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Brewery Tours

I always seem to forget(/make myself forget) how much I dislike this time change.  Don't get me wrong, I love seeing the sun earlier in the morning.  It sure is rough to watch it set from my desk at work though.

When I worked at the planetarium, we worked under ground.  This meant in the winter there would be days sometimes when I didn't see the sun.  At work before it rises and leaving after it set.  Very sad.


So while I deal with my sadness I thought of an activity you can enjoy in the dark (or sunlight).  Brewery tours!  I've made my way on quite a few in the midwest so let's check them out.  Feel free to share your brewery tour experiences in the comments.

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Goose Island - This was probably my first one, I was a junior or senior in college.  They had pitchers of the beer they were sampling and they went around and around until they were empty.  It was $10 for a pint glass and the samples.  This was 5-6 years ago, not sure what the deal is now.

(This one has completely changed considering it's not even at the same location anymore.)

Budweiser - I bet you thought that would have been my first tour.  It wasn't.  I have been on it a couple times and they seem to keep trimming back the free version.  Although they still give two free beers at the end.


Lagunitas - Free tour through their warehouse brewery.  The bar area has a lot of character which makes a trip there fun.


Schlafly - Free tour with tastings at the end.  You get to walk through the entire production here.  It's crazy to think how many bottles come out of their bottling line.


Half Acre- I went on this one twice.  The first time we went on it was the last weekend they had all their supplies in their Lincoln location and then they started moving things north so they can keep growing.  It was probably more interesting when everything was in there.  They definitely have spunk, which makes it interesting on it's own.  $10 for a pint glass and 3 pints of beer


Lakefront  - This was definitely a high energy tour!  It did cost money for a pint glass and samples, but I can't remember off the top of my head.  I would love to spend more time in their beer hall or outside by the river here.


Revolution - Free tour with a pint of beer.  I really liked this one.  The tour guide showed us all around and gave us a feel for how far Revolution has come.  First come, first serve, grab a ticket from the bar quick.


3 Floyds - Free tour.  This one wasn't my favorite.  It's short and sweet if that's what you're looking for.


Bell's - I liked this one a lot.  It was free, no samples though.  The location in Kalamazoo is small (the original) so it's great to hear about the beginnings and how they got to where they are now.  It made me like Bell's even more.  Which is the goal of every brewery tour, right?


5 Rabbit - This style of tour was different than any tour I went on before.  A brew master gave the tour and he had a great way of explaining things, like the brewing process.  It was a $10 tour and you got a pint glass and a pint of beer for the tour.  It's still a pretty small brewery and they do a lot in house so we were able to see a lot.

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