Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to have a full bus or can I book a small group?

You can absolutely book a small group of 2 or more people and we can group you with others! However, if we don’t have enough patrons to run the tour, we reserve the right to contact you in advance and refund or reschedule your tour. We will do everything possible to provide you with a memorable experience!

How many breweries will I visit?

Each tour will visit 3-4 different breweries, depending on the length of the tour and the distances involved. Our typical tours have three stops. Tours run seven days a week. If you don’t see a tour and you want to take a tour, let us know and we can build a tour just for you (based on availability of breweries and their hours).

Where do I meet the bus?

The bus pick up at several locations.  You select your pickup location when booking the tour. The pickup time for your selected location will be provided 24-48 hours before your tour departs. Due to travel times, some pickup times may be 30 – 45 minutes before the first brewery stop. Because we are on a tight schedule, the bus will not be able to wait for late arrivals. Don’t see a convenient pickup location? Contact us and we’ll do our best to find a convenient location.

Are the breweries the same for each tour?

No! We like to keep it fresh and support all our local breweries, wineries and distilleries!  All the breweries we visit offers a unique varieties of tasty craft beers. We’ve taste-tested them all!

How long does the tour last?

Tours typically last 4-1/2 hours, except for Michigan which is typically 6-7 hours. If your tour is the last tour of the day, at the driver’s discretion, your tour can be extended at an hourly rate of $110.00

Do I have to be 21 to take the tour?

Due to Indiana State Law, persons must be 21 or older to enter the breweries; therefore, you must be 21 to take a tour on the Illiana Brew Bus.

Can I bring my empty growler from home to refill?

Absolutely- we encourage it! As a matter of fact, if you decide to purchase a growler from one of our stops, we have coolers on the bus to keep it cold!

What is a “growler” ?

A growler is a glass jug that typically carries a half-gallon of fresh beer. Growlers are filled straight from the tap and are sealed with a twist-cap. Once you purchase your initial glass growler, the refill cost is usually significantly less. Most breweries will fill growlers from other establishments. However, they may place a sticker from the brewery on the glass. Most breweries offer a smaller container, called a bullet, as well. Beer typically stays fresh for one week after the fill date. I f you purchase the growler or the bullet, you cannot consume it at the brewery. These sales are considered “take out.”

Can I bring my own alcohol on board?

The only alcohol that is permitted on the bus is beer purchased at the breweries.

Is there food on the bus?

Light snacks will be available on the bus. Many of our local breweries also have food available for purchase. We don’t recommend drinking on an empty stomach.

Is there water available on the bus?

Yes, bottled water is provided as a part of your tour complimentary!

Do you accept walk-ups, or do you have to reserve a ticket online?

Yes! However, walk-ups must pay in cash and must have exact change. At this time, Illiana Brew Bus does not accept credit cards for walk-ups.

What is your return/refund policy?

All cancellations must be made 15 days in advance of your scheduled tour. Please contact us at illianabrewbus@gmail.com to cancel. If you notify us with at least 15 days notice, you will be given either a full refund or you can select an alternate date.

What if I’m the only one who books a ticket?

We reserve the right to cancel a tour if less than six (6) people have booked 24 hours prior to your tour. At that time, you will be refunded your money or you can select an alternate tour date.

What is your weather policy?

The Illiana Brew Bus will run rain or shine! The only reason a tour may be cancelled is if the area is under a Weather Warning or at the discretion of the owners if conditions are deemed unsafe to travel. Either way, you will be contacted prior to your tour for rescheduling.

Is Illiana Brew Bus wheelchair accessible?

We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs on the bus.

What if people get too intoxicated or unruly?

Illiana Brew Bus and its’ partners reserve the right to refuse service or participation in the tour to anyone who is visibly intoxicated. If your behavior is inappropriate and disrupts other tour guests, you may be asked to leave the tour and return to the starting point at your own expense.

Is Smoking allowed on the Bus?

Unfortunately, no smoking of any kind is allowed on the bus, including vaping and e-cigarettes. Smoking is allowed once off the bus in compliance with Brewery rules. Please observe posted non-smoking signs at brewers facilities!!

What are the Rules?

Rules:

  1. Have a valid ID on you. YOU WILL BE CARDED! NO ID = NO BEER! EXCISE RULES, NOT OURNO refunds will be given for no ID’s
  2. To go containers (growlers, bottles, bombers and bullets) may not be opened and or consumed at the brewery. You can enjoy your beverages on the bus in the passenger area only (behind the white line)
  3. If a breweries legal capacity will be exceeded by our groups entry, there will be a delay in us getting in (Indiana State law).
  4. Keep in mind that the craft beer you will be sampling will be 1-1/2 to 3 times higher in alcohol by volume (ABV) than most domestic beers (Miller, Bud, Corona, Pabst, Old Style, etc.)
  5. If you get sick on the bus, there is a $200.00 clean up fee.
  6. Please clean up after yourselve. A lot of times, we have another tour or a bus rental after your tour. The next group deserves to get on to a clean bus!
  7. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone! These rules are those of the State of Indiana, the breweries that we visit, and Illiana Brew Bus.
  8. Have the time of your life, but don’t ruin it for others!
  9. No beer or alcohol is premitted on the bus other than the beer that was purchased from the breweries on the tour.
  10. Drink responsibly! Use designated drivers!

