bachelor party and can say it was a blast! Kirk and his wife were great, accommodating, and set up a very nice experience and ride. Would recommend!

– Matthew B. | Tripadvisor
Expertly guided tour! March 2022

A more than fun afternoon! We scheduled and went on the Best of the West Brewery Excursion - Lombard. We met up with Kirk, our guide and an amazing craft beer enthusiast, at Noon Whistle Brewing where we had our first flight of the tour! Kirk is not only knowledgeable, he is fun, engaging and insightful. Our last stop on the tour was Whiskey Hill Brewery where Head Brewer, Eric Flores, hand picked and served us a 4 beer flight and then joined us to share about the beers and the brewery! We look forward to our next tour with Kirk and Chicagoland Brews Cruise! Cheers!

– Mary Kay S. | Facebook
Great way to celebrate November 2021

Wonderful tasting experience of a winery, brewery and distillery! Great way to celebrate with a special group of friends!

– Jennifer S. | Google
Bachelorette Party October 2021

We went on the Best of the West tour for a bachelorette party in September and had a great time. Kirk was very accommodating and made sure everyone had a great time. We really enjoyed all the breweries, where they gave us the perfect combination of information on the beer (with heavy pours) and time to ourselves. I would highly recommend for any small get-together! Thanks Kirk!

– Jamie S. | Tripadvisor
College Besties on Halloween October 2021

We loved learning about a local distillery, a brewery and winery with yummy tastings. The party bus was safe and comfortable! What a wonderful way to catch up with friends & celebrate Halloween!

– L4104QGjennifers | Tripadvisor
Calling all craft beer lovers! June 2021

What better way to experience a sampling of craft breweries in your area than a guided tour? My beer friends and I had been talking about this concept for quite a while. Thanks to Kirk and his team it’s here. The Chicagoland Brews Cruise team are knowledgeable and well-organized making for a smooth trip. At each stop, you’ll learn something and get to sample some great beer from the local breweries. We did the Best of the West tour starting at Noon Whistle before moving on to Alter, and finally Skeleton Key in Woodridge. What a blast! All had a good sampling of their different types of beer. Emily at Skeleton Key was awesome in explaining the brewing process including sampling of hops (smashing and smelling) and malts. Very fun and educational. We will definitely be back for another tour.

– Dave H. | Google
Perfect way to visit those bucket list places! June 2021

What a great tour idea! All the drinking without worrying about driving. I attended the Sunday Afternoon Countryside Cruise and we had a great time! Kirk was a great host and the drive to and from sites was entertaining and enjoyable. The three stops we made provided just the right amount of samples and we had enough time to enjoy our time at each stop. Would recommend!

– Itsslaurenj | Tripadvisor
What a great tour idea! June 2021

All the drinking without worrying about driving. I attended the Sunday Afternoon Countryside Cruise and we had a great time! Kirk was a great host and the drive to and from sites was entertaining and enjoyable. The three stops we made provided just the right amount of samples and we had enough time to enjoy our time at each stop. Would recommend!

– Lauren S. | Google