1. Can I BYOB?
Alcohol can be consumed on the bus (State and Federal laws apply). We will have water and light snacks on the tour and you are welcome to bring a few non-alcohol beverages on the bus. Beer and wine packages are available for purchase. Any alcohol purchased at the breweries can be stored in the cooler and consumed on the bus.
2. What does the tour include?
Other than fun with friends and family, the tour includes transportation to two or four local breweries in three to five hours, behind the scenes tours and tastings at the discretion and availability of the breweries on the tour, and bottled water light snacks and coolers with ice to keep your beverages cold. Every rider must have a ticket.
3. Do you have to be over 21? Can I bring my infant or toddler or 15 year old?
In accordance with Federal and State Law, all participators in the Central IL Brew Tours experience must be 21 or over. IDs will be checked prior to entering the bus. We are unable to accommodate infants, toddlers or any minors under the age of 21.
4. Do we get food on the tour?
Light snacks are provided. We highly recommend eating a solid meal prior to your tour experience. Some breweries offer food for purchase. You are welcome to bring water, or non-alcohol beverages on the bus.
5. How many people can we bring?
Our tours can accommodate 8-12 people and require 8 for booking. All tours must be booked 2 weeks in advance.
6. If I’m not drinking do, I have to pay for a ticket?
We do require all our guests to purchase a ticket, you’ll get the same experience minus the booze!
7. Do you have a cancellation policy?
Stuff comes up, we get it. You will be missed. While we don’t offer refunds, we can absolutely book you on another tour as long as you let us know 72 hours before your tour date! Cancellation occurring within 72 hours of tour or no shows will not receive refund or rescheduling of the tour. Central IL Brew Tours reserves the right to cancel tours due to unsafe weather or unfavorable roadways. Consideration for such circumstances is determined by the tour guide/driver. At time of tour cancellation due to said circumstances, all available efforts will be taken to notify the scheduled customers.
8. Where do we meet?
We will inform guests of the meeting spot for a particular tour 24-48 hours before that tour begins. This ensures that we can always choose a location that offers the best accessibility, parking, overnight paid parking options, etc.!
9. Is tipping required?
Tipping is not required! But tips are graciously welcomed and accepted. If you enjoy the experience your driver provided, show them some love! Any tips you give the drivers and hosts are 100% theirs to keep!
10. How long will the tour last?
Tour typically last 3 – 5 hours depending on the breweries visited, and travel times.
11. Is music provided on the bus?
YES! Our tour bus equipped with a premium sound system with blue-tooth compatibility. DJ Spotify is available if you choose as well!
12. What should I bring with me?
We do our best to provide everything you might need. All you need to bring is curiosity, a good attitude, your legal ID and a method of payment for any food, additional beer or merchandise you might purchase along the way. We provide light snacks and a cooler full of bottled water (with extra room for any to-go beer you might buy).
13. Is Central IL Brew Tours a party bus? What happens if I drink too much?
Thanks for asking. We are not a party bus. Our goal is to help you explore and understand craft beer, not to get you drunk. Our tours are very structured, and we keep a tight timetable. We do not tolerate guests who become too intoxicated or abusive to our team, other patrons or the staff/patrons of the breweries we visit. If you are looking for transportation from bar to bar, so you can safely drink, we can refer you to companies offering that service.
We reserve to right to deny alcohol service to any guest who becomes too intoxicated or behaves disrespectfully on the bus or in any of the breweries. In extreme cases, we will ask a guest to leave the tour and provide him/her with cab transportation back to the pick-up spot or home. We encourage responsible drinking, and suggest that every group designate a driver, or get a ride/taxi/Uber/Lyft to and from the pick-up/drop-off location. We also reserve the right to refuse boarding to any guest who we suspect may already be intoxicated.