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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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Private and Corporate 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.  Cheers!

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What do people think about Chicagoland Brews Cruise?

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
Driven to Drink Locally June 2021

We recently had the opportunity to do the Beer Ye, Beer Ye tour with Chicagoland Brews Cruise and had a great time. Kirk and his team did a great job of organizing the 3 hour tour and making if fun for all. The breweries were educational, friendly and very engaging with all of our questions & very generous with the tastings!!! The company was awesome and the beer was very enjoyable. IF you have the chance, book a tour soon and have a great time with friends and family.

– Glenn S. | Tripadvisor
We had a great time! June 2021

Great way to spend an afternoon with friends and enjoy some brews. Highly recommended!

– Justin M. | Facebook
Book Your Trip Now! May 2021

What a wonderful afternoon we had!! We boarded our van and headed out to three different breweries in the Batavia, North Aurora area. At each of the breweries we were met by the brewers to share with us the brewing process at one, their sustainability at another and how all their brews have come to be at another. Information, flights and most of all a great time to relax and have a blast with friends!! Our tour guide Todd was very knowledgeable and fun and three cheers for our bus driver Melissa. Please don't hesitate to get a group together and enjoy what the area has to offer. You won't regret it.

– ricoswifeChannahon | Tripadvisor
Awesome experience! May 2021

Kirk is one of the most knowledgeable people I know about craft beer. So his insights are valuable. The tour was so much fun with a bit of Trivia and local history of the area thrown in as we walked from brewery to brewery. The owner at D&G told us a great story of how he got started and how beer is made And had great beers to taste. The 2nd brewery, Pollyanna, gave us an exclusive taste of a first batch that they had just created. And we ended at Alter brewing which had 4 more great beers to taste. Great Tour and I totally recommend it. Fun 3 hrs.

– Jon G. | Tripadvisor
An Afternoon Well Spent Together May 2021

What a great way to spend an afternoon with friends or clients. Kirk has set up a first-rate touring company of local breweries. Not only did we get to sample some great beer, we met with owners and staff to gain insight into their vision and passion for their products. During the tour, Kirk provided us with local history and relevant trivia which really helped the group to share and connect. If you've never been on one, Chicagoland Brews Cruise is for you. Kirk is great to work with and can customize the tour for your varied needs. I can't wait to invite friends and clients out for a Brews Cruise this summer!

– Lance C. | Tripadvisor
Great brew tour May 2021

Best brew tour I’ve been on to date. Very informative and learned from some very passionate brewers. I’m excited to go on some of the other tours they offer to learn more and taste more delicious beer!

– Courtney D. | Tripadvisor