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Excellent private tours from Illiana Brew Bus

Excellent private tours from Illiana Brew Bus. Our driver, Anthony was great. Very luxurious riding accommodations (comparable to a party bus or limo). The driver even offered to let us play our own music. Each of the breweries had something special to offer. Planning process was very straightforward, and they do an excellent job accommodating you in every way possible to make the experience a great one. It was an awesome way to spend a Saturday night with coworkers and friends. I think I speak for everyone in our group when I say it was a night to remember. Will definitely be looking into another brew bus tour soon. Highly recommended!!

Lance Pisowicz

This was our second time using Illiana Brew Bus and once again it was perfect!!!

This was our second time using Illiana Brew Bus and once again it was perfect!!! I wanted to surprise my fiance and get a group of friends together for a tour for his birthday. Illiana brew bus ended up surprising me by decorating the bus with a birthday banner and decorations and even supplied cups for the growlers we had purchased at the breweries. They recommended the top places to go and made the night run smoothly! We were able to play our own music and everything. SUCH A GREAT TIME! All of our friends kept talking about how awesome it was all night. We will definitely be doing it again!

Ericka Flannery

We did a five brewery tour in southwest Michigan and it was a blast

We did a five brewery tour in southwest Michigan and it was a blast. The driver was awesome friendly & knowledgable on the brews & locations. At every stop, I chat up the brewery staff and have them recommend my next drink or delicious eats. Bring your bus-ride food & munchies too… because you will need them!

Adam Garza

My girlfriends and I had the BEST time today

My girlfriends and I had the BEST time today, October 1st, 2017! The brew bus was comfortable, fun, and had treats for my friends and I. It was very reasonably priced. We visited many wineries and had a blast! The owner and her driver were awesome and made sure we all had an excellent time! We will absolutely do it again! Thank you for your hospitality and a wonderful time!!

Angela Farris Torabi

We’ve used the brew bus twice and have loved the experience both times!

We’ve used the brew bus twice and have loved the experience both times! Will always use Illiana!

Lauren Dinterman

What an awesome time!

What an awesome time! Raquel was amazing- high energy and super outgoing. She was so accommodating in taking pictures and making sure we had time to get what we wanted at each stop. We visited four breweries and each one was better than the last! I would highly recommend this to anyone who is looking to experience some amazing craft beer in Indiana!

Becky Ann

We had a great time with great friends and a great company!!

We had a great time with great friends and a great company!! Illiana brew bus provided us excellent entertainment as well as a professional atmosphere provided by our friendly driver Anthony. Anthony was fun as he drove us to each of out destinations! Thank you Anthony for a wonderful time!

Kimberly Schoff

We had a BLAST on the Brew Bus

We had a BLAST on the Brew Bus. We would absolutely do it again. Raquel was very fun and interactive with us but also professional (plus she dealt with our drunken silliness).
Our favorite brewery was St. John Malt Bros. They were extremely welcoming and generous.

We can’t wait to come up with another excuse to take the Brew Bus

Lauren Cashen

The Illiana Brew Bus is the way to go!

The Illiana Brew Bus is the way to go! Worry free night out. Wine Tours a must! I’ve been on the other, will definitely choose Illiana over any other.

Lorie Boyer

A great experience

A great experience – Raquel took great care of booking and answering any questions I had along the way. Angel, our driver, was nice, fun, and did a great job of making sure we got to each stop on time. The bus itself was clean and had lots of space. We had a fun girl’s day out and will definitely recommend to others! Thank you

Nikki Trama

What a pleasure it is to work with Raquel!

What a pleasure it is to work with Raquel! We put our heads together and Illiana Brew Bus is participating in a wonderful fundraiser for Officer Joe Pacheco, a Munster Police Officer who was diagnosed with stage IV, aggressive, inoperable, malignant brain tumor. The news has shaken his world. And thanks to Illiana Brew Bus, they are donating a private tour experience at an upcoming event to help raise money to support Officer Joe and his family. Thank you so much for your generosity, kindness and giving back to the community!

Jennifer Cosenza

We had a great time visiting a couple breweries we had never been to before.

We had a great time visiting a couple breweries we had never been to before. Raquel was a great host and driver, while providing all the contacts and information we needed along the way. We will do this again!

Joseph Krajnik

There was 14 of us we had a great time

There was 14 of us we had a great time. Our driver was awesome even took us to White Castle on the way back. Highly recommended!!

Tommy Pawlak

Supurb! Rochelle is the best driver ever!

Supurb! Rochelle is the best driver ever! Best egg rolls made by here.

Toni Marie
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